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Growing Potted Vegetables

Potted Vegetables

Potted Vegetables

Like many each year I have struggled to grow a garden. Although I have a enough space in my yard I will admit that over the past few years it has been a big chore. I have a business, a day job and many side projects but I have struggled on mostly for my daughter, primarily to enhance her childhood and give her something we can do together. Not that we don't do a lot of things together anyway but it is nice to have at least a little garden when you have children.

This year like every other I waked into my backyard and gave it a little cleaning and prepared to dig up the soil. Also to do a massive weeding job. But something told me there just had to be an easier way so like I normally do when faced with a big question I researched it. In my research I found some alternatives to digging the ground up by hand and planting the whole garden.



In several videos and pictures I saw that many people do grow vegetables in pots. Mind you they are usually deeper pots but with some vegetables like spinach, lettuce, radishes, etc it really doesn't have to be deep. Some of the pots I have seen for these types of vegetables were maybe 5 - 6 inches high but still got the job done. In some cases I saw inventive arrangements, using old chimney pipes, small garbage cans, pails and other containers all used to grow vegetables.


Garden boxes were another option. It would still be a great place for many vegetable plants and eliminate the need for me to dig up the ground in my back yard. It would also mean very little weeding compared to the never ending job of doing it in our garden. Many of these boxes were small garden sized but I also saw people used window boxes, and other oddly shaped boxes hanging from railings, porches, patios, fences and otherwise arranged to use what space they had to use.


I discovered a device called a Topsy Turvey which is a thick fabric tube that when filled with soil is hung from a balcony, porch, fence, patio etc. The plant, whether it be a tomato, cucumber or other larger plant would hang from the underside of the tube with it's roots in the tube with dirt. The plant would hang and go with gravity over time and you would water in the top of the tube.

Overall I eventually used four Topsy Turvey devices hung from an old swing set. Two tomatoes plants and two cucumber plants. I also used a half dozen large pots in which I had several types of vegetables. My daughter was still very excited to so it and it was a fraction of the work I had poured into it in previous years.

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Candle Hour (author) from North America on June 08, 2012:

always exploring - yes, draining of water is needed over time. Thanks for reading :)

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on June 02, 2012:

Thank you so much. I didn't know about poking a hole in the bottom..Thank's again..

Candle Hour (author) from North America on June 02, 2012:

always exploring - yes I actually have some in buckets I got at the dollar store. Just make sure you poke a hole or a few in the bottom so that water can drain out. Otherwise over watering or heavy rain could drown your plants.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on June 02, 2012:

I came back to ask if you can use plastic buckets? I have a garden growing now, but next year i'm going to use pots..Thank you..

Candle Hour (author) from North America on June 01, 2012:

Lipnancy - yes, they do a pretty good job for sure :) thanks for commenting :)

Nancy Yager from Hamburg, New York on May 28, 2012:

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My sister and I have enjoyed the Topsy Turvey's very much. We got some great vegetables from them last year.

Candle Hour (author) from North America on May 24, 2012:

always exploring - yes it is easier and I really enjoy it :)

Candle Hour (author) from North America on May 24, 2012:

lupine - true potted veggies are great, proper size of pot for the each plant is key too for sure.

Candle Hour (author) from North America on May 23, 2012:

breakfastpop - I really enjoy growing potted vegetables. It is easier and you can do it even if you have little space.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on May 23, 2012:

I never thought of growing veggies in pots. Whan a clever idea. Thank you for sharing.

lupine from Southern California (USA) on May 23, 2012:

Growing vegetables in pots has it advantages. I grow lemongrass, spearmint, chives, and other things in pots and they do well. Just remember to move to a larger pot when the plant is larger.

breakfastpop on May 23, 2012:

I love the idea of growing veggies and herbs in pots rather than directly in the ground.

Candle Hour (author) from North America on May 23, 2012:

floors - so far they seem to be growing very well. That is actually one of the claims that the plant grows faster with gravity, also the nutrients get right to the roots in the tube with dirt and the tube also warms from the sun which is supposed to help as well.

floors from United Kingdom on May 23, 2012:

I like the Topsy Turvey idea. I wonder whether the plants can grow faster due to gravity that way round.

Candle Hour (author) from North America on May 22, 2012:

rebeccamealey - I love gardening but it was much easier doing it in pots and hanging topsy turvy devices :)

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on May 22, 2012:

It certainly looks like they are working out growing in the containers. Like you say, as long as they are deep enough. Some plants have shallower roots, and I suppose those are best to try growing in containers. THanks for sharing your gardening knowledge. Voted up and useful!

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