Small Container Vegetable Gardening Ideas

container vegetable gardening ideas

You might be thinking that container vegetable gardening is very new and not many people have tried it yet, but I can assure you that it is not. There are a lot of gardeners who have experimented with containers and have found that it can be as successful and satisfying as any other kind of gardening. In this article, I’ll share with you some of the most effective tips to improve your container vegetable gardening ideas.

An Overview

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First of all, let me share with you that there are several container vegetable gardening ideas that you can use to make your container garden more productive. For example, most people who have tried garden pots know that it is very difficult to fertilize them because of their small sizes. But there are some very simple tricks that you can use to increase the productivity of your container garden. If you will take time to implement them, you will notice a big difference in your yields.

The first of the container vegetable gardening ideas is to grow vegetables in baskets. Some people prefer to have cucumbers and onions in one basket, while others prefer to grow lettuce and herbs in another basket. Aside from making the plants healthier, having them planted together in a group makes it easier for you to clean the soil at least once each week. This is especially useful if you live in a house with small children, and you don’t want to spend so much time on this task.

Grow In Small Containers

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Another of the great container vegetable gardening ideas is to grow vegetables in small containers. You may have seen some people in your neighborhood who grow all of their food in tiny containers. These are probably the homeowners who made the mistake of thinking that bigger is always better. Unfortunately, your plants won’t grow as large as they would if you get started right away.

Small plants require more frequent watering, because their roots don’t reach the top layer of the soil. The trick is to use a mix of topsoil and potting soil, so that the roots can easily get to the top. Make sure to add water thoroughly as soon as you plant your chosen vegetable. Fertilizer will also be necessary, but make sure that you don’t use any that will wash away into your pond or drainage area.

Tips To Know

If you are planting more than one crop in a container, you will need to know what plants can survive partial shade. For example, lettuce can survive being planted in a container of only six gallons, but it is best to avoid such situations if at all possible. Lettuce needs three times the water of a similar sized rose plant to survive. On the flip side, peppers can tolerate shaded areas, but they grow much faster than lettuce and need more water. If you have a nice area where you can sit out during the day, and plant tomatoes, you’ll need more water; however, an area planted with a mixture of vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, and carrots will not need as much. Be sure to only plant what you can survive otherwise your vegetable garden will soon look like a garden in a bag.

The final type of container vegetable garden idea is to plant vegetables that can handle being planted in small containers. For example, cucumbers that are grown in pots can handle being planted in five gallons or less, while green beans should only be planted in two gallons. Tomatoes can grow just fine in five gallons, while carrots, spinach, and beets should only be planted in two gallons. Also keep in mind that some vegetables don’t do well in low-light environments; for example, onions and garlic don’t like the sun and should be planted in the shade.


A great way to start your gardening adventure in a container garden is by planting a variety of familiar flowers that you can transplant from your garden every year to plant in the ground when it’s time for a new flower. This way, you get to introduce your favorite flowers to your garden without having to replant them every year. Also, by planting your favorite flower family members, such as lilies, daffodils, and tulips, you can easily grow them indoors, and then transplant them outdoors when the weather is warm enough to support them.

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