6 Crops You Didn’t Know You Could Grow In Containers
11th May 2015
Growing fruit and veg in containers is a concept that has steadily risen in popularity in recent years. The practicality of being able to move crops easily to sunny spots or away from the risk of bad weather is a great benefit compared to working on open ground. At one time, only small plants such as herbs, radishes and chillies were suitable for this environment, but the introduction of dwarf varieties means you can now grow in abundance, no matter how much space you have.
1. Cherries Dwarf varieties such as 'Stella' have a compact root system, allowing you to grow them in 60cm pots and still reap the rewards of a reliable harvest. This plant is also self-fertile, so it doesn't require a pollination companion, giving you the freedom to place this crop anywhere that suits you.
2. Potatoes Whist you may not get the high yields you'd acquire from growing in the ground, spuds will develop much quicker in containers. The fact that you can move your crops into the warm conditions they need makes this more of a quality than quantity method. It's also much easier to control the pests and diseases that gardeners often face.
3. Runner beans This productive plant will do well in a patio pot if given adequate support and well-drained soil. 'Hestia' is a great variety to try as it will grow to a manageable height of just 45cm while still producing high-quality yields.
4. Squash For a practical plant that will produce four or five fruits in containers, trying growing 'Baby Bush' squash. This veg is very greedy, so be sure to supply it with the space and nutrients it needs by placing it in a final container of 90 to 150cm.
5. Kale This incredibly healthy veg will provide you with an abundance of delicious green leaves, even in pots! You must allow at least 15cm² of space so that this plant has the room it needs to develop – keep it in a shaded area to avoid the risk of drying out.
6. Melons Gardeners with limited space may have eliminated the possibility of growing large crops such as these juicy fruits, but dwarf varieties like 'Minnesota Midget' can make this a reality! Make sure to provide canes so that the plant can climb upwards, and once melons form, support the weight to take the strain away from the stem.
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