Small Space Gardening – How to Grow a Garden in Containers

Container Vegetable Gardening
Custom box from LaMarrDesigns

Even if you live in an apartment and have no “ground” to till, you can still grow plenty of vegetables to have fresh food every day for months.  You just need a sunny deck, porch, patio (or similar area) and some containers.

Besides following the basic guidelines for planting a garden, here’s how to  start your very own container garden:

1. Choose your container.

Container Vegetable Gardening
Cedar box from MeckyCo on Etsy

You can choose something as simple as a wooden box, a grow bag from Bootstrap Farmer, or get a custom box from Etsy.

Keep in mind, if you want to grow anything larger than lettuce or herbs, the larger the container, the more room the plant’s root system will have, and the healthier the plant.  Also large containers don’t dry out as fast as small ones.

Be sure the container has drainage holes.

2. Fill with rich soil.

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Since the roots don’t have room to roam, they will need to be able to get all the nutrients they need in the small space they’re in. So a good loamy potting soil is a must. If you can find one formulated for container-grown vegetables, all the better.

3. Choose varieties that don’t take up much room.

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Some crops, like corn, aren’t well-suited for container gardening; but others like beets, lettuce, carrots, and strawberries can grow well in small spaces.

Here are the best vegetables and fruit to grow in containers or pots:


You can also grow tomatoes if you provide a support for them.

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from AaronsHomestead on Etsy

4. Grow up.

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from Roped On Cedar on Etsy

If you have limited space, you may want to grow vertically.

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from Ecofynd on Etsy

5. Water properly.

The time to water is when the soil begins to dry to the touch.  It’s just as important to not give your plants too much water as it is to not let them dry out. Remember, plants in containers tend to dry out faster than those in the ground.

If possible, water from the bottom.

More About Growing a Container Garden

If you’d like to know more about container gardening, McGee and Stucky’s Bountiful Container is a good read.

Grow Your Own Food

Find out how you can grow your own healthy, organic food with my other gardening posts.

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