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Top 5 Foods to Grow in Container Gardens

by Ronald Bixby 11/22/2021

Growing your own fruits and vegetables doesn’t require an expansive garden. In fact, there are many edible crops that grow very well in containers. You can even plant some of them together to achieve an eye-catching aesthetic while efficiently cultivating your own produce. Here are the 5 best edible crops for container gardens:

Strawberries

Strawberries are an easy option for container gardening. The strawberry plant is a compact and quick-growing, doing well in hanging baskets, terra-cotta pots or any suitably sized container. Strawberries love the sun and multi-purpose potting soil, but thrive when given rich compost for extra nutrients. For watering, try to water at the roots to prevent fungal diseases from developing on the leaves and give the plants a hefty drink when the soil is dry.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are another excellent edible crop to grow in containers. Conveniently, they share the same light and water preferences as strawberries, making them great container companions. There are a lot of varieties of tomato and some do better in containers than others. Try cherry tomatoes, Sungold or tumbler varieties for the happiest container-grown plants. Tomatoes thrive in potting mix with extra loam, but will do just fine in multi-purpose as long as you keep the soil moist.

Salad Greens

Salad greens are an incredibly useful plant to grow at home and do well in containers for a variety of reasons. Lettuces and similar greens have shallow roots which allow them to grow especially quickly in containers with limited space. Try planting an entire salad by including arugula, mustard greens and rocket. If you harvest carefully, you can encourage the plants to keep growing new leaves thus providing you with an extended yield. To do so, use sharp scissors or pruning shears to cut away the largest of the leaves only. This will signal the plant to grow replacements, often twice as abundant.

Carrots

Carrots are an excellent option for cooler temperatures and seasons compared to the heat-loving plants above. If you plant container carrots in early spring or fall, you’ll have an easy and worthwhile crop yield. The key with carrots is the depth of the container. Because they are root vegetables, carrots need a more significant depth of soil to grow and develop beneath the surface. If your containers are not deep enough for full-sized carrots, opt for miniature carrot varieties that require less space.

Swiss Chard

Swiss chard is one of the most visually stunning container garden vegetables. Depending on the variety, their strong stems can grow in extremely vibrant red, pink, orange or yellow topped with rich green leaves. Swiss chard is an extremely nutritious and easy veggie to grow in containers no matter the color. Similarly to salad greens, chard has a very long harvest period when you regularly pick a few leaves to encourage new growth. Swiss chard is a very productive and hardy plant that will really thrive with regular fertilizing, moist soil and careful harvesting.

Container gardens offer several advantages, the greatest being flexibility. With these above crops you can grow an abundance of healthy fresh produce even with no outdoor planting space.

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Ronald Bixby

Hi, I'm Ronald Bixby and I'd love to assist you. Honor, Respect, and Integrity...These are qualities that were instilled in a small town in upstate NY and reaffirmed in the US Navy. I was raised in a town called Horseheads. After graduating High school, I decided to see the world and I went into the Navy. Although I wanted to see the world, I ended up joining the submarine force and unfortunately, they don't have too many windows on subs! After getting out of the Navy, I found myself with an opportunity to get into the restaurant business and that's where I spent the next 30 years. I am blessed with an amazing wife, who is my rock, 4 beautiful daughters, and a son... Parenthood has a way of keeping you on your toes! However, thinking that I was missing something, I decided to make a change and started exploring the Real Estate business, and the more I looked into it, the more I knew this was the right profession for me. I like to help people and assisting a family buy or sell a home is a fantastic opportunity to do just that. If I can make someone half as happy as I am...it's a great day. Let me help you be happy.