How to Grow Vegetables in Hanging Planters

Overview

Many vegetables can easily be grown in hanging baskets. Known as "mini-gardening," container gardening makes growing your own veggies economical and compact enough for even the smallest amount of space. An apartment dweller with only a hook outside the front door can grow tomatoes.

Growing Vegetables in Hanging Planters

Step 1

Choose a sunny spot to hang your planter. Vegetable plants need to get sun nearly all day for the best growing results, but a little shade won't hurt. Hang a planter hook at a level comfortable enough to reach. Planters can be hung from balconies, decks, just about anywhere within reach of sunlight.

Step 2

Fill the basket or bucket with a premium potting soil. Never re-use dirt from other pots or garden dirt because of the chance of transferring fungus or insects to a new growing environment. Potting soil should consist of a mixture of peat moss, humus, bark and perlite, the tiny white granules that keep the soil loose.

Step 3

Chose the vegetables to be planted. Plants with sprawling growth habits, such as tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, peas, pole beans and eggplants, work best in containers. Choose varieties that are "mini," "compact," or "dwarf" for best container-growing results; these tend to have smaller root systems but also tend to produce smaller-size fruits.

Step 4

Plant one plant in small-to-medium-size planters. You may get two in a large container. Sow the seeds an inch deep and thin them to one or two plants when the seedlings start to grow.

Step 5

Water regularly. Containers dry quickly. On hot days, you may have to water twice a day.

Tips and Warnings

  • Root plants such as carrots, parsnips and potatoes are not recommended for container gardening. Reduce fertilizing once the flowers begin to fruit. Fertilizing at this point only adds to the foliage growth and not the vegetable production.

Things You'll Need

  • Hanging basket hook
  • Deep hanging basket or 5-gallon bucket
  • Premium potting soil
  • Vegetable seeds or seedling plants
  • Fertilizer
  • Sunny location

References

  • Growing Vegetables in Containers
  • Fruits and Vegetables in Hanging Baskets

Who Can Help

  • The Dirt on Dirt
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About this Author

Bobbi Keffer attended Kent State University to study education but soon found her true love to be in the garden. She prides herself on her frugal skills reusing, recycling and reinventing her whimsical style in her home and garden.