Container Gardening: Some Suggested Plants

When you have limited space or find an open spot in your garden you have the option of growing in containers. You will want to make sure that there is adequate light or choose plants whose light requirements fit the spot. I especially like using grow bags to fill in gaps in the garden or to snuggle in in a small area. I often suggest them to people who come to me for garden help who have a small growing area, have only a balcony or otherwise are limited in where they are growing. I have successfully grown in grow bags for years, adding news ones all the time. I have grown salad greens, kale, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, flowers, herbs, etc in grow bags over the years. What I love so much about them is their accessibility, low cost, varying sizes, colors and materials. You can match them to your needs much easier than traditional containers or planters which can often be costly, heavy and require more maintenance that grow bags. You can grow som much in them. Today I want to cover some things that can grow well in containers whether you choose grow bags or another container for small spaces.

  • Arugula
  • Beets
  • Bell Peppers
  • Bush Beans
  • Carrots
  • Chard
  • Cucumbers*
  • Garlic
  • Kale varieties
  • Kohlrabi
  • Lettuces – Loose Leaf and Heading varieties 
  • Onions
  • Pak Choi and Tatsoi
  • Potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Spinach
  • Squashes*
  • Sugar Snap Peas – Bush varieties or grow vertically 
  • Tomatoes* – Generally determinate types do better, but you can grow indeterminate if you grow vertically and prune well.
  • Zucchini*

You can grow berries in containers as well as many, many herbs. (Both culinary and medicinal.) This list does not cover everything, but you can use it as a jumping off point. I always suggest making a list of things you would like to grow and doing a bit of research on each plant and see if you can create proper growing conditions for it in the space, sunlight, time, and growing season you have. 

*Grow vertically using a trellis or some form of support.

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