Growing Fruits and Veggies in Small Containers

Live in an area where you don’t have much room to grow fruits and veggies? Check out how easy is it is to grow them in pots.

Live in an area where you don't have much room to grow fruits and veggies? Check out how is it is to grow them in pots.

Container gardening seems to control a lot of problems you may have gardening in the ground. I have found that I can control critters and disease in pots. But I have also learned what is really easy to really hard to grow in pots and I would like to share my findings with you. I live in Zone 9 and if you live in a different zone, you may have better luck with certain plants in pots that I seem to find hard to grow.

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Live in an area where you don't have much room to grow fruits and veggies? Check out how is it is to grow them in pots.


These are by far my favorite things to grow in pots. So, so easy to germinate and will grow pretty quickly. Some herbs are very attractive in pots and would look great on a table or patio setting outdoors. There are so many varieties of peppers that are ornamental and great looking, but I prefer to plant green bell peppers for cooking. I use the dwarf variety of kale in pots since kale can get rather large. I seem to get more of a crop out of the dwarf size. 

  • Lettuce
  • Kale
  • Herbs
  • Peppers


Not so easy

The first four items are pretty easy to grow in the ground, but in a pot, they would take up so much room that you wouldn’t get much of a crop out of it. If you do decide to try these in a pot, using a larger pot or fabric bag would work best. I know many who grow strawberries in pots, but you usually just get one crop out of it and not many. I prefer to go to a Pick Your Own strawberry patch to get my bucket full.

  • Beets
  • Onions
  • Radishes
  • Carrots
  • Strawberries

Live in an area where you don't have much room to grow fruits and veggies? Check out how is it is to grow them in pots.


Since these need a lot of room to grow, it’s not a good idea to grow in a pot. Even in a small garden, you would have to go vertical instead of letting them grow on the ground. The reason why I put tomatoes in this category is because of the size of the tomato itself. If you are planning on growing one plant of cherry tomatoes or a very small variety of tomatoes, it’s possible. I grow a bush variety specifically made for pots and then only have one plant in one large pot. I also use a pot size variety of cucumbers that works well. It’s a smaller cucumber, but it’s great for the two of us.

  • Beans
  • Cucumbers
  • Peas
  • Squash
  • Tomatoes

Live in an area where you don't have much room to grow fruits and veggies? Check out how is it is to grow them in pots.


Because of the size of the fruit on all of these listed, it’s a chore to grow them in pots. I have seen people grow potatoes in the fabric pots but if you are wanting a large crop, you would need several of them. I have seen a couple of varieties of blueberry bush for pots which may work in your zone. Lemon trees can be grown in pots but only for a couple of years and then you will need to plant them outdoors.

  • Blueberries
  • Melons
  • Lemons
  • Potatoes

Small Containers for gardening ideas

Here are a few of my favorite pots/containers to use to plant fruits and veggies. Be sure to use container potting soil which drains better and use a good fertilizer specifically made for fruits and veggies.

fabric bags

The 7-gallon fabric bags are what I use on my back patio. They drain so nicely and with handles, you can easily move them where you need to. When you are finished using them, wash them out, fold and easily put them away for another season.

raised garden beds

I used raised beds for several years, but I really love these ideas for smaller areas where you won’t have to bend over so much. Great for those with back, knee, and hip problems.

large pots

I have two of the plastic whiskey barrels and they make great pots to grow veggies in. They have lasted so well in the Florida heat for years now. The larger the pot, the better for your veggies to expand in.

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  1. I wish I could grow stuff. I tend to kill everything I attempt to. If I tried again, I’d go for the easy, that’s for sure.

  2. We have been dying to start a little garden outside. I love the idea of using small containers. Especially when you are limited on space.

  3. I would love to grow some potted vegetables on my porch. Thanks for the great tips. I will try this summer.

  4. I just got some nice stackable pots that would be perfect for growing herbs. I will heed your advice and start my little herb garden really soon.

  5. I’ve always loved growing fruits and vegetables. It’s such a great experience. I love being able to say I grew my own too.

  6. Nothing seems to survive at mine. I can’t even stop a hardy house plant from dying although I might try growing tomatoes again.

  7. I’ve started growing strawberries this year and I am having a lot of fun. I should try growing something else!

  8. I love the idea of growing my own potted fruits and veggies. But unfortunately, I’m not very good with houseplants. These are great tips and they certainly give me the encouragement to try. Thanks for sharing.

  9. I love growing my own veggies and fruits! I think I am going to grow them in small containers this summer.

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