No Garden? Here Are 66 Things You Can Grow At Home In Containers


From ‘Wakeup-World’

By Rachel Cernansky

Growing your own food is exciting, not only because you get to see things grow from nothing into ready-to-eat fruits and veggies, but you also don’t have to worry about the pesticides they might contain, and you definitely cut down on the miles they—and you—have to travel.

As it turns out, with pretty minimal effort, anyone can be a gardener. My boyfriend and I are essentially first-timers this season and so far have the beginnings of strawberries peeking out, tomatoes are on their way, the basil’s about ready for a big batch of pesto, and once the last frost hits, the peppers, kale, spinach, chard, and mesclun(sic) will be on their way, too. All on a tiiiny(sic) little terrace (with the help of a little DIY carpentry).

If you’re up to the challenge—and it really isn’t much of one—growing your own food can be so rewarding. And so much cheaper! Just be sure to choose the  right planter  or  container, learn how to  maintain it properly, and go find yourself some seeds! (Or starter plants.)

Like this idea? Be sure to check out these  6 Crazy Concepts for Micro Gardens That Actually Work  to get inspiration for designing your own garden in a small space.

Here’s a starter list of all the crazy things even urban gardeners, without space for a garden, can grow at home.

Tree fruits – including apples

1. Apples can be grown in a container; you can also grow them on the balcony or other small space using a technique called espaliering.

2. Kumquats

3. Avocados (plenty of extra tips online if you search)

4. Blackberries

5. Blueberries (sometimes helpful videos are available online)

6. Pomegranate

7. Cherries

8. Figs

9. Pears

Citrus fruits

Citrus trees in particular are said to be good for beginning gardeners and are easy to grow indoors, so don’t let inexperience or lack of outdoor space stop you from enjoying fresh-picked, hyper-local fruit.

10. Dwarf oranges

11. Grapefruit

12. Tangerines

13. Meyer lemons

14. Limes

Tropical fruits

Tropical fruits can also be surprisingly easy to grow indoors, even in non-tropical climates. Such as…

15. Bananas (look for container gardening tips online)

16. Pineapple

17. Papaya

18. Guavas (several varieties)

The real surprises

19. Hops—yes, as in the “spice” ingredient in beer. Turns out they’re easy to grow!

20. Aloe Vera

21. Strawberries

22. Tea (well, herbal tea)

23. Quinoa!

The non-surprises

24. Tomatoes

25. Summer squash

26. Other squashes, like acorn and pumpkin

27. Hot Peppers

28. Sweet peppers

29. Cucumbers

Melons

30. Small cantaloupe

31. Jenny Lind melon (an heirloom cantaloupe)

32. Golden Midget Watermelon

Herbs

Just about any herb grows well indoors—just be sure that if you’re going to do any container-sharing, you do your research first about which herbs co-habitate well together. (Some will hog water, for example, and leave the others dried out.)

33. Basil

34. Oregano

35. Parsley

36. Rosemary

37. Chives

38. Catnip

39. Thyme

40. Sage

41. Parsley

Leafy Greens

42. Kale

43. Mesclun greens

44. Spinach

45. Swiss chard

46. Lettuces (plenty of options there, from micro-greens to head or loose-leaf)

47. Mustard greens

48. Collard greens

49. Arugula

Root Vegetables

50. Carrots

51. Beets

52. Potatoes

Other healthy-sounding stuff

53. Sprouts

54. More sprouts: mung bean and lentil sprouts

55. Wheatgrass

56. Kohlrabi

57. Turnips

58. Rutabagas

59. Celeriac

60. Parsnips

61. Jerusalem Artichoke

62. Sugar snap peas

63. Rhubarb (not ideal in a container, but it can work)

64. Mushrooms (again, more tips online if you look)

65. Pole Beans

66. Aaaand… asparagus, although some disagree that it does well in a container. Try it if you’re ok with a risk!

Bonus 67: You can grow your own loofah, too, but you’d need a garden rather than a container for that.

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About Ken McMurtrie

Retired Electronics Engineer, most recently installing and maintaining medical X-Ray equipment. A mature age "student" of Life and Nature, an advocate of Truth, Justice and Humanity, promoting awareness of the injustices in the world.
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5 Responses to No Garden? Here Are 66 Things You Can Grow At Home In Containers

  1. icouldahad says:

    Just two days ago, I was in the queue and the lady in front of me had purchased silver beet.. what the article calls Swiss chard. I couldn’t help but think that it was the easiest veg to grow and wondered why she didn’t grow it herself. I mention this to a friend who said that maybe she doesn’t have a garden and I said to my friend that you can grow it in a pot.
    I can understand not wanting to grow some things – my broccoli is slow go again this winter (must be our globull not-warming) – but silver beet? I actually wanted to tell the woman she should be growing it herself, but it would have probably started an argument.

    • It seems a slow learning curve. There are few mainstream media sources offering and encouraging home growing food.
      There might well be many places where a degree of self-sufficiency will be essential in the future.

      • icouldahad says:

        And with councils stealing our properties through zones and overlays – thank you UN Vancouver Declaration – squeezing houses onto 300m blocks, or tree planting that not only increases the fire risk but robs your property of sunlight so your food won’t grow anyway…then governments making trade agreements with Monsatan who then limits what seeds can be brought into the country, or governments geo-engineering and spraying who-knows-what that comes down and destroys the health of the soil and water… I have a healthy list of what ails the blustered home owners and prevents them from growing their own food.
        Having school veggie patches are great, but they should be given home-work – creating the same at their homes.
        The biggest bait-and-switch was the UN turning everyone’s head around from self-sufficiency to ‘sustainable development’.
        Self-sufficiency honors the individual, keeps one honest and responsible. Sustainability – codeword for communism – is concerned with the collective, aka Marxism, and doesn’t want free men, just slaves.
        Lose your self and you lose it all.
        LOL I think that’s enough ranting for the night.

      • Interesting suggestion about growing food at home for homework. Far better than common core maths and bad science.

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