Want to grow your own fresh edibles but you don’t have a vegetable patch at home? No problem even if you don’t have much space in your apartment! Yes, some vegetables grow easily in pots on the balcony or patio; you just need to find a suitable container for them and above all a sunny place or in the shade depending on the plant. You have also to know which vegetables to grow in pots easily.
Here are the 13 easiest vegetables to grow in pots or planters:
Without a doubt, it is the tomatoes that have the best yield: they grow very well in pots. It is enough that they have at least 5 hours of direct sun per day and a pot adapted to the cultivated variety. For the first time, choose a dwarf variety or cherry tomatoes. The “Red pear tomato” or “Yellow pear tomato” are particularly impressive in terms of yield.
2. Green beans
Beans grow perfectly well in pots and are easy to care for. They like the sun and require a pot at least 30 cm deep (more if you can) with a trellis to climb. They love Nitrogen-rich soils so don’t hesitate to cultivate it with cabbage, kale or celery which produce Nitrogen especially if you have a large pot.
Lettuce grows really very quickly, which allows you to harvest it often throughout the season. In general, it is sown in the spring, but beware, it fears frost. So, depending on your region, wait for the right time to sow it. To grow it, you need a large but shallow pot. Leave a space of about 10 cm between each future salad; depending on the lettuce varieties, they take up more or less space. For example, the Butterhead lettuce produces a large head while the Crisphead spreads with large green leaves.
Always keep the soil moist and well-drained.
4. Peppers and Chillies
Peppers and Chillies have a great yield in pots and have no problem growing in a small space. They just need sun and warmth. A pot at least 30 cm deep, a well-drained soil with a little fertilizer at the time of planting are enough to ensure a good harvest from July.
Radishes are really suitable to grow in pots; you can grow them in pots of any size. In addition, in 3 weeks, the harvest is already there. Plant radish seeds 2 cm deep and remember to leave them a little space between them. Keep the seeds moist and they should germinate within 5-10 days.
Do you like spinach? So do not hesitate to grow it in pots, you’ll not regret it. Spinach can grow in any type of pot, as long as it is shaded. Prefer a wide pot rather than a deep one.
Peas don’t need a big pot or a lot of care: they are really easy to grow. Choose a dwarf or shrub variety that will not climb too much. Leave them in the sun and water them regularly to keep the soil moist.
Carrots prefer moderate temperatures and regular watering so that the roots do not dry out. Grow them in pots without problems, but in a soft and sandy soil.
Cucumbers consume lots of water and require regular watering. They need a fairly large pot and above all a lot of sun. Two months after sowing them, you will harvest your first fruits, about six per plant.
Growing eggplant in containers is pretty easy. They love the heat and high temperatures day and night; if you live in temperate climates, you can even grow them all year round! Sow the eggplants in large pots in full sun, water them regularly and use natural fertilizers.
Zucchini plants like growing and they are easier to care for than squash. It is one of the easiest vegetables to grow in pots on a balcony or patio. They will give you generous and abundant fruit if they are in full sun.
Garlic bulbs are quite expensive, but they have so many health benefits that you should not miss them; growing garlic in pots is very economical. You can cook the bulbs, but also the leaves in salads. Choose a pot at least 20 cm deep and wide enough to leave 15 cm between each bulb.
Growing strawberries in pots is easy because of their small root balls; they can be planted in 15 cm deep containers. Remember to place the pots of strawberries in a sunny location. The advantage is that once planted, they give beautiful fruits every year without taking care of them. You can vary the early and late varieties of strawberries to have them throughout the summer.