Vegetables Perfect for Container Gardening.
Become more self-sufficient by growing some of your own food. Even if you don’t have a lot of space for a garden plot you can grow some sustenance in containers.
First things first, if your potting mix is rich with organic matter, you’re going to have an easier time.
Plenty of organic matter will allow the soil to hold moisture naturally for longer, thus reducing your need to water as frequently. Moreover, it adds slow-release nutrients to your growing medium which will reduce the amount of fertiliser needed.
Compost and vermiculture are great ways to add organic matter to your mix.
Vegetables that grow well in containers:
TomatoesMake sure tomatoes are given plenty of calcium and a proper trellis to support their floppy growth.
BeansPole beans are climbing plants and unless you plan to use a trellis for this purpose, you’re probably better off picking a bush variety of beans. This means that they will not need a trellis and will form a bush shape above your container. A little Epsom salt (magnesium sulphate) works wonders for beans.
LettuceThe trick to growing good lettuce is cool (not cold) weather, plenty of nitrogen (remember that organic matter mentioned earlier- yes, lots of that), and plenty of light. A lot of indoor gardeners go wrong with lettuce because they don’t provide enough light and the leaves become leggy.
Greens are generally very good picks for container gardens due to their shallow root systems. Just make sure that the soil is rich.
Note: when adding “hot” amendments such as manures and guanos to soil mixes, the mix must be left to “cook” for at least two weeks or it will burn the leaves. “Cooking” the soil simply means to mix and leave to rest, turning occasionally.