If you have the passion or plan to grow vegetables for your own food consumption, typically you’ll need a garden. But what if you’re living in one of the apartments in the city or with limited space to have bed garden? The remedy is through the use of pots or vegetables containers.
Vegetable containers are essential in planting foods that you can grow even with a limited space. Through this, you can have your home garden. The question now is which vegetable seeds or seedlings are best to grow in pots?
Many vegetables are grown in beds, especially if the row is long or space is wide. This just means there are more seeds or seedlings to plant, and they naturally grow massively over time – vines and leaves expand here and there. There are also vegetables that don’t grow tall, and those are the kinds of foods to plant in pots.
Pots vary in sizes, and you need to know which ones to use. The measurement of the container depends on the kind of vegetable you want to plant in it. But the standard size to get must have at least 10 inches width and 12 inches depth. For a larger plant, use 16 inches to 20 inches in diameter.
#1 – Tomatoes
The common first choice of many gardeners is tomatoes, because it’s one of the easiest to grow at any season. It’s also among the vegetables that you can plant in containers for a long time. Botanically, this is a fruit but is cooked and consumed as vegetable, so that makes it on the list. Once tomatoes are starting to grow tall, add vertical support.
#2 – Cucumbers
Cucumber is another plant that you can easily grow. Yet, it must be only during spring and summer. Otherwise, they won’t grow in cold season.
#3 – Potatoes
Potato is a famous vegetable as you can cook in a variety of dishes from fries to baked stuffed, stew to mashed potatoes. It’s also the favorite of most kids. So, why not grow them locally in your own home?
#4 – Green Beans
Basically, any type of runner beans can be planted in containers. The only thing that you may like is that they grow really tall and become bushy. You still need to have space to keep their height.
#5 – Turnips, Carrots, Beets
Turnips are usually small plants, but this vegetable requires lots of sun exposure. If you intend to grow turnips at your backyard, place the containers in area where they can get sunlight. Once it’s ready for harvest, you can cook your favorite turnip dish.
Likewise, carrots and beets grow the same when planted in the pots. If you have more space, then you can plant these vegetables in addition to turnips.
#6 – Peppers
This refers to any species of peppers, i.e. bell peppers, jalapeño, chili peppers, and lipstick peppers. You can choose 2 or more varieties, placed in each container, that you can grow. As a vegetarian, you need lots of peppers than what you think.
Other vegetables you can plant in containers are:
1. onions or green onions
5. green leaves, i.e. kale, lettuce, spinach, cabbage, arugula
Before you start planting, have all your tools ready. There must be enough soil and the right one to use for your vegetables. After putting all the soil in the container, pour enough water. Wait for a few hours (when the soil is drained) before you bury the seeds or seedlings in the pot. Water again once you plant the vegetables.
It’s important that you take care of your vegetable plants. You need to daily check and water them so they grow bountifully and healthily. Make sure there are no insects, weeds, and other things that can stop the plants from growing. After several weeks, it won’t be too long before you can harvest foods that you can cook.
It would be really nice to have your own home-grown foods. It makes you more interested and feel enjoyed cooking traditional dishes if you’ve sowed and reaped them. This idea also helps in cutting down some of your grocery or food expenses. There’s nothing to lose except the time and effort you put in growing those plants.
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