Asked on Jan 16, 2016

Vegetable planting in large planters

Theresa Shearer
by Theresa Shearer
Any suggestions on how to plant vegetables in large planters. Also, what would be the best vegetables to plant?
  16 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jan 16, 2016
    See if this helps you.

  • Patsy Patsy on Jan 16, 2016
    I planted zucchini and cucumbers in barrels this last summer and they did very well. I mixed in zinnias and the display was beautiful!

  • Mar Mar on Jan 16, 2016
    When we lived in NJ we planted tomatoes, eggplants, onions, lettuce, bell peppers and snap peas in large pots due to having a small backyard.

  • S N Foster S N Foster on Jan 16, 2016
    Depends on "large" in what way. Make sure you can reach everything. If needed, leave a space to step or stand between rows; taller things in the back. I recommend checking with your local nursery for advice on what will grow best in your area. If you're not composting start now! It's so much easier than I thought.

  • Bonny McDaniel Bonny McDaniel on Jan 16, 2016
    I have large planters, raised on cinder blocks, because of a bad back. Right now, in winter, I have a great garden of lettuce, spinach, and broccoli. In the summer, I have mini bell peppers, hot peppers, zucchini, string beans (bush), potatoes, lots of tomatoes, egg plant, etc. Some of the varieties have to be the type that like a container and I use those cloth/felt ones for some things although they do dry out very fast. However, I do get very good results. Also, I raise a great variety of herbs and I usually put one or two marigolds into the pot as they help keep some of the invasive bugs away.

  • Dfm Dfm on Jan 16, 2016
    just about any veg will grow in a container... if the growing mix has the proper nutrients for the plant. the issue with corn is pollination, i did see a variety bred for containers, but it was a bit expensive for seed. make sure that your container has plenty of room for optimal root spread...'maters and peppers do best in 5 gallon or larger containers. inexpensive containers include commercial grow bags 2-3-5- gal. bags available from growers supply about 23 cents each, kids plastic pool a about 12-14 $ in my area.. planting in a bag of potting soil 2-3$, cutting 50gal. food grade barrels in half lengthwise 10-20$. 1 gal. self watering pot 6-8 $ each. if you do a container garden, to keep weeds and grass down, mulch a strip about 4 ft wide- woods chips or place on a concrete patio, or 4 ft wide mulch film. just something to smother grass and weeds. you can group the 'maters w/ 4 bags/pots 2 in back and 2 in front almost touching, and wire the cages together for more support. it helps in high winds/storms...and it's easier to mow- just aim the discharge shoot or bag away from the plants. the 4 ft width lets you reach in from both sides, or all sides if you decide to space the quads 4 ft apart.

  • Lisa Gage Lisa Gage on Jan 17, 2016
    Because I am a renter and want to take with if I end up moving anywhere. I use smart pots. They have been the greatest now for 2 seasons! Even got some small ones for my starters in the greenhouse this year! Happy growing! Oh and the big square pallet box for potatoes works so good. Just wire it to keep critters out of it!

  • Theresa Shearer Theresa Shearer on Jan 17, 2016
    Thanks Lisa. I never thought of potatoes but great idea! On my 'to do' list.

  • Kathy Kathy on Jan 17, 2016
    Grow what you like to eat. Find out what grows well in your area.. If you are planting in large planters, make sure there is ample drainage. All dirt has weeds so make sure you pull the weeds when you see them. Good luck!

  • Victoria Howard Victoria Howard on Jan 17, 2016
    I like to plant tomatoes, as I don't care for them except green to fry, or red for sauces, e etc. beans, potatoes, squash can trail down the containers. Enjoy!! Casters or some type of wheel would make them easier to move towards the sunniest spots.

  • Cathy Cathy on Jan 17, 2016
    Tomatoes do very well in large pots, esp. cherry/grape tomatoes---if you can find a tomatoberry plant, try that---they are shaped like strawberries but are tomatoes and very sweet. Make sure to fertilize potted veggies a bit more than if you planted in the ground.

  • Bonny McDaniel Bonny McDaniel on Jan 17, 2016
    Broccoli is a cool season crop. It will tolerate a light frost of about 30-32 degrees but it will 'bolt' in hot weather. I'm not sure where you live in Canada but you should be able to grow it in the spring, or even in summer, if your weather stays under 90 degrees or so.

  • Pam Kaiser Pam Kaiser on Jan 17, 2016
    I grow spinach, lettuce, peppers, and cucumbers ( patio kind) in half "whiskey barrels. Mine are too heavy to move, so I placed them where they would get sun. I can plant really early in them, because they are so easy to cover. I have two clear plastic dome stlye umbrellas that are great to make a greenhouse of the planters, until it warms up.

    • Bonny McDaniel Bonny McDaniel on Jan 18, 2016
      @Pam Kaiser I buy those $1 laundry baskets at Dollar Tree...turn them upside down over my containers. When a frost is predicted, I cover the basket with a towel or two and haven't lost anything yet.

  • Rebecca Bender Rebecca Bender on Jan 17, 2016
    I did tomato's, peppers, chives, onions, basil and cilantro this year in pots on my deck.

  • Theresa Shearer Theresa Shearer on Jan 18, 2016
    Thanks everyone for all of your great ideas. Come on Spring!!

  • Three Dogs in a Garden Three Dogs in a Garden on Jan 18, 2016
    I was shocked to see a $8 cauliflower yesterday in the store. The low Canadian dollar is killing us in the produce isle! It's enough to make you want to grow your own veggies this summer. I tend to specialize in flowers, but maybe check out the Savvy Gardening Blog. They are largely Canadian and write about veggies frequently.

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    • Bonny McDaniel Bonny McDaniel on Jan 18, 2016
      @Three Dogs in a Garden Many veggies doe well when planted in among flowers. I have marigolds in my veggie containers in the summer and calendulas in the winter. Looks colorful and discourages harmful insects.