It’s the perfect solution if you want to grow in a small area or even indoors. But there’s one problem: not all kind of fruits and vegetables can grow in a container. You need to know which one can, and which one can’t.
If you’re limited on space but would still love to grow your own food then give these fruits or vegetables a green thumbs up and don’t be afraid to throw them into a pot!
Stuff You’ll Need:
Planter pots: A 10-inch diameter clay pot costs about $5. Plastic containers cost 50% less.
Soil: Untreated potting soil costs about $2 to $3 per bag, enough for several pots. Or make your own compost for free!
String or Twine: Use to string up beans, tomatoes, or peas.
Watering can: A small bucket works fine but a spouted can costing $5 to $10 makes watering a lot easier.
Seeds or plants: Growing from seeds is less expensive than potting plants but takes a while longer.
This list of fruits, vegetables, and herbs all grow well together, so feel free to plant several herbs together in a single pot to save some cash. The only way to fail with container gardening is to not water!
🙂 So go find some terra cotta or plastic containers, add some soil, plant and few seeds and let’s get growing!
Strawberries are a great container plant. The reason is because they are perennial so you only have to plant them once. Then you can bring them inside during the colder months so the roots will be protected from frost.
Just so you know, the best option of strawberries is the everbearing strawberries because you get two harvests a year. One in June and one in late summer. This is better for container gardeners so you don’t get overrun at once.
But you will need a pot about 18 inches wide to hold around 10 to 12 plants. They also need excellent drainage and about 8 hours of direct sunlight.
Blueberries are a little different to grow in a container. You need at least 2 plants to get a decent harvest. They will produce from June through August.
So in order to grow blueberries in a container you will need a pot that is 22 inches in diameter and 18 inches deep. Plus an acidic soil that is peat-based. With this concoction, you are well on your way to having enough blueberries to make an incredible pie.
Figs might seem like a random thing to grow in containers but really it is a great option. They only require a pot that is about 16 inches across. They are not finicky when it comes to soil either so it only needs to be well-drained.
But as non-finicky and drought tolerant as they are, they do still require full sun. Plus, you’ll need to water them daily during the hottest periods of summer since water evaporates faster with container gardening.
When I came across this option for growing fruit in containers, I’ll admit, I got a little excited. Why? Because I love pineapple. After reviewing this recipe, you’ll understand why.
But I digress, so growing pineapple in a container isn’t difficult. You just cut the crown off of a pineapple. Then soak it in water for a day or two. Then you’ll plant it in a gallon sized container and place in the sun. With a little time and care, you’ll have your own homegrown pineapple.
This is an option for growing fruit in a container that I definitely want to try. We grow cantaloupes every year in our garden and nothing beats the fresh taste.
But you will need a large container to grow cantaloupe. You treat them as if you were growing them in your garden. The only thing is to be sure you provide a trellis or stick to support the fruit and give the vines a place to grow.
You can actually get a dwarf option of a regular banana plant. They are perennials so you only have to plant them once if you prune them back and bring them indoors during the winter to protect the plants from frost.
However, you will need a large container with drain holes so the plant doesn’t drown. Isn’t that just the neatest thing, though? You don’t have to live in the tropics to have your own bananas anymore. And to make it even better, they can grow in a container that you can move anywhere that is convenient for you. This is just one more way to help you give up on the grocery store, too.
This is another plant that I had never considered growing in a container, but now that it has been brought to my attention, I do believe I’ll have to try it. I think I’d like the container options because it keeps the vine neat and not growing all over your garden.
But it is recommended that if you raise watermelon in a container that you use one that is self-watering because watermelons require so much water. They can be grown indoors or outdoors. The only stipulation is that they have to be given sunlight daily. But you can do this by direct sunlight; artificial sunlight; or even through a window.
I am probably going to hear a loud gasp across the homesteading community, but I have never actually eaten a currant. I have an awesome recipe for currant jam though that I’d love to try out when I plant some currants in the near future.
After realizing I can grow them in a container, I’m thinking I just might plant them next year. They don’t require a lot of effort growing them in a container. All you need is a large pot; lots of water; and they need an adequate amount of compost mixed into their dirt. The currants can be grown as bushes or trained to go up a trellis as well. That makes them that much more appealing to me.
This is another plant option I passed up this year and am thinking of reconsidering on next year. Now, that I know that they can be planted in containers I no longer have to miss out on growing opportunities due to worries of running out of space.
So if you are unfamiliar with gooseberries, they basically require the same care as currant do. You will need a large pot to grow them in, but you can give them all of the same soil and fertilizing requirements as you do the currants. But where currants are apparently awesome for homemade jams, gooseberries apparently make amazing pies.
This is another one I’m going to try my best to plant next year. Now that I know it can go in a pot on my back patio, I now have no excuse not to grow them!
So the deal with mulberries is that you usually need to buy the dwarf option of the plant and plant them in a large container. The only downside to mulberries is apparently the ripe fruit will leave hideous stains on your patio or porch. So keep that in mind if growing them in a container.
Fresh herbs bought from the grocery store are expensive. Starting a small herb garden in a pot can provide you with fresh herbs all summer long. Rosemary, basil, thyme and sage can all be planted together in a single container.
Can I grow cherry tomatoes in a container? The answer is YES! I’m currently growing some outstanding cherry and heirloom tomaotes in containers. While many garden varieties of tomatoes require a large area to plant and grow, there are plenty of newer varieties that thrive in a pot. Ask at your garden centre for “patio tomatoes” and consider planting smaller tomato varieties. Growing tomatoes in pots is pretty easy but you’ll probably have to string them up for some support.
String Up Snap Peas, Snow Peas, or Beans in a Pot
Planting snow peas in a container is fun. Over the years I’ve had excellent success with a variety of snap peas, green beans, and yellow beans. Just run some strings up your balcony and get vertical to get some fresh peas and beans growning in a pot and onto your dinner plate.
Radishes are quick and easy to grow in a pot and don’t take much space. Radishes are yummy in salads, are fabulous with hummus dips, and add some bite in the hot summer heat. They’re also a great way to spice up a budget family meal!
Get a head’s-up by passing on traditional lettuce heads and opt for spring mix varieties to gets some green into your fresh summer salads. Spring mix varieties grow in less space and can be harvested frequently while heads of lettuce take up a lot of space.
Beets grow easily in a container and are a part of my container gardening strategy. Just be sure to use a large enough pot to allow for your beeters to root deep and delicious.
Container cabbage takes a little bit of work. When the cabbage head is first forming on your plant, slice the top part of it into quarters (when looking down) to grow four smaller heads instead of one large one.
A smaller rectangular planter can grow enough garlic to last you a long time. It’s easy to grow, and if you dry it after harvesting it could last you well into the winter.
If you live in a warmer climate, hot peppers such as jalapenos are simple to grow in a pot. They can be used as attractive ornamentals while providing some home-grown heat for your sassy salsa or your homemade chili.
Cucumbers are great for cooling sore, puffy eyes and taste great in a summer salad. Just don’t plant the massive field cucumber varieties in your container garden since these require a lot of space. Small pickling varieties grow well in a pot and taste great both fresh and pickled.
Container Gardening Tips
- Just because they grow in a container, doesn’t mean that they don’t need sunlight. They still need it, some of them need it a lot, some of them not so much.
- Drainage is the most important thing to consider. It’s the number one factor why people fail to grow plants in a container.
- Potted plants don’t have access to nutrients, make sure to feed your plants by adding fertilizer every week or two. It’s impossible to grow in a container with it, especially fruits.
- Bigger plants need bigger pots, it’s common sense but some people keep ignoring it.
- One plant in one pot will produce more than four plants in one pot. Do not overcrowd your plants.
- Make sure to use the best potting soil. More potting soil = better, there’s no such thing as “over soiling”.
- Some plants can’t be neighbors, and some are the best neighbors. Make sure to find out what are the best and worst neighbors for the plant that you want to grow.
- Some of them will die, it’s inevitable, your job is to find out why. If one of the pots showing signs of a disease, quarantine it.
- Find out how big should each plant grow up to so you know if it’s lack of nutrition and doesn’t grow normally.
- Different plants need a different amount of water. Don’t over water, and don’t under water.