What Can I Grow in a Pot?

When you need a tomato or a pinch of fresh basil, nothing is more convenient than stepping out the kitchen door to your container garden of vegetables and herbs. Containers will go anywhere as long as there is a source of water and plenty of sunshine. You can grow almost all vegetables in containers—just remember that big veggies need big pots.

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  • All herbs. Any herb does well in a pot.
  • All greens. Collards, lettuce, mustard, Swiss chard and others are perfect for pots. You can mix them with flowers for an ornamental touch. Lettuces yield a surprising amount. Pick only the outer leaves to keep the harvest going.
  • Eggplant and peppers of all types make pretty summer pots.
  • All tomatoes work in pots if the pot is large enough, and if you have a good, tall cage or other support, but Husky Cherry Red, Patio, Bush Early Girl, Bush Goliath, and Better Bush are especially easy to manage in containers.
  • Cucumbers in a big pot can climb a trellis to save space. Even "bush" cucumbers climb.
  • Squash and zucchini work in large pots such as half barrels.

Pros and Cons »

The Pros of Containers

  • Easy to put anywhere
  • Save space
  • Neat and decorative
  • Can be convenient to the kitchen
  • Provide perfect soil
  • Use less water overall
  • Avoid soil-borne problems such as nematodes
  • Can move some herbs indoors for winter
  • Easy to replant
  • Great for anyone who has limited reach

The Cons of Containers

  • Need water more often than in-ground or raised beds
  • Small pots limit plant growth and size

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