Learn to grow easy vegetables in great looking container combos. You’ll love the candid advice and even the “bloopers” as she trialed over 1,700 plants in 200 containers to gather the material. Vegetables and flowers can make beautiful pot buddies.
Keep It Simple
“Don’t mix too many veggies in a big glazed pot. Keep it simple, like one tall vegetable in the center surrounded by a few flowers. Or, some big bold vegetables like okra and squash do better alone.”
Pretty pots add to the overall effect, but they don’t have to be expensive. We used colorful buckets from the dollar store with holes punched in them for drainage to add pizzazz without costing much. Nice supports like painted trellises help the overall look, too. Many things work as containers: buckets, bushel baskets, washtubs, old wicker baskets, round glazed ceramic pot. Make sure that homemade containers have drainage holes, or make them yourself. Larger veggies, like tomato and eggplant, will need at least a 5-gallon container. Use the largest pot you can afford and have space for, especially with the big summer vegetables like squash, eggplant, tomatoes, and okra. The big plants need the room for the roots to grow.”
Some Veggies Are Okay Alone, But Most Like Flowers
“Big bold plants can stand alone in a pot, but most look much better accented with flowers. Use large plants in the center surrounded by smaller flowers and trailing flowers. Great vegetable centerpieces include pepper, tomato, eggplant, collard, cabbage, and kale.”
Plant tiny veggies first. Add flowers later.
Space plants closer than if in the ground.
Vegetables are easier in larger pots.
Use colorful trellises and pretty obelisks for supports.
Production varies a lot, use 236 Habanero peppers from one plant.