Follow these Container Vegetable Garden Design Ideas to maximize harvest and make your edible garden less boring.
Here are the best vegetables for containers
1. Grow Climbers and Vines
Support climbing vegetables and vines and direct them upward with the help of a trellis or a cage or by any other way.
Such plants use vertical space and are abundant in production. Bitter melon (a unique tropical gourd known for its health benefits), gourds, cucumber, pole beans and other beans, Malabar spinach, vine tomatoes, squashes, peas, if you want to try– pumpkin and melons.
2. Choose Colorful Containers
You can brighten up your container vegetable garden by choosing colorful containers to grow your favorite vegetable and herbs.
3. Use Hanging Baskets
Don’t cast out the idea of growing herbs and vegetables in hanging baskets. Tomatoes, strawberries, many other vegetables, and herbs can be grown in hanging baskets successfully. It also creates space!
4. Start One Pot Vegetable Garden
This one-pot vegetable garden idea is perfect if you don’t have space to set up a container garden. It is also useful for those who have a small balcony or open window that receives full sun. We picked up this idea from Sunset, read more there!
5. Try this Vertical Lettuce Planter Idea
We love this project done by Bonnie Plants, and why not? You can grow fresh herbs and greens easily in a limited space by following this idea. They have a step-by-step DIY article on this for you to look at, check out!
6. Grow Edible Flowers
To add some interest, color, and beauty, it’s a good idea to grow some edible flowers. You can use them in salads to garnish your meal or make sharbat.
Flowers like marigold, calendula, viola, nasturtiums can be tried. The list is long, you can discover more names here.
7. Give Space to Herbs
Your container vegetable garden may look incomplete if you don’t grow some herbs. Fresh herbs can enhance the taste of your meal always, so it’s a great idea.
You don’t need to grow all the herbs, consider adding 2-3 plants that you like most and suit your location: Parsley, thyme, mint, sage, oregano, cilantro, and much more to choose from. A window box, a few small containers, hanging baskets can also be used.
8. Tomatoes are Must!
Tomatoes are a wonderful and the most important addition to a container vegetable garden. They look beautiful too. Choose 2-3 varieties and grow a few plants to get a bountiful harvest of homegrown tomatoes. Learn about the best tomato varieties for the container in this post.
9. Add Colorful Varieties
Vegetables and herbs with different textures, attractive foliage, and colors can be an excellent addition to your container vegetable garden; they can add visual interest to it.
Red hot pepper, red-stemmed swiss chard, round midnight basil, fine leaf rosemary with other herbs like lemongrass or thyme can make it look appealing. Here’s an interesting post on colorful vegetables for you to see!
10. Use Unique Planters
Use unique planters to provide virtual interest to your container vegetable garden. You can recycle and DIY your own planters or buy a few in unusual shape and size. There are a lot of DIY ideas available on our website for help.
11. Play with the Height
If you don’t want your vegetable garden to look boring, play with the height. Don’t use planters of similar size and height. Instead, group large and small containers together, this will create a visual appeal.
Tip: Group plants according to their height to create a garden-like surrounding effect. To do this, place tall plants in the back and short and low growing plants like herbs and greens in front.
12. Grow a Lemon Tree
Growing a lemon tree in a pot is not difficult and probably an intelligent addition to your container vegetable garden. Here’s our step-by-step post on it!
13. Take Help of Vertical Gardening
The biggest challenge of limited space gardening is limited space itself. To beat this, take the help of Vertical Gardening. Use shoe racks, bookshelves, and plant holders to keep more pots.
14. Start with the Productive and Easiest Container Vegetables
15. Try this One Pot Herb Garden Idea
Growing herbs is easy to grow along with other vegetables you’re growing. We found this One-pot herb garden idea on Southern Living fascinating for urban gardeners. See the full post here!
16. Stake ’em Up!
Staking is also a good way to grow vegetables like tomatoes easily in containers in a tight spot. You can train the plant to grow vertically, saving a lot of space. If you have a sunny balcony, patio, or rooftop, all you need is a large container to grow multiple plants together and enjoy a fresh, homegrown harvest.
17. Make a Salad Table Garden
A Salad Table is an ingenious way to grow plants like spinach and lettuce. Just find a sunny spot and keep the table there, simple! You can easily get them ready-made from the market or make one for yourself at home.
Check out some impressive Salad Table ideas here
18. Try Raised Beds
Instead of growing veggies on the ground, you can grow them in raised beds instead. They are easy to maintain this way, compared to a traditional garden–If you have a back problem, want to control the quality of the soil, or looking to improve the drainage.
Here’s everything you need to know about making Raised Beds
19. Go the Hydroponic Way
View these hydroponic vertical garden ideas here
20. Grow Exotic Vegetables
Finding fresh exotic veggies like Black tomatoes, Romanesco Broccoli, Mexican Sour Gherkin, Dragon Carrot, Red Perilla, and Thai Basil can be a tough job at the supermarket–so why not grow them at your home?
Here are the most exotic vegetables and herbs you can grow in containers
21. Make a Movable Garden
If your garden doesn’t get all the sunlight it needs, do not let that stop you from growing veggies. DIY a movable garden, which is basically a raised bed on wheels. This way, you can grow vegetables and move them around accordingly, where they get the right sun exposure to thrive well.
Check out some amazing movable garden ideas here
22. Save Space by Making a Herb Tower
Yes! You read that right! You can grow herbs in a tower form to save space and plant multiple of them together.