There is nothing quite as delicious as a home-grown vegetable. There's something special about the work you put in, the pleasure of watching your plants grow and produce fruit, and then the joy of the freshest veggies imaginable.
Tomato or Solanum Lycopersicum is one of the favorite plants for home gardeners to grow. They are wildly versatile and can be grown in pots, raised beds, hanging baskets, or even upside down.
Cucumbers come right after tomatoes in terms of ease of producing for home gardeners. We often think of cucumbers, or Cucumis Sativas, as vining plants that need lots of space, but there are many bush varieties that will work well for the container garden.
The bush beans are more compact, but the beans require a bit more searching for on the plant. Pole beans will produce all season whereas bush beans tend to ripen close to the same time.
Lettuce, or Lactuca Sativa, is one of the fastest-growing vegetables you can start in a container.
Peppers, or Capsicum, come in many different varieties for containers. From super hot and spicy chilis to more commonly eaten green peppers, they all will work in container gardening.
Carrots are a cooler weather plant, so in the heat of summer, they'll do well with some shade. They also like a nice aerated soil that allows their root structure, the carrot itself, to find its way deep into the pot to ripen.
Radishes, also known as Raphanus Sativus, are another great container vegetable. They come in many colorful varieties, and it's easy to grow several of them at once.
Just like radishes, beetroot, or Beta Vulgaris, come in many colorful varieties, and it's easy to grow several of them at once. Spread out your sowing of seeds and you will spread out your yield.
Turnips are another plant that ripens beneath the soil. Brassica rapa subsp. rapa comes in many different varieties, but they are all subspecies of the mustard family.
Squash and pumpkins are two of five plants in the Cucurbita family and two common vegetables that are grown for consumption. They are typically vining plants with rather large fruit which doesn't make them the obvious choice for container gardening.
Spinach, like lettuce, is another fast-growing and delicious vegetable for the container garden. Spinach, or Spinacia oleracea, is another cool-weather vegetable that prefers to grow during the spring and the fall.
Peas, or Pisum Sativum, are our final vegetable on the list for container gardening. This easy-to-grow plant is a hit with kids and adults alike, and it doesn't require a whole lot of work on your part.