Container Vegetable Gardening

Asked February 27, 2018, 10:09 AM EST

In general, how many containers and how much container space do I need to grow vegetables such as spinach, peas, green beans, squash, and beets for a 2 person household? I have an 8x5 raised bed as well in which I grew tomatoes last year. I have a shady yard so the one raised bed and containers are my best option. I would like to have substantial output this year, so I need to use my space as wisely as I can. What do you suggest? Thank you in advance.

Calvert County Maryland vegetables containers raised beds

1 Response

It is difficult to give an indication of how much area you need to devote to certain crops to feed 2 people. There are many variables such as size of containers, spacing, site, etc. There are only so many things that mature at certain times during the growing season. You can plant some second crops into areas where early cool season vegetables were grown to extend the use of an area. For example, plant cool season crops like spinach or peas and then follow with warm season crops such as beans or squash. Take a look at our publication on containers and our Vegetable Profiles on each crop for more information.
http://extension.umd.edu/sites/extension.umd.edu/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG600%20Co...
http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/plants/vegetable-crops
If you are growing in containers look for compact varieties.
Spinach and beets will tolerate more shade than the rest of the crops. Squash grows best in full sun.
Here is a publication that gives you an idea of how much feet of row to use per person. There are only so many things that mature at certain times during the growing season. You can plant some second crops into areas where early cool season vegetables were grown to extend the use of an area
http://extension.umd.edu/sites/extension.umd.edu/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG%2016%20...
Also, here is a chart that you may find helpful https://harvesttotable.com/vegetable_crop_yields_plants_p/

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