How to Grow Vegetables in Stacked Pots

Overview

Crunchy carrots, sweet peas, crisp lettuce--you grew them all in your own backyard. Even if space is short in your yard, you can still grow veggies. Take advantage of vertical space as well as horizontal space. Use hanging planters for vegetables that send out vines, like peas and beans. Increase the area for your vegetable garden by stacking the pots. Your vegetable garden will become a focal point of your yard.

Step 1

Place the 24-inch pots on the ground in a circle so each is touching its neighbor, with one pot in the center. The center pot is upside-down. Fill the other pots with potting soil.

Step 2

Place an 18-inch pot in each 24-inch pot resting on the soil. The bottom of the 18-inch pot should be next to the inside rim of 24-inch pot toward the center upside-down pot. Think of it as a smaller circle of pots on top of the larger circle of pots. Fill the 18-inch pots with potting soil.

Step 3

Place the remaining 24-inch pot right-side up on top of the center-upside down pot. Fill with soil. Put the 18-inch pot in the center of the soil of the 24-inch pot.

Step 4

Plant warm-season crops like beans, peppers and marigolds in the 24-inch pots in the circle. Plant tomatoes and bush cucumbers in the 18-inch pots. Plant pole beans in the 18-inch center pot that's sitting on the top of the center 24-inch pot. Push three stakes into the soil of the 24-inch pot below it. Using string, tie the stakes together at the top for the beans to climb.

Step 5

Plant cool-season root crops like carrots, beets, rutabagas, radishes and parsnips in the 24-inch pots in the circle. Plant chard, spinach, kale and lettuces in the 18-inch pots. Plant peas in the 18-inch center pot that's sitting on top of the center 24-inch pot. Push stakes into the soil of that 24-inch pot. Tie the stakes together at the top to form a tepee.

Step 6

Water well after planting until the soil is completely moist. Supplement with water if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week. Fertilize per package directions.

Tips and Warnings

  • Wear gloves when handling fertilizer.

Things You'll Need

  • 8 24-inch pots
  • 7 18-inch pots
  • Potting soil
  • Stakes
  • String
  • Water

References

  • "Grow Vegetables: Gardens, Yards, Balconies, Roof Terraces;" Alan Buckingham and Jo Whittingham; 2008

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