{Fall & Winter Gardening} Growing Food in 1, 2, and 3-GALLON Containers

Posted on Sep 15 2015 - 10:13am by UOG

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Fall and winter gardens are possible, even when growing in containers. Stick with these cool-weather crops and planting suggestions for success. Don’t wait.  Now is the perfect time to order your seeds online and start planting! Believe it or not, September – October are great times to start these seeds listed below ….

First, we’re going to break it down by container size.  If you go to a local garden center you’re going to come across the same thing.

1-gallon, 2-gallon, and  3-gallon containers are all great for growing food.  You’d be surprised.

Here’s what you can grow in them:

If you’re using a 1-GALLON CONTAINER:

  • Beets (you can fit about 2- 3 beets in this size container)
  • Carrots (3-4)
  • Celery (1)
  • Collards (1)
  • Kohlrabi (1)
  • Leeks (1)
  • Lettuce (1-2)
  • Mustard Greens (2)
  • Bunching Onion (2-3)
  • Radish (3-4)
  • Spinach (2)
  • Swiss Chard (1)
  • Turnips (2)

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If you’re using a 2-GALLON CONTAINER:

You can plant all the same things as you could using a 1-GALLON CONTAINER with the addition of these larger varieties:

  • Broccoli (1)
  • Cabbage (1)
  • Kale (1)

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If you’re using a 3-GALLON CONTAINER:

Try even planting these large varieties:

  • Brussels Sprouts (1)
  • Cauliflower (1)

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Note: These varieties listed above are for Fall and Winter gardening.  So keep in mind that all these varieties tolerate the cold weather pretty well.  You don’t want to be planting pepper and tomatoes at this time of the year.  Trust me.  Been there.  Done that.

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MORE INFO: Check out Sources for Buying Non-GMO Seeds.  Ordering seeds online is easy to do and you get a  wider selection of things to choose from. Find out more here and see how you can Start Container Gardening and How to Use Self-Watering Containers

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No excuses.  You need to be growing at least one thing this season!

  • Aida

    Thank you for this article Mike, I swear you just read my mind. I was wondering if I could grow a crop for the Fall and Winter because I just sprouted some beets and carrot seeds for the first time, also an avocado seed. I’ve been growing tomato, green pepper, and Sweet basil seedlings all Summer too and although I’m having a few issues with them like leaves dropping, I’m not giving up. Can you give me some advice on the best organic fertilizers I can use to help stop the leaf dropping, I’d really appreciate it! :)

  • oldngrumpy

    If you’re handy with a sewing machine and have some landscape fabric you can make your own bags of 1,2,3 gal, or larger. Use a good potting mix and place them in pans so you can water multiple bags at once. Potting mix will draw up water to the roots and the plants will take what they need if you don’t add more than an inch or so at a time in the pan.

  • http://www.hasslefreechristmastree.co.uk/ Sven Jefferson

    Thanks for the tips. Guess I need to finally make my mind and try some container gardening. Is it okay to use 3-gallon containers and grow your suggested plant x3 in there?