Just getting started with growing your own vegetables? Starting off with a container or two is a good way to get your feet wet! Here are 5 super easy veggies that grow great in containers…
Deciding to grow your own vegetables can be an exciting and rewarding experience. However, if you’re just starting out there are some veggies that are much easier to grow than others. This is especially true if you’re growing them in containers.
To make things a little easier for you, below are 5 super fast and easy veggies to grow in containers:
Let’s be honest, radishes were probably one of the last vegetables you were thinking of growing in a container. However, they can be an excellent vegetable to start with due to how simple they are to grow. And another great thing about them is the fact they’ll potentially be ready to eat in just one month! You’ll just need to ensure they have plenty of water and sow them in small batches regularly for a continuous harvest.
Another great vegetable for beginners is chili peppers. Chilies are perfect for a huge range of dishes and you’ll be surprised just how delicious homegrown chiles can be.
If you live in a cooler climate, you may want to start them in a greenhouse or under glass to give them a head start. They thrive in hot weather, though you’ll find that the warmer the weather, the spicier they will be.
You may be surprised to find potatoes on the list, but they can grow surprisingly well in containers as long as they are a suitable size. Ideally, you’ll need a plastic dustbin or a similar size container for best results. You can also grow them in grow bags.
Soil depth is by far one of the most important considerations for growing potatoes – and you will also want to make sure they have plenty of water early in the growing season to ensure a good crop. Other than that, they’re pretty easy to look after.
Spinach is considered a super food and it’s super easy to grow in containers. The key thing to remember is to ensure you’re using a very rich soil.
Spinach also prefers to be grown in an area with light shade, rather than direct sunlight. In drier weather, you’ll also need to water it frequently as otherwise, you could find it ends up tasting really bitter. Spinach doesn’t care much for very hot weather, so it’s best grown in spring and fall if you have hot summers.
Enjoy super-fresh salads and grow your own lettuce plants – they are easy and beautiful! A good tip is to sow them in intervals so they mature in succession and you have a constant source of salad greens. Again, as with spinach, the soil used will need to be rich and also kept continuously moist. You can harvest leaf lettuce on an ongoing basis, or wait for heads to form to harvest a whole head at once.
There are loads of types of vegetables that you can grow in a container. However, some require a lot more maintenance than others. The 5 above are especially well-suited for beginners, or those looking for a few super easy veggies to add to their container garden. (Be sure to check out this article for some helpful container veggie growing tips to get you started.)
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