How to Grow Vegetables in Containers


Urban gardeners have long known of the benefits of growing vegetables in containers, but the technique can be useful in any environment. If you have poor soil, limited mobility or deer problems, container gardening may offer a simple and effective solution. It's also a good way for beginners to get involved with gardening.

Step 1

Fill your containers with a lightweight, sterile potting mix.

Step 2

Choose your plants. Most vegetables can be grown in containers, but some are easier than others. Look for compact varieties that are suitable for containers---many are bred for smaller gardens and bear names like "Patio Bell," "Spacemiser" and "Short and Sweet."

Step 3

Locate your plants in full sun. If you have limited sun, consider planting lettuce, cabbage, spinach or parsley--plants that can tolerate some shade. Radishes, beets and onions do well in limited light as well.

Step 4

Water frequently. Because of their limited environment, container plants need daily watering. Avoid soaking the foliage of the plants.

Step 5

Fertilize your plants. Mix a complete fertilizer (10-20-10, 12-24-12 or 8-16-8) in 1 gallon of warm tap water and add 2 tbsp. of this mixture to 1 gallon of water for a diluted daily feed.

Things You'll Need

  • Containers
  • Commercial potting mix
  • Fertilizer


  • Texas A&M: Growing Vegetables in Containers
  • N.C. State University: Container Growing
Keywords: growing vegetables in containers, urban gardeners, container gardening

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