Growing your own vegetables can be as complicated, or as easy as you want to make it. Sure, you could go the traditional route, and till up half your backyard, truck in a load of steamy black gold, start seeds under grow lights, and transplant them into beautiful raised beds. OR, you can take the super easy route, grab a flower pot, a bag of soil, and a few veggie starts, and plant up your own small-scale veggie garden in about 5 minutes. Hmmm…. what to choose? What. To. Choose. Well, if you chose the second option, this post is for you.
You may be surprised to learn how many vegetables flourish in a container. Many spring crops like lettuce, spinach, chard, and kale will be very happy on a deck or patio where they receive at least 6 hours of sun a day, Peas and beans that are grown up a trellis will thrive, as well as tomatoes and peppers. In fact, I have found my bell peppers are actually bigger and more prolific when I grow then in a hot pot versus the cold ground. I would not recommend root crops, like carrots or radishes, but potatoes are fine. Pumpkins are also a no go, but I have had off and on success with cucumbers and zucchini. As for all those other vegetables, I have no clue, but that’s what Google is for.
For this veggie garden in a pot, I have chosen broccoli, lettuce, Swiss chard, and celery, plus a few nasturtium seeds (the flowers are edible) to pretty up both the veggie pot and the salad bowl. Here are the supplies you will need for veggies in pot:
- Pot at least 10-12″ deep
- Potting soil
- Vegetable starts
Fill the pot with a good quality potting soil, leaving an inch or so between the rim of the container and the soil level. The broccoli will be the tallest plant, so it goes in the middle. This particular broccoli start has lost a few leaves and the stem has begun to harden. Unlike most plants, the stem of a broccoli start will root and can be covered with soil up to its first set of leaves. Like this:
Next, the romaine lettuce is planted in a box shape around the broccoli. The lettuce must be planted at the same depth it was in its original pot, like a normal plant.
A beautiful bright red Swiss chard is tucked into the 4 spots between the romaine. Like the broccoli, the Swiss chard’s stem can be covered with soil up to its first leaves, and the stem will root.
A few tiny celery starts were added around the rim, as well as a handful of nasturtium seeds. They will look gorgeous spilling over the pot’s rim this summer and will add a peppery taste to a fresh garden salad.
Move the mini veggie garden to a sunny location, water it, wait a bit, and soon you will be eating a fresh salad grown all by your little ol’ self. No tractor, no grow lights, no large space to keep up and feel guilty about. Just a wee pot, filled with a tasty punch of delicious greens, vitamins and nutrients for you and yours. Get outside and give it a try. Happy growing!