Have you always dreamed of growing your own vegetables, but you just didn’t have enough space? Just because you are living in a cramped apartment or a suburban home with a tiny yard, that doesn’t mean you can’t grow your own food. You just have to get creative and come up with an alternative to a large garden and buckets are a perfect option. All you will need are some 5 gallon buckets, some potting soil, and seedlings and you are all set to start growing your first container garden. Here is a look at 11 vegetables that grow well in buckets or other small containers.
Even if you have never attempted gardening in the past, you can successfully grow your own lettuce. It thrives in shallow containers and you can enjoy a continuous supply of salads if you water it well and snip off the top third of the greens regularly. You can even grow lettuce year round if you bring the buckets indoors during harsh winter weather.
Kale is one of the easiest greens to grow for beginners. You can grow kale throughout the year and it will thrive in container gardens. This vegetable is a delicious addition to your diet and it offers many nutritional benefits as well!
Beets are some of the most basic root vegetables to grow in a bucket garden. For best results, choose a heritage beet variety. You can even grow a variety of red, yellow, or albino beets if you have several spare buckets hanging around.
Carrots are another good option for growing vegetables in buckets. Just opt for the smaller varieties that don’t get really long unless you have a very deep bucket to work with. The heritage carrots will work well in buckets and they are a bit sweeter than other carrot families.
Radishes grow quickly and you can keep them producing year round in buckets. The “Easter Egg” radishes are fun for kids to grow and they make a nice colorful addition to your salads.
Most people never think about planting green beans in containers, but it’s possible. Just make sure you choose bush beans rather than pole beans. With careful watering and regular picking, your bucket of beans should continue producing all summer long.
Peas are easy to grow, but they do best in early spring or fall when the weather is a little cool. Not only can you eat the peas, but you can even harvest the plants and treat them as greens to add to your salads.
Tomato plants are hearty and can produce a lot of tomatoes from each plant. Try planting a few different varieties to get a nice steady supply throughout the summer months. Our favorites are cherry tomatoes and the “Goliath” tomatoes that are large and especially juicy.
Squash plants need nutrient rich soil so they will grow exponentially in a bucket full of potting mix and fertilizer. Just two squash plants will keep you fully supplied throughout the summer with plenty of fresh vegetables to add to your meals.
Cucumbers grow on a vine, but you can still make it work with buckets. Just place the buckets near the side of your house or on a porch or deck where the vines can climb and have adequate support. You could also opt for the Lemon cucumber, which grows on a bush instead of a vine.
Last of all, don’t forget to plant a few buckets of potatoes. There are endless ways you can prepare them and they are a lot of fun to grow. If you have a few potatoes that have started to sprout, go ahead and plant them in some potting soil in a deep bucket. When the plant begins to flower, you can start digging around to find your new potatoes ready and waiting.
Any of these veggies will be a good choice for your new bucket garden. Growing vegetables in containers is a lot of fun and it can ultimately be an extra step in self-sufficiency. Plus, you will save a lot of money on fresh produce by growing it yourself at home.
Have you ever tried gardening in buckets or containers? What vegetables did you grow?