What Should You Plant in a Container Garden?

Written by Naomi Meza


Posted on May 16 2019

You might think that a decent sized yard is the only way to start growing your own food, but you’d be shocked at how little space you actually need.

At the very least, a few coffee cans and a basic understanding of Container Gardening will have you well on your way to delicious homegrown food in no time!

The key is to select plants that thrive in limited space, but which ones are these? And how can you ensure you’re container gardening the right way? Read on to find out.

What is Container Gardening?

Container gardening is just that – growing plants in containers.

To get that true garden feel, you’ll want to use multiple containers, since the more containers you have, the bigger your garden will be.

The type of plants you grow can vary from small flowers to small trees and everything in between.

What Type of Containers Do You Need to Get Started?

Containers for Container Gardening

Container gardening is one of the easiest methods to start growing, but the most significant part is selecting the right kind of container.

One of the wonderful things about container gardening is you can be creative by using any type of container you’d like, but it needs to provide adequate drainage and space for your plant’s roots.

The size of your container ultimately depends on the variety of the plant you choose. Below are a few examples of containers you can use:

  • Coffee cans
  • Tubs/Basins
  • Buckets
  • Grow Bags
  • Clay Pots
  • Repurposed items (e.g. watering cans, rubber boots, storage bins, etc.)


Again, the options are endless! Just be sure to keep your plant’s size in mind.

Where Should You Place Your Container Garden?  

Container Garden

Before filling your containers with soil and planting your flowers or produce, you’ll want to consider the amount of sunlight your plants will need, frequency of watering, plant size when fully matured, etc.

This planning is especially important for those growing trees or produce which require larger pots as they will be harder to move when the plants are full grown.

A sunny area in your yard, right along your balcony or even on the windowsill are all great areas for your garden depending on the container size.

Knowing the required care your plant needs will help you determine the best location for your new container garden.

How Do You Water Your Container Garden?

You’ll know the plants in your container garden need watering when their soil is dry.

A simple way to check for soil moisture is by placing a wooden skewer deep into the soil and leaving it there for 2-3 minutes.

If the skewer is cool to the touch or wet, the soil is moist. Otherwise, if the skewer is dry, then the soil is too.

Generally, all plants do well with deep and slow watering, but ideally, you always want to keep the variety of plant in mind as some require more or less hydration than others.

Food Plants That Thrive in Containers

Growing Tomatoes in Containers

Now for the best part - which edible plants grow well in container gardens? Below are a few that you can try:

  1. Strawberries
  2. Leafy greens
  3. Bush Beans
  4. Tomatoes
  5. Cucumbers
  6. Carrots
  7. Squash

Nourishing Your Container Garden With Fertilizer

Just like any other growing method, plants grown in container gardens need their nutrients otherwise, they will not mature to their full potential.

This is especially critical for food plants since low nutrient uptake means low yields.

If you’re unsure of where to begin, our specialty fertilizers are a great starting point for beginner gardeners and experts, alike. Each one includes essential macronutrients and micronutrients – both of which are important for healthy plant growth.

You can shop our specialty fertilizers below or select “Shop” at the top of this page to browse through the rest of our fertilizer selection.

Thank you for growing with Greenway!


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