Small space gardening

Everything you need to know to plant in containers, leverage vertical gardens, and more

Best crops for pots

Some veggies are more suitable than others for container gardening

SQUASH

Pot depth: 18 in.

Soil temperature: At least 60°.

Spacing: One plant per pot.

Summer squash is more productive than winter squash. Grow compact varieties like 'Gold Rush' yellow zucchini, 'Spacemiser' green zucchini, or 'Sunburst' scallopini (shown).

TOMATOES

Pot depth: 18 in.

Soil temperature: At least 60°.

Spacing: One plant per pot.

Use small wire cages or stakes to support determinate types (2- to 3-ft.-tall varieties that produce their crop all at once); try 'Bush Celebrity'. Use sturdy 5-ft.-tall cages for indeterminate types (tall kinds that produce fruits all season) such as 'Early Girl' (shown).

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