Consider growing vegetables in a pot if you have limited garden space. You can grow most vegetables and some fruit in pots or containers that you keep on your porch. The following list gives you some idea of what types of vegetables can grow in containers. If you cannot find the dwarf vegetable varieties listed here, try looking for anything with the following words in their name: baby, midget, teeny, tiny, compact, dwarf or bush

  • Beans: Bush varieties such as "Provider" and "Derby" are great choices; you can grow several plants in a 12-inch pot. You can also grow pole types in a long narrow box and attach a trellis.
  • Beets: Most varieties of beets grow well in containers, and smaller varieties like "Red Ace" grows well in small containers and pots. Make sure your container is big and deep enough (at least 12 inches in depth); beets are not fond of crowded quarters. Do not exceed six plants in a 12-inch pot. You may put a little more if you will pick them when they are still baby beets.
  • Carrots: Carrots are a wonderful vegetable to grow in a pot. Begin with baby varieties like"Little Fingers", or "Thumbelina". If you water the plants regularly, you can get a great harvest in pots as shallow as 6 to 8 inches deep. Longer varieties of carrots require deeper pots. After thinning, you should get about 25 or more carrots per 12-inch pot.
  • Cucumbers: Start with small cucumber types such as "Bush Pickle" and "Salad Bush". Cucumber plants are a remarkable sight; as they grow, the plant dangles over the edge of the pot. Plant large-growing varieties in larger pots and place a strong wire cylinder into the outside edge of the pot so the plants will have a place to climb as they grow.
  • Eggplant: An eggplant's distinctive purple foliage and compact habit are perfect for any container that is at least 5 gallons or more. Plant one eggplant in each 5-gallon pot and push a small stake into the pot to support it as it grows.
  • Onions: Green onions also make a perfect contender for container growth. Just buy a sack of sets, plant them about 3-inches deep, and wait for the magic to happen. Onions will grow to full bulb size if you use a large enough pot. Use at least a 5-gallon container so they will have room to grow.
  • Peas: Choose a dwarf pea varieties like"Green Arrow" and "Maestro", "English peas", or "Dwarf Grey Sugar" snow pea. Larger pea varieties will need a trellis. Be sure to plant only six plants in a 12-inch pot for optimal growth.
  • Tomatoes: Tomato varieties are available in seed form or as young plants from nurseries and some local health food stores. Match the tomato variety to the correct climate. Most varieties need warm night temperatures (55 degrees Fahrenheit or greater) to flower and set fruit. If you dwell in a cooler climate, choose an early or cool-weather variety for your garden such as "Early Girl", "First Early", and "Frisco Fogger."