How to Grow Winter Vegetables in Containers

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How to Grow Winter Vegetables in Containers
Extend your gardening season by planting winter vegetables, like cabbage, in pots. (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

Winter vegetables, such as cabbage, Brussels sprout, broccoli, kale, lettuce, radishes, carrots and bunching onions grow well in containers. The only requirements are a space---indoors or outdoors---with enough sunlight and a way to protect plants from frost.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Pots
  • Planting medium
  • Broken pottery or small rocks
  • Water-soluble fertiliser

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    Choose containers that are large enough to hold your plants through their growth cycle. A 1-gallon container will hold two to three mature beet plants, one celery plant, two heads of lettuce or several carrots, radishes or bunching onions. A 2-gallon container is large enough for one mature broccoli, cabbage or kale plant. A 3-gallon container is large enough for one mature Brussels sprout or cauliflower plant. Start several seeds in each pot and thin to the appropriate number of mature plants. Often seedlings may be added to salads or homemade soups.

  2. 2

    Locate your indoor container garden near a window that gets plenty of sunlight. Vegetables need 6 to 8 hours of sunlight a day to grow.

  3. 3

    Place a layer of broken pottery or small rocks or gravel in the bottom of the pot prior to adding soil to help with drainage. Make sure to put indoor pots on trays to avoid drainage from leaking. Fill your pots with potting soil.

  4. 4

    Check your container garden daily. Plants grown in pots need more water than those grown in the ground. Water whenever the soil feels dry. Water until the excess comes out of the drain holes. Keep potting soil evenly moist and never let your plants wilt prior to watering.

  5. 5

    Feed your vegetables with a water-soluble fertiliser every two weeks. Pick your vegetables as soon as they are ripe to keep the plants producing.

  6. 6

    Cut pieces of garden shade cloth large enough to cover each container and full-grown plant in an outdoor container garden. Cover the plants if the weather report calls for frost. Use bricks or rocks to secure the cloth against wind.

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