How to Grow Vegetables in Hanging Containers

Overview

Growing vegetables year round is possible with the use of hanging containers in the home. Minigardening is a way for gardeners to utilize a small amount of space to grow vegetables. Hanging baskets are beneficial for those living in apartments who wish to have a small amount of annual vegetables but do not have outside space. Choosing the right vegetable varieties for the light you have in your space will allow for fresh-grown vegetables no matter the area.

Step 1

Choose garden vegetables that take up a small amount of space. Carrots, radishes and leaf lettuce are recommended by Virginia Cooperative Extension for their space requirements.

Step 2

Select a well-draining hanging container. Plastic, wood, and metal containers are available, as well as clay pots.

Step 3

Plant your vegetables in a well-draining soil. Virginia Cooperative Extension recommends filling the container up to a 1/2 inch from the top of the container with a soil containing peat for maximum water absorption.

Step 4

Hang the basket in your window. Clemson Cooperative Extension says a light watering after hanging is necessary. Vegetables require 8 to 10 hours of sunlight a day, so choose a window that has good light coverage, such as a southerly facing window.

Step 5

Water the plants as containers will dry out quickly. Watering once or twice a day may be necessary with some containers. Clay pots absorb water quicker than others, so touch the soil regularly to see if it is dried out and water as necessary.

Step 6

Fertilize using a 20-20-20 water-soluble fertilizer says the Florida University Extension. Use 1 tbsp. of dry fertilizer per 1 foot of space. Frequent plant feedings are necessary, every two to three weeks for best growth.

Things You'll Need

  • Hanging container
  • Potting soil
  • Water-soluble fertilizer
  • Watering can

References

  • University of Florida Extension: Minigardening (Growing Vegetables in Containers
  • Virginia Cooperative Extension: Vegetable Gardening in Containers
  • Clemson Cooperative Extension: Hanging Baskets and Window Boxes
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