Grow Your Own
Vegetables in containers list and corresponding minimum container size:
Amaranth, Edible Red Leaf - 12" diameter, 1 plant per container.
*Tolerates partial shade.

Artichoke - 36" wide x 24" deep, 1 plant per container.
Try using large whiskey barrels. Remember-artichokes do not produce until the 2nd year. If you are in a cold climate, they may not winter over in a container.

Arugula - 1-2 gallon
Thin to 6" apart. *Tolerates partial shade.

Bean, Bush - 2 gallon
Thin to 4"-6" apart. Fun to grow in plastic lined baskets (with drainage).

Bean, Pole - 2 gallon w/support
Thin to 4" to 6" apart. Provide a cage, trellis, or pole for support.

Beet - 2 gallon (minimum 6"-12 deep)
Thin to at least 3" apart. *Tolerates partial shade.

Bitter Melon - 5 gallon
Thin to 6"-8" apart.

Bok Choy - 1-2 gallon
Thin to 6" apart.

Broccoli - 5 gallon
1 plant per container. *Tolerates partial shade.

Broccoli, Raab - 2 gallon
Thin to 4" to 6" apart. Monitor daily. Plants may flower faster in a container. *Tolerates partial shade.

Cabbage, Chinese - 2 gallon
1 plant per container.

Cabbage - 2 gallon
1 plant per container

Carrot - 2 gallon (minimum 6"-12 deep)
Shallow roots work best: Tonda di Parigi, Baby Little Fingers. Thin to 2" apart. If trying longer carrots, choose container that is at least 2 x as long as the roots.

Cauliflower - 5 gallon
1 plant per container. *Tolerates partial shade.

Celery - 5 gallon
Thin to 6" apart.

Collards - 12" deep
*Tolerates partial shade.

Corn – Not recommended for containers. You may get tall plants, but they are such heavy feeders, it is hard to get them to produce.

Cucumber - 5 gallon
1 plant per container. Never let them dry out or fruit may get bitter. Recommended variety - Spacemaster.

Edamame - 2-3 gallon
1 plant per container

Eggplant - 5 gallon
1 plant per container

Endive - 8" wide x 6-10" deep (1 gallon minimum)
1 plant per container (crowded plants will bolt) *Tolerates partial shade.

Escarole - 8" wide x 6-10" deep (1 gallon minimum)
1 plant per container (crowded plants will bolt) *Tolerates partial shade.

Gourd - 5 gallon
1 plant per container

Kale - 8" wide x 8" deep
Easy in containers. *Tolerates partial shade.

Kohlrabi - 5 gallon
1-3 plants per container

Leek - 10"-12" deep
Thin to a minimum of 4" apart. Crowded leeks stay small.

Lettuce - 8" wide x 6-10" deep (1 gallon minimum)
Easy! Leaf types are especially suited to containers. Direct seed or transplant. *Tolerates partial shade.

Mache - Any size
*Tolerates partial shade.

Mesclun - 1-2 gallon
Very pretty in containers! *Tolerates partial shade.

Micro Greens - Any size
*Tolerates partial shade.

Melon - 5-10 gallon
1 plant per container

Muskmelon - 5-10 gallon
1 plant per container

Mustard - 8"-12" deep
Thin to 6" apart. *Tolerates partial shade.

Okra - 5 gallon
1 plant per container

Onion Bunching - 10"-12" deep
Thin to 2" apart *Tolerates partial shade.

Onion Bulbing – Not recommended.

Parsnip – Not recommended.

Peas - 12" wide x 12" deep
Use inoculant. Harvest may be up to 2 weeks earlier than in the ground.

Peppers - 2-5 gallon
1 plant per container

Pumpkins - 5 gallons / 2-3' deep
Miniature varieties do best: Jack Be Little, Little October. May use trellis and grow vertically. Whiskey barrel size for a larger pumpkin plant.

Radicchio - 8" wide x 6-8" deep
1 plant per container

Radishes - 2 gallon
Thin to at least 1" apart. (Crowded or heat-stressed radishes will bolt.) *Tolerates partial shade.

Spinach - 1 gallon
1-3 plants per container. *Tolerates partial shade.

Squash, Summer - 5 gallon / 2' deep
1-2 plants per container

Squash, Winter - 5 gallon (or larger) whiskey barrel size.
1 plant per container

Swiss Chard - 5 gallon
Pretty ornamental edible! 3-5 plants per container. *Tolerates partial shade.

Tomatillo - 5 gallon
1 plant per container

Tomato, Bush (Determinate) -5 gallon
1 plant per container

Tomato, Pole (Indeterminate)
5 gallon 1 plant per container, use cage or stakes for support

Tomato, Dwarf (Cherry) - 2-3 gallon
1 plant per container. Support may be required or try growing in a hanging basket, letting vines dangle

Turnip - 5 gallon
3-4 plants per container

Watermelon – Not recommended

Wheatgrass - Any size
*Tolerates partial shade (or grow indoors).

 

Grow Your Own Food
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