Growing Soybeans (Edamame) in Containers

(Neighbor Nancy heaves a sigh of relief.)

Grab a cup of coffee and dig in.

Thanks to some friends, there seems to be a little flow in the mind of this blocked writer. Keep those questions coming and I’ll see what I can do.

And without further ado…

Soybeans for Container Gardeners

Although they seem to rarely be grown in the small garden or container garden, soybeans are a lovely choice. I think the soybean just needs a good public relations person.

As far as I know, nothing is more prolific than the soybean. Talk about bang for your buck. Wow! If you are trying to grow as much food as you can from containers, I urge you to give them a try.

Also, with fluttery leaves they make a pretty container plant. Since their final height is 2 to 3 feet, they kind of fill a visual gap in the container garden. Other plants stay smaller or get viney and longer.

“Envy” is a green soybean variety that is a nice tender “edamame” variety.

Due to the small root system, soybeans can be planted with a 2″spacing.

For example, an 8″pot can easily hold 6 plants.

As quick sprouters, they offer a little instant gratification in the will-it-grow department.

Like everything in the pea/bean family, I recommend soaking the seeds overnight. Dump out the water and give them a little rinse and drain. Let the seed sprout in a mason jar or whatever you have and then…very gently… plant the ones that sprouted.

This is a good practice for the apartment gardener, where ever seed counts. Plus, if your seeds come from a less than reputable source, you have a much better chance for success.

So, grab a little pack of super high protein green soybeans and dig in. You won’t be sorry.

Regular garden planting post to come. Along with using soybean, for crop rotation and adding nitrogen to your soil with an edible crop. We’ll even underplant them in the new orchard.

Hurray for delicious, prolific, little soybeans!


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  1. Thank you for the compliment of reblogging

  2. Reblogged this on Earth Loves and commented:
    Getting ready to plant some today!

  3. […] a few stakes and strings to keep my edamame upright.  I’ve also read that edamame is great for container gardens, so encourage your non-farming friends and relatives to also give it a try!  Growing edamame is […]

  4. hang in there…eventually I will find it…lol

  5. What template do you use in your site?

  6. Hey thanks for the recipe, I’ll give this a try, hoping my thumb turns green lol, thanks so much, I’ll be watching your blog for more! 😀

  7. Know what?! You can put just about any darn thing in a hanging basket. Edamame can stand a tight squeeze, too. Another cool thing about edamame is that the plant itself is rather pretty. The leaves are large and fluttery.
    However, they do need full light, so pick a nice bright spot for them. My best friend loves edamame in her little 3rd floor apartment….lots of bang for your buck, easy to care for, and such high yield for such a tiny space.
    College recipe: Make your favorite Ramen noodles, drain them, toss with a little olive oil and a handful of edamame. Delicious!

  8. I love soybeans of this variety, they’re great in salads, I am a vegetarian and it’s hard to find good and affordable edemame beans (or vegetarian alts) and I’m in college and have a small income with a small living space. Is is possible to have these little pots hanging so as to keep them off the floor (in case of spilling, accidental kicking, etc) or do they have to just sit in the window all the time? we live in a one bedroom apartment, so space is limited. Thanks and great blog!!


  9. […] Growing Soybeans (Edamame) in Containers […]

  10. Great post! I am going to be growing some edamame in my little container garden. Thank you so much for the tips!

  11. […] your own healthy low-calorie edamame is easy.  Here is one person’s discussion of growing soy bean plants in flower pots on their deck.  Of interesting note in this blog post: soybeans have small root systems and thus […]

  12. welcome back, neighbor nancy!

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