For those people who wish to grow fresh vegetables but do not have the space to do so can opt for container gardening as it’s an ideal solution in such circumstances. Apartment dwellers have little or no garden space. But they often want to grow fresh produce in whichever container they can find because everyone wants to use fresh vegetables as they give a unique taste to every dish. With container gardening, you save space and get the fresh garden without wasting area.
Even ceramic pots work as a sensible alternative here and they add to the decorative appeal too. In addition, there are some types of vegetables which are more suitable for container gardening as compared to others. Here are some of them, which you can grow with ease and save space too-
These types of vegetables are those which have leaves on their surface but the actual growing of the vegetable takes place under the ground i.e. in the root of the plant. There are a large number of root vegetables which are suitable for container gardening and they include vegetables like beets, carrots, radishes and onions. A small bowl can be used to grow red radishes in which holes are either punched or drilled in the bottom. Large plastic tubs which have drainage holes added to them in the bottom are ideal for growing onions, beets and carrots. Sweet potatoes and potatoes grow exceptionally well in large plastic sacks like the ones used to hold concrete mix because they require ample growing space.
2. Head Plants
These are those vegetables which grow as ‘heads’ and they include broccoli, cabbage, head lettuce, cauliflower and broccoli. Shallow flat containers that have plenty of room are ideal for growing these types of vegetables easily. No matter which container is used for planting these vegetables, one should make sure that there are plenty of holes in the bottom for drainage because good drainage is deemed imperative for the growth of these ‘vegetables.
3. Leafy Greens
These vegetables are useful and nutritious in a variety of dishes varying from pastas, salads to soups. All types of lettuce, chard, kale, spinach, collard greens, arugula and other salad greens are included in these types of vegetables. When choosing containers for these plants, keep in mind that width is more important than depth because these vegetables have shallow roots. Large salad type bowls which have holes punched in them for drainage or window box type planters, kitchen colanders and wire baskets will work for them.
4. Vine Veggies
These vegetables are those which need ample space to spread out and for help in supporting the maturing plant, some of them also require stakes. Eggplant, cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchini and even small pumpkins are included in these vine veggies. Zucchini, pumpkin and cucumbers require plenty of space to grow in traditional as well as container gardens so the containers should be chosen with care and have enough extra space to enable the plants to ‘take over’. Heavy and deep type containers such as ceramic or clay containers are best for these plants because they grow heavier as they mature and lighter containers tend to tip over because of the weight of the plant. Hanging baskets are also useful for growing small varieties of tomatoes that include cherry tomatoes and they look extremely nice.
5. Bush Plants
Container gardening also works well for growing nearly all types of beans and peppers. Deep and heavy containers should be chosen for these plants because they tend to get bushy as they grow and the containers should provide enough support to them. The plants can stay upright and supported as they grow if trellises or stakes are added to the containers. Small tins are ideal for growing small varieties of pepper such as Chile peppers.