A Ton of Garden, A Tiny Space: Vegetables for the 6″ Container

Okay, science teachers, apartment dwellers and container gardeners, get those 6″ pots ready. You are gonna grow a feast.

Save money on pots by planting the big Ricotta cheese containers or other similar sized containers you have saved. Poke about 4 or 5 holes in the bottom with a nail for drainage and off you go!

Here are just a few…

Vegetables for the 6″pot

The number after the variety name refers to how many of that plant can go in your 6″ container. Have fun!

Beans, bush

  • Tender Crop — 3 or 4
  • Romano — 3 or 4


  • Ruby Queen — 4 or 5
  • Burpee’s Golden — 4 or 5
  • Little Mini Ball — 5 or 6


  • Tiny Sweet — 8 to 10
  • Baby Finger Nantes — 6 to 8
  • Planet — 8 to 10


  • Chinese — 4 or 5


  • Long Tom — 1
  • Classic — 1
  • Morden Midget — 1
  • Slim Jim — 1


  • Simpson — 4 or 6
  • Oakleaf — 6 or 10
  • Salad Bowl — 3 or 4
  • Ruby — 6 or 10

Hot Pepper

  • Hungarian Wax — 1


  • Champion — 6 or 8
  • Cherry Belle — 6 or 8

Swiss Chard

  • Rhubarb — 3 or 4
  • Fordhook Giant — 3 or 4

Cherry Tomato

  • Tiny Tim — 2 or 3
  • Pixie Hybrid — 1
  • Small Fry — 1

Well, I would love to tell you that my gardening knowledge is so vast that I dreamed all that up myself…

I swiped it without permission (Buh Bum!)

from: The Young Gardening Book by Lynn Ocone

Of course, she notes the source as “Cooperative Extension Service: The Ohio State University” — which is paid for by tax dollars. So, therefore, I feel no guilt.

(Neighbor Nancy straightens her apron and brushes her hand of the subject with an air of finality)

Take a peek at the freebie category on the right. There are several free seed offers, including tomatoes.


Find inspiration for little green thumbs with Essential Gardening Books for Kids

Check out other small space container ideas:

4″pot veggies

8-10″pot veggies

Hanging Basket Veggies

Big Bucket, Bushel Basket or Tub vegetables


Windowsill herbs


Join me, while I take a basket of warm muffins over to Edible Container Gardening in trade for any tips that I have missed.

Join me Friday afternoons for the latest edition of the Neighborly Advice weekend magazine. A few neighbors and I have gotten together to share some beginner articles on backyard livestock, preserving, cooking, baking, knitting, etc. Join the fun as we challenge you to learn a new skill.

Dig in and join the adventure!

What are you going to try?


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  1. Share away! that is what knowledge is for 😉

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  3. […] Neighbor Nancy talks about Vegetables for the 6? Container […]

  4. This is Great!
    I was actually paying a visit to your Make It From Scratch entry for this week, but I already know how to make strawberry jam – I was just being neighborly…
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  5. […] that not much other than greens would grow in my back yard. I got a little boost by a post here that listed a bunch of things one can grow in six inch pots. The sunniest part of my property is […]

  6. […] Muller presents A Ton of Garden, A Tiny Space: Vegetables for the 6″ Container posted at Recession Depression Therapy, saying, “Even the apartment dweller can grow a […]

  7. […] Muller presents A Ton of Garden, A Tiny Space: Vegetables for the 6″ Container posted at Recession Depression Therapy, saying, “It doesn’t get anymore local than the […]

  8. Hm… okay, you should be able to get way way more yield.
    There could be a bunch of problems so its a little hard to say. Could be light, soil fertility, lack of pollinators ( we actually had this problem a few years ago. ) over or under watering and on and on.

    The carrots might be getting to much nitrogen from the fertilizer… all green top no root growth… that’s the most common mistake… done it myself.

    My recommendation: call you county extension agent. Every county in the US has one. They are not just for farmers, in fact if you live in a city, this person may even specialize in container gardening, if you live in a city or county without much agriculture. These folks are fantastic resources that most gardeners don’t realize is available for ever citizen.
    My local guy usually says,” what are you seeing” or “can you bring it in” Try your favorite search engine. Enter (your county and state) plus the words ” county extension” maybe the word “agriculture” You may recognize the name of your state university. Give them a call. They will have booklets, info, free classes, etc.
    Good luck and let me know how it goes.

  9. Awesome tip! Veggies in a small space, and the pots cleverly recycle those plastic containers. And you could start these as seed indoors and stick them right outside. I want to try this.

    Two questions!

    One–how much yield from these tiny pots? With my apt deck garden, I get almost no yield from pots 2-3 times this size. Last year I got only two harvestable tomatoes, for instance. I planted baby watermelon in a huge 18-inch diameter barrel pot, and got one two-inch melon that never grew any bigger.

    Two–I can’t grow container carrots. No matter how “small” the variety or how long I wait after planting, pull up a green top and there’s nothing beneath. I use potting mix and feed occasionally. Any idea what I’m doing wrong?

  10. Too cool. I’ve printed this and plan to use it. I have lots of pots (I pick them up from the side of the road) and a lot of places to put them (the part of my property that gets the most hours of sun is my driveway going along the side of my house which I hate to dig up, but which I have no problem packing with pots and closing the privacy fence gate). I’ve been getting depressed thinking my backyard not-so-sunny areas probably won’t do so well. This post is heaven sent!

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  12. […] Muller presents A Ton of Garden, A Tiny Space: Vegetables for the 6″ Container posted at Recession Depression Therapy, saying, “Any sunny spot can grow a little food for […]

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