The BEST Container Vegetables

Container vegetables have become trendy, especially in the large cities where people live in apartments or have very tiny backyards.

Vegetables, herbs, flowers are all great for container growing on your pato.

If you want to try out your hand at growing your own vegetables and do not have the space, time or desire to have a large garden this is a great way to go.

Learn more about container gardening and get inspired to grow your own veggies.

Now to get started especially if you a new gardener here is a list of some common vegetables that will grow well in containers.

Container vegetables that are very productive for me:

  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Collards
  • Cress
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Mustard greens
  • Scallions
  • Oriental greens
  • Peas
  • Peppers
  • Radish
  • Spinach
  • Swiss chard
  • Tomato

For more information on any specific vegetable please go to my vegetable list. Here you will find easy and useful information for planting, growing and harvesting your favourites. 

Parsley, swiss chard, oriental greens

In the early to mid 2000’s I grew organic vegetables commercially on 2 acres, then 5 years ago I moved back to the city and apartment living. 

Smaller spaces and more concrete lead to relooking at how I would garden.  I knew I still wanted to grow some veggies, just to keep my hands dirty.   Now in the city I only had access to a small balcony so I renewed my interest and experimented in container gardening. 

The first year I grew some great cucumbers, peas, salad greens and herbs.  Over the last few years I have experiments with some root crops like carrots and brassicas like broccoli.  I have some fails, but mostly great successes.  

Tomatoes growing in a large metal wash bin.

If you are not sure where to start check out your local nursery in the spring and see what veggie transplants they are selling.  This will give you an idea of what will grow well in your area.  

Choosing right size of pot or container is very important for container gardening.  Read more of the pros and cons of the container size needed for specific vegetables.

Ripening tomatoes growing in a container.

Gardening is about experimenting.  What works for me may not work for you.  The weather,  sunlight, amount of water, soil fertility all affect how a plant will grow. 

Pests or disease can crop up one year and be gone the next.  Take the time to document what you grow and how they produced as it is not always easy to remember from season to season.  Most of all enjoy the process growing your container vegetables.

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