Vegetables in pots is a great way to extend your growing space; and as backyard homesteaders we are always looking for that! There are lots of vegetables that will grow fantastically in pots and other containers. And many of them are rather pretty so I love having them on my back porch or even at the front door.
Our main growing method is raised beds – which really is just a large container, if you think about it. But because our backyard farm is limited in space, I am always looking for ways to use every inch. Over the years I have tried lots of different containers. I started with using self-watering containers made with 5 gallon buckets. These worked pretty well but only in cooler months. Once the Phoenix heat gets going that plastic heats up too much for the growing roots. I also don’t care for all those orange buckets on my porch.
These days I use fabric pots in all sizes to grow my vegetables in pots (though I still have some standard pots around for cooler times). I have found these have many benefits: prevents root bound because the roots get air, and when not in use they are easy enough to fold up and put away. Not to mention, even when filled with soil, they are light enough to move as needed. I do recommend the black fabric over the tan if you want them to look…well less dirty.