Are you a beginning gardener? New to ideas like crop rotation and plant thinning? Don’t worry–vegetable gardening doesn’t have to be a chore.
Even if you only have an apartment patio, you can grow your own vegetables in pots or containers. There’s no comparison in flavor, and a $3 packet of seeds will give you plants for several years.
Growing veggies in containers is an easy way to enjoy fresh food without the hassles of pulling weeds or tilling the soil. All you need is a pot, good soil, and sun!
Here are my 5 favorite container vegetables for beginning gardeners. They’re all easy to start from seed and will grow happily in containers on your patio, driveway, next to your pool…wherever they fit.
5 Best Container Vegetables
“Bush Slicer” Cucumber
These juicy slicing cucumbers grow quickly on disease resistant, dwarf bushes–perfect for a small space or container. The 6 to 8 inch long fruits have smooth, tender skin and sweet, crisp flesh.
“Astia” Zucchini Squash
Astia is a French bush variety, developed especially for containers and small space gardens. Its compact vines are ornamental, early bearing and productive, with easy to harvest, glossy green fruits. They’re delicious in Zucchini Fritters or added to fried rice.
“Pot of Gold” Chard
Delicious, reliable and highly ornamental, these vigorous plants have crunchy golden stems contrasting with deep green leaves. They’re perfect for containers or striking mixed borders. Don’t think your kids will eat chard?
“Jade Gem” Lettuce
An heirloom gardener’s favorite, Jade Gem has fat little rosettes of juicy-sweet, wavy leaves that look like a plump mini romaine. Grows quickly for long harvests of ready-to-eat salads with homemade croutons and Orange-Balsamic Vinaigrette.
“Rolande” Bush Bean
Rolande are extra-slim, long deep green filet or “haricot vert” snap beans. These delicate beans have superb taste and an extra-crispy texture. They’re delicious when added to a stir-fry or Honey-Garlic Chicken.