How to Grow Vegetables in Planters


Not everyone has enough space or time to grow a full-size vegetable garden. You may live in an apartment, condo or just have a busy lifestyle. Choose the vegetables you love the most to grow in containers. It takes a minimal amount of space and time to care for the plants, but you still have fresh vegetables to harvest right outside your back door.

Step 1

Fill each planter with potting soil to within 1 inch of the top. Mix in an organic, slow-release fertilizer as recommended by the manufacturer.

Step 2

Start the seeds indoors in small containers, in late winter. Plant the indoor seedlings or nursery vegetable plants in the spring, after the last frost. Dig a hole in the planter soil the same depth and a bit larger around than the plant's rootball.

Step 3

Remove the plant from the original container. Place it in the container hole and push soil to fill up the space around it. Press, lightly, on the top of the soil to remove air pockets. Repeat this process for all of the vegetable plants.

Step 4

Place all the planters in a location that will receive full-sun for most of the day. Water all of them, until excess water drips out of the bottom drainage holes.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden containers
  • Potting soil
  • Slow-release fertilizer
  • Vegetable plants or seeds


  • Texas A&M: Vegetable Gardening in Containers
  • Ohio State University: Container Vegetable Gardening
  • Arizona Cooperative Extension: Vegetable Garden
Keywords: vegetable container garden, grow potted vegetables, grow planter vegetables

About this Author

Karen Ellis has been a full-time writer since 2006. She is an expert crafter, with more than 30 years of experience in knitting, chrocheting, quilting, sewing, scrapbooking and other arts. She is an expert gardener, with lifelong experience. Ellis has taken many classes in these subjects and taught classes, as well.