15 Vegetables You Can Grow in Containers

Naman Bajaj
February 18, 2024

Don't let the lack of a backyard discourage you from having a vegetable garden. You can grow seasonal produce in containers as long as they receive sufficient sunlight and water. Here are 15 vegetables that you can grow in a container or pot on your patio or balcony:

Potatoes

Growing potatoes in containers is simple. Just put the container in a light and sunny spot and water it well.

  • Container size: At least 12 inches wide and 12 inches deep
  • Harvesting period: Late spring onwards
  • Sunlight per day: 6-8 hours of direct sunlight

Beans

You can grow different varieties of beans in containers, from fava beans to pole beans. They can even grow in spaces that need partial sunlight.

  • Container size: At least 12 inches wide
  • Harvesting period: Summer onwards
  • Sunlight per day: At least 6 hours of direct sunlight

Peas

You can grow and pick fresh peas off the plant. They can be harvested throughout summer and can be easily grown in containers.

  • Container size: At least 12 inches wide
  • Harvesting period: Summer
  • Sunlight per day: 6-8 hours of direct sunlight

Radish

Radish is one of the fastest growing vegetables. You can try a range of colors, shapes, and flavors. Some varieties can even be grown in shallow containers.

  • Container size: At least 12 inches wide and 6 inches deep
  • Harvesting period: Spring to fall
  • Sunlight per day: At least 6 hours

Eggplant

You can grow compact varieties of eggplants, such as Meatball, Fairytale, or Patio Baby, in containers.

  • Container size: At least 12-14 inches deep
  • Harvesting period: Spring to summer
  • Sunlight per day: At least 6 hours

Cucumbers

While cucumbers can be grown in containers, they are hungry crops. Make sure to keep them constantly moist and supported as they grow.

  • Container size: At least 10 inches wide and 18 inches deep
  • Harvesting period: Summer
  • Sunlight per day: 6-8 hours

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are one of the most popular crops to grow in a container. Choose shorter bush type tomato varieties as they do not require staking or a cage.

  • Container size: At least 12 inches wide and deep
  • Harvesting period: Summer to early fall
  • Sunlight per day: 6-8 hours

Onions

To grow a decent harvest of onions in a container, you need a wider and shallower pot.

  • Container size: At least 24 inches wide and 10 inches deep
  • Harvesting period: Summer
  • Sunlight per day: 6-8 hours

Arugula

Arugula is perfect for being grown in a container. You canIt can be harvest ited within 6 weeks of planting and add itcan be added to salads, sandwiches, or made into pesto.

  • Container size: At least 6 inches wide and 6 inches deep
  • Harvesting period: Late spring to fall
  • Sunlight per day: At least 6 hours

Carrots

Traditional, longer-rooted carrots need deeper containers (at least 18 inches), but you can grow rounded varieties of carrots in shallower pots.

  • Container size: At least 8 inches wide
  • Harvesting period: Summer to fall
  • Sunlight per day: At least 6 hours

Peppers

Different shapes, colors, and sizes of fiery or sweet peppers can be grown in containers. Make sure to keep the container moist throughout the growing season.

  • Container size: At least 12 inches
  • Harvesting period: Late summer onwards
  • Sunlight per day: 6-8 hours

Lettuce

Lettuce is one of the easiest vegetables to grow in a container. It grows quickly and has shallow roots. Once it grows, you can pluck it directly for your salads and sandwiches.

  • Container size: At least 6 deep
  • Harvesting period: Year-round
  • Sunlight per day: 6-8 hours

Spinach

Similar to lettuce, spinach can be grown from seed in containers. Keep the soil moist until the seeds sprout.

  • Container size: At least 6-8 inches deep
  • Harvesting period: Spring or fall
  • Sunlight per day: 4-6 hours

Kale

Kale is a resilient leafy green that tolerates cold temperatures. It allows for early spring planting or mid to late summer planting for harvests in the fall and early winter.

  • Container size: At least 12 inches wide and deep
  • Harvesting period: Late spring to early summer
  • Sunlight per day: At least 8 hours

Turnips

Newer varieties of turnips are more compact, allowing them to be grown and harvested in containers.

  • Container size: At least 16 wide and 8 inches deep
  • Harvesting period: Summer
  • Sunlight per day: 6-8 hours
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