growing vegetables in containers

Container Gardening-15 best vegetables that grow well in a container or pot

If you adore vegetables and want to have some in your own garden, then go ahead and enjoy planting the wonderful vegetables. However, if you lack limited space than even you are not supposed to worry about it. You can definitely fulfill your wish by growing the desired vegetables in pots or containers. However, there is a limitation to kind of vegetables that can be grown within pots and containers. You must be thinking how to grow vegetables in containers?

Hybridizer breeds in vegetables are the best vegetables to grow in pots, as they need lesser space. Here is the list of ideal 15 vegetables that you can easily grow as a container garden. There is a great possibility that you cannot find all these varieties so you can even switch the varieties like midget, tiny, baby and dwarf.

1: Beets –

This kind of variety grows well in small spaces – however, if you want best results try to grow “Red Ace” type. You need to have a pot, which has at least 12 inches depth so that beets can grow freely. Within such a space, you can grow up to six different plants. If you want to have more, opt the baby beets.

Container Grown Beets

2: Beans -

There are two best types of bush varieties including “derby” and “provider” – for growing these you need a pot which has about 12 inches depth. It is important to check root depth of vegetables for better growth. If you want to grow long poles within a box, you would have to attach trellis along with the pot.


3: Carrots:

Are you interested in growing carrots in containers? If yes, then you must start growing the varieties like:

  • Thumbelina
  • Short n Sweet
  • Little Fingers

If you actively water the pot, you are more likely to get a healthier plant. In case you wish to have longer plants, make sure you choose deeper pots.


4: Cole Crops:

Cole crops include cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage; these are the easiest vegetables to grow in containers. However, you should not plant lot of types in a single pot otherwise, they will not be able to grow.

Cole Crops

5: Cucumber:

If you are interested in growing cucumber in containers, then always go for “Salad Bush” or “Bush Pickle” varieties. You must consider the plants coming out of the edges of the pot.


6: Eggplant: 

Any pot which has the capacity to hold up to 5 inches depth can be used for growing eggplant. However, without stake you would not be able to hold the plant in the pot, so be careful.


7: Lettuce and other greens:

If you are looking for best container vegetables, then your choice would be lush greens and lettuce. In this case, the size of the pot does not come into a count. Take some fertile soil, add the required seeds and keep the soil moist so that you can get lovely salads from the home garden.

Lettuce and other greens
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8: Melons:

Have you heard about dwarf melon “Bush Sugar Baby” melons? These are tiny watermelon types, which are perfect to grow in small pots. In a deep pot, it would continue to grow and leave the edges with spirals. These would provide the fruit with necessary support, so pay special attention to it.


9: Onions:

Particularly green onions are known to grow well in containers. You require a bag of set and a pot, which is about 4 to 5 inches deep. Within this size, you can freely grow an onion until it is a bulb size.

onions in a pot1

10: Peas:

You can plant up to six plants within a 12-inch deep pot of the following baby pea variety:

  • Green Arrow
  • Maestro
  • English peas
  • Sugar Bon’ snap pea

peas in a pot

11: Peppers:

It is an ideal rule to have a big pot so that peppers grow better. You have the liberty to grow any kind of pepper within the container.


12: Potatoes: 

It is always fun to grow potatoes, and specially fun growing potatoes in a container.  You need a pot, which has up to 12 inches, and plant 3 to 4 potato es in the pot. Keep on giving it enough water so that plant starts to produce; make sure all the stems are fully covered with soil. Within a few months, you can get early potatoes and later you can take out the larger ones.


13: Radishes: 

Radishes can be grown quickly and easily even if you have the smallest container. All you have to scatter are some seeds in the pot (top level) and keep the soil moist diligently.


14: Squash: 

Use a 5 to 7 inch deep pot so that you can grow lovely winter squash varieties – these may include:

  • Cornell Bush Delicata
  • Papaya Pear
  • Table King’


15: Tomatoes: 

It is your right to have juicy and fresh tomatoes; you can certainly grow them in pots. However, you must try first a dwarf variety like ‘Bush Big Boy’ in a 5-inch deep container. The popular dwarf varieties are;

  • Patio
  • Tiny Tim
  • Window Box Roma

All these varieties fit perfectly in smaller size containers and pots.


Therefore, by now you must be intrigued enough to start planting vegetables in the containers. Growing blueberries in pots is also a fun activity. Once done with veggies you can start your own fruit garden as well.


13 Responses

  1. Jill
    Jill at |

    I love that you have pictures with your growing recommendations. I’m looking forward to growing many if not all of these in pots this next year. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Ive Anderson
    Ive Anderson at |

    Love the article. Most of my seeds are in pots!!!

  3. Letica
    Letica at |

    Excellent information……………………Now I can grow them easily

  4. rajalakshmi
    rajalakshmi at |

    it is nice to see but How to start

  5. john weir
    john weir at |

    We have a terrible time in Brisbane growing tomatoes –how do we beat the fruit flies?

    1. Nancy Moonen
      Nancy Moonen at |

      I do this when I have fruit flies in my house and it works! Take a small glass glass, fill it about half full with apple cider vinegar and add 2 – 3 drops of liquid dish washing detergent. Then just leave on the counter around the area where the fruit flies are. You will be surprised at how many will be dead in the bottom of that glass when you check it later on! Change the vinegar every couple of weeks until there is no more activity. Good luck!

  6. mano
    mano at |

    Nice.. Easy to implement it.

  7. lisa Chadwick-Firman
    lisa Chadwick-Firman at |

    fantastic Farhan, thank you! :)

  8. Amanda Lynn
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  9. Kathy
    Kathy at |

    Hi there, fantastic list, really comprehensive! I’ve got my own infographic done up on this, specifically for the Australian climate. Ive included a few here you might not have thought of! Check it out:

  10. kimberly
    kimberly at |

    What is the approximate diameter of the pots you use?

  11. Kathy
    Kathy at |

    I would probably agree with most of these for my climate (Australia) – but not all of them! I haven’t had any success with either eggplants or cucumbers in pots, but have had great success with things like Leeks, Capsicum and Chillies! Ive got a great info graphic of my top 10 veggies to grow in pots on my blog if you’re interested!


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