Vegetable gardening: 15 tips and ideas to vegetable container garden design

Nothing is as exciting as preparing food with fresh vegetables from your own garden. Imagine harvesting lots of tasty tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, melons, herbs such as Aloe Vera or any other vegetable from your garden. You don’t need so much space in your backyard or garden to grow a vegetable of choice.

With proper planning and the right choices, you can get a bountiful harvest of herbs and vegetables grown in your home garden. You won’t just get tastier vegetables with a better texture than what you buy from your local grocery, but also get to save money. Gardening is also fun, letting you spend your time productively outdoors in the sun or indoors during cooler months.

Furthermore, gardening can also improve the appearance of your home, giving it a colorful and bold look. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced gardener, and despite your reason for wanting to garden, you’ll find this article resourceful. Here are 15 tips to help you start a vegetable container garden in your backyard:

Top 15 Vegetable Container Garden Design Ideas

  1. Add Color to Your Garden

Grow various herbs and vegetables in your container vegetable garden. Each has distinct, but attractive foliage, and varying textures and colors, perfect for adding visual appeal to your garden. Swiss chard with red stems, leafy rosemary, red hot pepper, and round midnight basil are some vegetables to consider.

Red Hot Pepper

Red Hot Pepper

Herbs such as thyme or lemongrass can also make your garden more colorful and attractive. Other ornamental vegetables to add color to your garden include hyacinth beans and scarlet runner beans.

  1. Opt for Colorful Pots/Containers

Colorful pots can also brighten your container vegetable garden. Choose containers in bright colors such as red, orange and yellow to grow your herbs and vegetables. Alternatively, pots in neutral colors such as white, black or grey can create a perfect backdrop for your choice of colorful vegetables and herbs as explained above.

Brightly Colored Gardening Pots

Colored Gardening Pots

  1. Grow Herbs in a Pot with Multiple Openings

Find a pot with multiple openings to grow various herbs such as oregano, dill, rosemary, thyme, chives, and sage. It helps save space and increase yield.

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A One-Pot Garden – Image Courtesy of Bonnie Plants

  1. Grow Vines and Climbers to Create a Vertical Garden

Cucumbers, bitter lemon, pole beans, gourds, vine tomatoes, pumpkins, Malabar spinach, peas, melons, and squashes are examples of vines and climbers you can include in your garden. They make use of vertical space and yield produce in plenty.

Vertical Container Garden

Vertical Container Garden

Use sticks, cages or trellis to support your vines and climbers, directing them upwards to create a vertical garden. Vertical gardens help make use of the little space you have available in your yard or patio.

  1. Add a Few Hanging Baskets

Hanging baskets can also optimize vertical space in your garden while still letting you use containers on the ground. Herbs such as rosemary and vegetables such as tomatoes, coriander, and strawberry can successfully grow in hanging baskets. They can also add visual appeal to your vegetable container garden.

Hanging Baskets

Hanging Baskets

  1. Create Space in Your Garden for Herbs

Your garden isn’t complete without herbs. They’re handy in making your meals tastier. Choose at least two herbs to add to your vegetable garden. Select the herbs you like the most and can do well in your geographical location. Consider mint, parsley, oregano, thyme, cilantro, sage, coriander, rosemary, etc. Grow them in pots or containers, window boxes or hanging baskets.

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A Spice Herbs Container Garden

  1. Find Unique, Stylish Planters

Find unique planters in a stylish design to add visual interest to your container garden for vegetables. Use empty containers in your home to make unique DIY planters for your vegetables. It would also help with recycling such containers, especially those made from plastic.

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A Stylish Kettle Style Planter

Alternatively, buy unique planters in varies sizes and shapes to give your garden an appealing look. Other household items such as tires and candle holders can also help come up with exceptional DIY planter ideas.

  1. Grow a Productive Vegetable for Successive Harvesting

Asian greens, chilies, and peppers, radishes, spinach, carrots, peas, eggplant, cucumber, squash, lettuce, beans, and tomatoes are productive container vegetables. They do so well when grown in pots, atop being easy to grow. Make sure you pick one and grow in a container to start your garden. Moreover, you’ll harvest your vegetable successively many times before replanting your garden.

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Gardening Tomatoes for Successive Harvesting

  1. Add Edible Flowers

More than 42 flowers, according to the Tree Hugger, are edible. Flowers such as sunflower, clover, hibiscus, fuchsia, impatiens, jasmine and lilac, among others, are edible. Therefore, they’re a perfect addition to any garden. Use them to garnish your meals, make salads or prepare sharbat. Moreover, they add color and visual interest to your garden, making it more beautiful.

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An Edible Red Hibiscus Flower

  1. Grow Tomatoes

Tomatoes are a vegetable often used in the kitchen to prepare salads or even cook meals, making it a must-have in your garden. They’re also attractive and bound to add color to your container garden. Choose at least two different varieties to grow in your garden for a bountiful harvest.

Bush Champion, Big Boy Bush, Celebrity, Bush Goliath, Patio F, Early Girl Bush, Tumbling Tom, Window Box Roma, Sweet 100, Sun Sugar, Sun Gold, and Manitoba, among others are ideal for container gardening.

  1. Add Plants with Varying Heights

Grow vegetables with varying heights to kick boredom out of your garden. Planters of different heights and sizes can also help achieve the same effect. Place containers of varied sizes and heights in groups to create a layered look for visual appeal. Organize plants according to height with the tallest at the back of your container vegetable garden.

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A Garden with Plants of Varied Heights

  1. Create a Potted Vegetable Garden

Pot gardens come in handy if you don’t have much space to accommodate larger containers. They’re ideal for open windows with enough exposure to the sun and small balconies. Grow a few vegetables in a single pot to optimize space you have available for gardening.

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A Potted Garden

  1. Buy a Vertical Planter

Vertical planters are designed with layers of space to accommodate as many vegetables as possible. Find one to grow your greens and fresh herbs vertically to save space for other plants that require more space to grow.

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A Vertical Planter Mounted on a Wall

  1. Grow a Citrus Fruit

Dwarf citrus fruits varieties such as lemons easily grow in pots and containers. Find a suitable variety to plant in your vegetable or home garden.

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Lemon Tree Growing in a Container

  1. Consider Vertical Gardening

Old bookshelves, shoe racks, and plant holders can create more space in gardens to ensure there’s enough for all your vegetables. Hanging planters such as baskets and railing planters are ideal for creating vertical gardens in balconies.

Pallet planters and holders, picture frames, pallet planks, layered gutter gardens, apartment hanging gardens, shelves, and staircase stands also come in handy when creating vertical gardens.

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Organic Vegetables in a Hydroponic Vertical Garden

Conclusion

Whether you already have some veggies growing in your garden or want to start one from scratch, you won’t go wrong with these great tips. Remember to find out the growth requirements of your vegetables and learn to keep your vegetable container garden free from weeds and pests.

Contact us to find out more about vegetable container gardening and what it takes to start a successful garden of veggies in your yard or even indoors.

 

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