Is it possible to grow vegetables in pots?

My great granddaughter wants to grow vegetables in pots. Is that possible? What size pots does she need? What kind of soil does she need?
q is it possible to grow vegetables in pots
This is my great granddaughter, Scarlet.
  8 answers
  • Linda Linda on Feb 01, 2018
    Yes I grew Roma tomatoes and carrots lettuce in pots this past year just more water and care

  • Ken Ken on Feb 01, 2018
    Depends on what vegetables she wants to plant. I'd try a bean in a 1 or 2 gallon pot. May not be big enough but I'd try. Tomatoes and peppers need a lot of room and nothing less than 10 gallons is even worth trying.

  • Absolutely possible! Here are a few really helpful links for you. Your granddaughter will be thrilled. I would start her out with a few purchased plants and the move on to seeds. Radishes germinate and grow quickly so try some of those too, I have picked up 25 cent packages from Dollar Tree and they grew just as well as more expensive brands.

    Enjoy this project with your granddaughter, time spent together is precious. 🌱

  • Jlnatty Jlnatty on Feb 01, 2018
    I grew a medium-sized heirloom tomato plant this past summer in a large pot - about 15 inches tall and 12 inches wide at the top. When filled with regular potting soil it was heavy, so I recommend having it rest on a base on wheels so you can move it around. My pot was located on a patio that gets many hours of full sun during the summer, and I checked to water it every day. Make sure the pot has good drainage so that if you over-water or you get a downpour outside and can't get the planter under cover, excess water will drain out. You don't want your plant to get root rot! I got a large crop of delicious tomatoes through mid-November! I used medium-size so it wouldn't get too tall and after I judged it was tall enough (filled a regular size tomato cage that I placed in the pot after I planted the tomato plant), I kept it trimmed so it would not grow any taller and outgrow the tomato cage. The rest, Mother Nature did.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Feb 01, 2018
    I use mostly huge pots, especially for tomatoes. You will need to put them on castors to be able to move them at all, but don't get the ones that are all plastic, they last moving it about once. We made some out of thick marine plywood we had left over from replacing the flooring in our fishing boat, and purchased the good metal and rubber castors and they last. I put a tall tomato cage on my early girl tomato plant and it still grew to five feet high not including the pot. I got dozens of tomatoes, though. Tomatoes in pots need extra calcium to prevent blossom end rot, I use a foliar calcium supplement spray I purchased from a local greenhouse when I noticed it starting. It is common in potted tomatoes. I used a pot the same size and planted six butter leaf lettuce plants and they got five feet tall by the time they bolted in late September. I kept it out of strong afternoon sun for the most part and it allowed it to grow longer without bolting. We ate lettuce for months from these plants. Herbs are great for kids to grow in pots, they really need no care other than watering. I use ten to twelve inch pots for them and get big huge plants. I have grown peppers successfully in pots, again they need a size for good root and plant growth. If you get big pots, check the bottom, a lot of them need the holes drilled out, they usually have them marked but not opened. If they come with the bottom attached I usually take them off so water doesn't sit in them. You can grow almost any veggie in pots, but things like carrots, green beans and corn you won't get enough without having many pots of them. Have fun with your great granddaughter!

  • Pascale Nguyen Pascale Nguyen on Feb 01, 2018
    Scarlet is adorable! Give her 1 pot so she can learn to take care of it.

  • Dfm Dfm on Feb 05, 2018
    a while back I found a guide for container gardens....pepper plants a 2 gallon pot. cucumber 5 gallon container . Melons 5 gallon container, same with squash, egg plant.2 pepper plants in a 5 gal container. Onions, lettuce beets 4 plants per 5gal bucket. Carrots 10 per bucket, radishes 10 per 5 gal. Bucket. Tomato 5 gal. Bucket