Tuesday, October 6, 2020

5 More Plants to Grow in 1 Gallon Container Gardens

In my previous article: Best Vegetables to Grow in 1 Gallon Container Gardens, we talked about growing the following plants in 1 gallon containers:

Basil, Swiss Chard, Lettuce, Cilantro, Green Onion, Kale, Chili Peppers

In this article, we're going to cover a few more vegetables that you can successfully grow in a one gallon container.


Bush beans are a very compact plant and can prolifically produce a good crops of beans before dying out. Think of these like determinant tomatoes, where they produce all their tomatoes at once during the season.

Now when you are buying seeds from the store got to be careful. If you're trying to grow beans in a one gallon container, avoid any seed packets that say "pole beans". This style of bean grows up trelises and is indeterminant. Much too big for a 1 gallon container. Beans are also cool in that they come in several different colors, Green, Purple, and Yellow to name a few.

Recommended Varieties: Blue Lake, Royal Burgundy, Cherokee Wax, Roma II


Arugula, it's a vegetable! Arugula seeds germinate pretty readily, so no need to worry about the plants not getting started. Ideally when you grow arugula, you want to harvest the leaves when they are small. As plants age, the leaves tend to get more peppery, but maybe that's something you like with your salads. The plants tend to go to seed pretty quickly, so keep that in mind if you're planning on succession planting or saving seeds.

Recommended Varieties: Rocket


Radishes are one of the quickest growing vegetables. Typically you can get a harvest in about a month. Since radishes are very small, you can fit about 3 to 4 of them inside a one gallon container. Prepare to enjoy some spicy radishes in your meals!

Recommended Varieties: Cherry Radish, Champion, French Breakfast


Ah carrots, one of the most iconic root vegetables. You can fit a few carrots into a 1 gallon container, but you need to have some loose soil in order for the tap roots to develop correctly. Many times have I tried to grow carrots, only for them to turn out looking disfigured. My recommendation is to choose a variety that only grows half the normal length.

Recommended Varieties: Scarlet Nantes, Little Finger, Danver half long


To finish off this list, we have mint. This perrenial herb grows rapidly in cool to warm climates. It's also recommended that you grow mint in containers, since planting it in the ground will cause the plant to take over your yard. With mint, you can propagate continuously from its runners or by rooting stems, so you can have unlimited mint.

For more information about growing mint, check the video link here for our in-depth mint growing guide.

Recommended Varieties: Spearmint, Peppermint, and flavored ones such as Chocolate Mint, and Orange Mint are all good

So those are some additional recommendations on what plants to grow in your container garden. 

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