Five Easy Vegetables to Grow in Containers

By Noelle Johnson, AZ Plant Lady

Growing vegetables is fun and rewarding, and contrary to popular opinion you don't need a large garden space to grow them. Many vegetables grow very well in containers, which is a great option for those who have little to no garden space.

To get started, you'll need a large container at least 18" wide and tall (bigger is even better since vegetables need a lot of room to grow). Select a location that receives at least six to eight hours of sun a day; choose a high-quality planting mix formulated for containers, or make your own by mixing equal parts peat moss, potting soil and vermiculite.

Here are five easy vegetables that you'll enjoy growing in containers:

Beans ' Both bush and pole type beans can be grown in containers and should be spaced 6" apart. Provide stakes or a trellis for pole beans to grow on. Beans are a warm-season vegetable.

Cucumbers ' Cucumbers are another great choice for containers during the warm season. Because they need a trellis to grow up on, select a large pot that can fit a small trellis. Cucumbers will begin growing rapidly once soil temps hit 70 degrees.

Lettuce ' One of the most rewarding cool-season vegetables to grow in pots is lettuce, which is easy to plant from seed or transplants and grows quickly. Mix green and purple types of lettuce for beauty, and you'll enjoy fresh salad greens just steps away from your kitchen.

Peppers ' From sweet to hot, all types of peppers do exceptionally well in pots. This warm-season vegetable loves heat and requires soil temps of at least 60 degrees. In mild winter areas in Zones 9 and above, you can often overwater pepper plants. Because of their larger size, plant only one to two pepper plants per container.

Tomatoes ' While tomatoes are technically a fruit, no list of container vegetables is complete without them. Plant one tomato plant per container and provide a wire tomato cage in order to provide support.

Other vegetables that do well in containers include carrots, eggplant, leafy greens (collards, spinach, Swiss chard) and radishes.