What Are The Best Winter Vegetables To Grow In Pots?
Posted on December 3, 2018 by Devon Metcalfe
When winter comes around it may seem unfeasible to keep growing your beloved vegetables as you watch the snow fall outside. However, there is a way to get around it – planting in pots. By planting your vegetables in pots, you’re still giving yourself an excellent crop during the colder months. You can keep them in your greenhouse or even in your home.
Here’s a look at the best winter vegetables to grow in pots:
Tomatoes are one of the most popular vegetables to grow in pots because they work so wonderfully well. They need plenty of sunlight, so keep them on a windowsill or in a sun-drenched spot where they’ll get a minimum of 5/6 hours of sun per day. Cherry tomatoes can be grown in medium-sized pots, so they won’t take up too much space.
Winter salads are easy to grow, with the opportunity to harvest your lettuce multiple times. When planting lettuce in pots, it’s best to choose a pot that’s at least 6 inches deep, with enough room left in-between plants. Varieties such as ‘Little Gem’ and ‘Tom Thumb’ are great choices. The soil should be kept slightly moist all the time.
Broad beans are actually one of the best winter vegetables to grow in pots. Plant them near walls with structural support as they’re climbers. Keep them in a sunny spot for maximum results. You can also grow a variety of greens in the same pot; such as kale or celery.
Chillies and Peppers
Chillies and peppers can be grown together. All they need is a pot that’s at least 12 inches deep and plenty of sunlight. Smaller chillies can even be grown alongside your other herbs on your kitchen windowsill!
Of all the winter vegetables to grow in pots, radishes are among the quickest to harvest. They’re well suited to growing in pots, and even a small pot of 6 inches deep is more than enough to produce tangy radishes.
Spinach is easy enough to grow in pots around the home, providing they’ve got access partial shade. Ensure there’s at least 4 inches between plants for the best results, and plant in a pot that’s at least 6 inches deep.
Salad onions are commonly associated with winter, along with the other root veg varieties such as parsnips and carrots. These can be grown in large pots, with at least 1.5 inches between them. Enjoy chopped up with your homegrown lettuce for a tasty winter salad.
Carrots are best grown in the cooler weather. They do require some maintenance with regular watering, but aside from this they’re a great vegetable to grow in containers. They don’t take up too much room, which is what makes them a popular choice.
Chard is best grown in a warm climate, such as a greenhouse. Not only are they a tasty addition to your winter salad, but they also look wonderful thanks to their colourful stems. Grow in small sized pots with at least 6 inches of space between plants.
Garlic bulbs are always a popular choice when it comes to winter vegetables to grow in pots because they’re so often used in cooking, particularly in warming winter dishes. When planting garlic in pots, you’ll need a wide container that’s at least 6/8 inches deep. Leave at least 5 inches in-between bulbs to ensure they have room to grow.