No Yard? No Problem – 66 Plants That Are Perfect For Growing In Pots

In no way is growing your own food a bad idea. Pick your soil and seeds carefully and BAM! You have food the way food was meant to be. Great for your health beacuse you by pass the grueling game of GMO’s and pesticides, growing your own food spells health in more subtle ways as well.

Gardening has been shown to increase life spans, fight arthritis and a great way to get a little sun. The mindfulness that goes into on protecting and encouraging life spells wonders for one’s sense of compassion and appreciation for life. The result that speaks to me the loudest though is the flavor. I don’t care how cool your local farmer is, I grew a potato over my kitchen sink and it was a mind boggling medley of flavors.

Sounds great right? You’re probably ready to grow enough food for you and your block right? But like me you don’t even have a yard, so this dream will have to be shelved for another time… Well not today my agricultural dreamer. With a little compromise you can still grow the herb, fruits and veggies you hold dearest!

Before You Start

The strength a meal lies in its preperation. That intention of wholesome productivity can be traced to how its grown. Your local farmer’s market or grocery store will probably have the seeds you desire. If not the internet has got your back. Make sure your getting the strain you prefer and that it is GMO free. As you figure out what you wanna grow look into alternative growing methods. That potatoe I mentioned earlier was grown have submerged in water with no soil. I did add a nutrient blend to the water periodically.

Not every plant will need the same requirements. You might be able to double up plants in ceratin containment methods.
Start with five plant types and now mre than three of each (three tomato plants, three chive stalks, three garlic bulbs, three aloe vera plants, and three oregano plants as an example of the most you should start out with) I know you want to start growing eden in your living room but trust that a small scale increase on what you know you can mange will ensure you don’t kill anything and maximize your harvest.

Fruit Trees

These are great for beginners. Look up the deatils on espaliering, a growing technique for maximizing little spaces.

  1.  Apples

2. Kumquats

3. Avocados (plenty of extra tips online if you search)

4. Blackberries

5. Blueberries (sometimes helpful videos are available online)

6. Pomegranate

7. Cherries

8. Figs

9. Pears

Citrus Fruits

These plants can flourish indoors adding a nice decorative touch to your house or apartment.

10. Dwarf oranges

11. Grapefruit

12. Tangerines

13. Meyer lemons

14. Limes

Tropical Fruits

Bananas (look for container gardening tips online)

16. Pineapple

17. Papaya

18. Guavas (several varieties)

‘Neat’ Options

19. Hops—yes, as in the “spice” ingredient in beer. Turns out they’re easy to grow!

20. Aloe Vera

21. Strawberries

22. Tea (well, herbal tea)

23. Quinoa


24. Tomatoes

25. Summer squash

26. Other squashes, like acorn and pumpkin

27. Hot Peppers

28. Sweet peppers29. Cucumbers


30. Small cantaloupe

31. Jenny Lind melon (an heirloom cantaloupe)

32. Golden Midget Watermelon


33. Basil

34. Oregano

35. Parsley

36. Rosemary

37. Chives

38. Catnip

39. Thyme

40. Sage

41. Parsley


42. Kale

43. Mesclun greens

44. Spinach

45. Swiss chard

46. Lettuces (plenty of options there, from micro-greens to head or loose-leaf)

47. Mustard greens

48. Collard greens

49. Arugula

Root Vegetables

50. Carrots

51. Beets

52. Potatoes

Healthy Options

53. Sprouts

54. More sprouts: mung bean and lentil sprouts

55. Wheatgrass

56. Kohlrabi

57. Turnips

58. Rutabagas

59. Celeriac

60. Parsnips

61. Jerusalem Artichoke

62. Sugar snap peas

63. Rhubarb (not ideal in a container, but it can work)

64. Mushrooms (again, more tips online if you look)

65. Pole Beans

66. asparagus

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