5 Great Vegetable Planters For Patios & Balconies

There is typically a huge misconception with vegetable gardening that a person needs a huge yard in order to grow their own fresh foods. Those living in urban areas cannot say they don't have room for a vegetable garden any more. Anyone living in an apartment or condo can still grow awesome vegetables right on their patios or balconies. The increased interest in growing vegetables has led the way for some very innovative and useful vegetable gardening products to accommodate urban gardening - especially using container gardening. Here are five vegetable planters you can use to grow great vegetables in small spaces.

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The EarthBox

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The EarthBox Garden Kit is a super easy-to-use container gardening kit that features wheels for easy mobility, and takes just a few minutes to set up. It comes with everything you need to quickly grow great vegetables, including fertilizer, domolite and two germination covers. Just add potting soil and your favorite vegetable plants.

Garden Path Grow Box

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The Garden Patch Grow Box is similar to the Eartbox and will automatically feed and water your vegetable plants. All you have to do after the initial set up is plant and pick your favorite vegetables.

Mini-Garden Stacker

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The Mini-Garden Stacker is the perfect way to grow a fantastic herb garden on a patio, deck, or balcony – you can even use it indoors! It features nine pockets to hold herbs or flowers, is self-watering, and collapses for easy storage! Now you have an attractive, easy-to-care for herb garden almost any where. You can even hang the Mini-Garden Stacker up, which makes a great looking hanging basket that’s easy to reach.

Tomato and Vegetable Tower

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The Tomato and Vegetable Tower is a fantastic way for growing tomatoes and other vegetables on a patio or balcony. If growing tomatoes or vining vegetables, grow them upside down in the tower. For lettuces or peppers, grow them right-side up in the tower. The tower is self-watering and will be a nice looking addition to any patio.

Tomato Grow Bags

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The Tomato Grow Bags are gaining popularity as one of the preferred ways to easily grow tomatoes without any weeding or digging. The grow bags are porous so the plant roots can breathe and to allow for water drainage. Each bag holds about 15 gallons of soil and can accommodate two tomato plants.

There are no excuses for not growing vegetables on your patio or balcony now! Using these five planters will have you growing delicious, fresh vegetables all season long. If you live in an apartment or condo, try one of these great container garden solutions today!

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60 Comments on 5 Great Vegetable Planters For Patios & Balconies

  1. I think I’ll take your advice and use Grow Bags too for my vegetables, we don’t have a huge yard either, and my mom really wants to have plant some vegetables too.

  2. The tomatoe and vegetable tower is a new one on me. I was thinking fo getting that instead of the upside-down hanging tomatoe planter. Looks elegant.

  3. great site for gardeners, been a rose lover and grower and now getting into some vegetable growing so look forward to more tips here!

  4. My husband and I have been talking about starting a garden for a couple of years now. This spring, I took the initiative to get a seed starter and start some vegetables and herbs. We ended up never breaking ground, so we have a container garden on our deck. It is doing really well!

    I found some good finds at some garage sales where I picked up deck boxes, barrels and wire baskets for next to nothing. It is the most successful garden we have ever had and the kids love it! I highly recommend container gardening. It can be quite simple to very involved. What ever works for you!

  5. Hi from Italy,
    unfortunately self-watering containers are way too much expensive in my Town, so I found a simple DIY solution (download a tutorial here).
    And now I am growing vegs myself!
    Mallo2011

  6. I have 2 Earthboxes that I used for the first time last year. I have a small condo balcony in Denver and I got the most beautiful tomatoes, and more than I knew what to do with! Super easy, kits contain all you need. Go to their website and check em out. I highly recommend the Earthbox.

  7. We have had too much rain so we have that powdery mildew on melons and squash.  Bugs on tomatoes that look like stink bugs and sting the tomatoes and ruin them.  That Bayer fruit and veggie spray got rid of them in one application.  Ants are everywhere.  And recently started losing pepper plants with a white fungus around the base of stem.  Maybe more info than you asked for.  I am in zone 8, southeast part of Texas.

  8. Leaf miners love my tomatoes and white fly gets the plumeria and areca palms.  Rust gets the pikake and black spot gets the sunflowers.  I haven't determined what is getting the gardenia or the lantana, I think there are at least two different things at work but I'm treating them with neem oil and the jury is still out.  Slugs and snails aren't a problem only because I'm container gardening.  Oh yeah, the birds get the papaya if some weird disease doesn't get them first.  It's a jungle out there.

  9. Flea beetles are the most evil thing! The last couple of years I've managed to protect my arugula and other brassicas with row cover when they're small but somehow, despite having the entire edge buried, my tatsoi, bok choy, arugula, chinese cabbage…ALL turned into ugly lace by the little buggers. I've heard they're less of a problem in the fall and I hope that's true because I didn't get squat out of those crops so I'll be trying again this fall. Stupid bugs! (Can you tell I don't like them? ;))

  10. I HATE white flies!!!  It's almost impossible to get rid of them.

  11. Slugs. Snails.

    Pie tin full of Schlitz seems to take care of them, also a bit of copper tubing/strap laid around the seedlings really helps. Have to stay after it though, they are pernicious and prevalent here.

  12. slugs. beer is sort of keeping them at bay, but I might have to try that copper tubing trick mentioned by nukeday around my purple beans. they are stunting their growth.

    I also have a mystery diner…and by diner I mean something has figured out a way around my chicken wire fence and ate all of my spinach…I protected my kale and it got wiped out today, my swiss chard has been munched on, and my parsley must have been dessert. The parsley wasn't touched when it was in the front yard. And the kale was left alone for a good 2 weeks. :\

  13. Grasshoppers!!  So far we haven't had too many but I know near the end of July we will be swarming with them.  I really am not sure what the best way to deal with them is.

  14. not much yet, did see some nibbles on my peas by deer, I see the deer every day out with the other animals just munching away on stuff. I can get with in 10 feet of the deer at my house and they just kinda wander off slowly. I am guessing my place is a safe haven for the deer and they feel no threat from me. they never wipe out the garden just a nibble here and there. It is almost time to start letting my chickens do some free ranging again to help control bugs. just a couple more weeks of growth is needed on the garden plants then the chickens get to get busy.:)

  15. During my cool weather crop: slugs, snails, & flea beetles-even with row covers & an organic spray applied. Now my warm weather crop: aphids & still some flea beetles & some kind of "funky Alice in Wonderland Red Horned Massive Eating Machine" 😛 that took out my new potato leaves & stems in one day. It was as long & as round as my middle finger…may it rest in peace.

  16. My midnight diners were discoverred after I put in a motion detector light, then I set a trap and took 2 possum for a long trip in the woods.

  17. did some further investigation on what could be feasting on my greens…chipmunks. my nemesis this season. they are way too clever. they found a weak spot in my chicken wire, tunneled under it and wedged themselves up between the chicken wire and the raisedbed boards. I have added yet more staples to the chicken wire and hopefully this will be the end of their meals. they should be full at this point anyway, little gluttons.

    I have also noticed a bit of powdery mildew/mold cropping up on my squash plants. I had this problem last year and didn't get it under control fast enough. Spraying milk does seem to work.

  18. slugs. beer is sort of keeping them at bay, but I might have to try that copper tubing trick mentioned by nukeday around my purple beans. they are stunting their growth.

    I also have a mystery diner…and by diner I mean something has figured out a way around my chicken wire fence and ate all of my spinach…I protected my kale and it got wiped out today, my swiss chard has been munched on, and my parsley must have been dessert. The parsley wasn't touched when it was in the front yard. And the kale was left alone for a good 2 weeks. :\

    ^^I had the worst case of potato bugs last year. I couldn't put anything in the ground without them munching on the stem. I did manage to fix the problem with beer.

    This year, however, has been all about slugs. My son has a pet turtle that enjoyed feasting on them. I put some food grade diatomaceous earth in those hard to reach places and it did the trick. Yep. I think the D.E. will be my 'go to' pest problem solver.

  19. stink bugs on my tomatoes but i have managed to control them with soapy water

  20. squirrels have been having fun with my topsy turvy strawberry experiment.  I've scared an opossum one night.  And something attacked my pepper seedlings but I haven't had any trouble with them for a few weeks and they are fruiting.

  21. For me it's been squash bugs. Last year they literally killed all my squash. This year I planted some marigolds in among my squash and other veggie's and so far it seems to have solved my problem, not only with the squash bugs but also it's brought some more butterflies and bees around 🙂

  22. Vine borers have taken out 3 of my 7 squash plants.  Looks like 2 more are about to die.  Luckily I have a long growing season and have started more seedlings.  Think I will keep these under cover and hand pollinate – what a pain.

  23. West TN.   Tobacco horn worms on tomatoes.  Pick them off and stomp them!

  24. Squirrels are my biggest pest right now…not so much stealing vegetables, but digging holes in the garden…uprooting beets, onions, and radishes.  I come home from work and find any number of holes in the ground.  I'm just lucky they haven't taken out a tomato plant yet.  This is the first year I've experienced this, so I know what the squirrels smell or why they're digging, but it's becoming a real pain. 🙁

  25. If this were in my garden I'd suspect groundhogs. They can climb.

  26. FIRE ANTS!!!! they are all around my garden!! HELP!! tried gas,fireant killer,borax n sugar mixed !!! help!!

  27. So far, so good this year. But it could change overnight. In years past, groundhogs. Even though I have a four foot high fence that's also underground 2 feet. Groundhogs can climb, and babies can fit through the small openings. Last year I had loose chickenwire attached to the top of the fence that bends outward. Supposedly this discourages them b/c they can't negotiate the bendy, loose wire. We had way too much rain this month – 9 inches in the first week of June, so that meant a bit of rot of seedlings and seeds. But it's been drier since and things have started to grow. Still, lately we get really heavy downpours instead of nice steady rains, and this is hard on the gardens. The other thing that I have never been able to deal with is the early blight on tomatoes. My garden isn't big enough to constantly rotate them, plus parts are too shady for tomatoes.  I try my best with a heavy mulch of hay to prevent, as much as possible, splashing on plants from rain (the blight lives in the soil), and this year I'm also spraying with neem. We'll see what happens.

  28. Grasshoppers by the hundreds. Itty, bitty brown ones. The cat can't eat them fast enough. No bug sprays for me; I'm working on enriching the soil of my raised planter beds. So far I'm staying on top of the tomato worm problem. I'm getting better at finding them while they are still little. I prefer to drown them in a container of water rather than stomp them.

  29. Here we have Stink bugs, haven't seen any rabbits yet or ground hogs not sure what they eat. But i think cabbage bores are after my cabbage, holes in leaves everywhere.

  30. Ground hogs. They love watermelon plants, cucumbers and okra.  Hard to trap and travel for many miles.

  31. Birds…will eat holes in tomatoes and strawberries. I had to enclose entire raised 8×12 🙂 bed with shade netting. Ampids hit my radishes. Tomatoes split due to rain and hot weather.

  32. :mad:Squash beetles!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. Big green fat tomatoes worms. They eat and eat until they're 3" long and your plants look like twig trees. You have to check the plants every morning (best to look for them by lying down under the plant and looking up). I squash them! (this gives me a little too much pleasure) Wonder if they're good as fish bait?

  34. I have noticed that my garden has been invaded by a few gophers. They have already taken out TWO of my roma tomato plants! We do have a couple of outdoor cats..and one did catch a make a meal out of the gopher. But this morning when I went to check on my garden was when I noticed the second roma had been killed by one of these gophers. Is there a way to rid my garden of these destroyers without using poison? I wouldn't want anything to happen to our cats, and unfortunately our cats haven't been able to catch them all. So any suggestions?

  35. Squirrels. My garden is along a privacy fence and they crawl into garden using the fence. Any ideas on how to keep these tree rats out?

  36. I have been having lots of grasshopppers as well..of all sizes. The only cure I have found is I let the chickens go after them 🙂

  37. hi i am a first year gardener…for me it was cut worm…i planted 50 bean seeds and they cut 48…so i re-planted with rings around them and most of them came up….i love all the little tricks i am learning as i go..thank you gardeners.

  38. FIRE ANTS!!!! they are all around my garden!! HELP!! tried gas,fireant killer,borax n sugar mixed !!! help!!

    Try diatomaceous earth.  Worked for my (not fire) ants. Make solid lines with it so they have to cross it to get where they are going.

  39. I have been having lots of grasshopppers as well..of all sizes. The only cure I have found is I let the chickens go after them 🙂

    I have chickens but need to fence around my plants so they don't dig them up or eat them!

  40. I HATE white flies!!!  It's almost impossible to get rid of them.

    I have been very successful with lady bugs to eat the white fly.  Buy them in a little box of several hundred at a garden center (Armstrong's here).  Release them in early evening after 20 minutes in the refrigerator.  Then when they get out of the container they don't all just fly away.

  41. This lately. Have no idea what it is!

  42. I have chickens but need to fence around my plants so they don't dig them up or eat them!

    I have also tried the Veggie Gardner's organic pesticide and it seems to help too. I also have a fence around my garden so they don't dig  up my plants at this time but the hoppers in our area come from the fields and hop into our yard so they're able to grab them and eat them outside of my garden area. I also have my son do a grasshopper round up and give them to the chickens while the chickens are in their coop..that method works very well plus it gives my son the chance to help out with the garden 🙂

  43. This lately. Have no idea what it is!

    I have never seen these before in my garden..when you find out what they are I would like to know..

  44. Got snails and slugs eating any new shoots before they even grow..

  45. I just defeated the potato bugs with peppermint oil, but it doesn't seem to work on the Japanese Beetles.

  46. Japanese beetles and earwigs. What is the best way to get rid of the beetles?

  47. Squash bugs.  They have gotten a foot hold in my garden, I've lost a pumpkin plant and 3/4 of my zucchini plants.  I've picked the eggs (bottom of the leaves) and sprayed all that I have seen with soapy water (which kills them).  All that and they still are winning the battle.  I spotted a couple on my cukes as well.  Last year I only got one cuke before they killed the plants.

  48. I am battling some ants which are killing my Chia plants by stealing the top leaves from the plants which are over my head now.  They have ruined over a third of my test plot.  I have tried Diatomaceous Earth, which only slows them a bit, Terro from Home Depot, which is sugar and borax.  The Terro is supposed to be weak enough so that it doesn't kill them until they carry the syrup back to the colony, but it kills them right there.  I have dug around to try to find the queen, but only find all the grubs they are also saving.  I have seen them gang up on a June bug to drag it to their nest!  I will save some of them today in a plastic baggy and freeze them, to identify what ants they are.  If anyone has organic suggestions, please let me know.

  49. Big pest and little pest

    What is the most difficult pest you deal with in your garden? I know this will vary by region, but I'd like to hear what people are having the most trouble with.

    My big pest is blacktail deer, but I have solved that by tying my labrador retreiver on a run cable next to my garden. My little pest is cucumber beetles,, and I am still researching a solution for permantly ending their appetites.

  50. Japanese Beetles….   I hate them.  I sprayed my whole yard with a product by Bayer that I bought at Stein's and put out a bag and that seemed to help.

  51. had to put the chickens back on lock down they where getting a little over kill on my beet greens. plus I planted my second crop of peas for this year.

  52. The best way that I have found to take care of squash bugs is to plant marigolds among the squash. They attract the right type of bugs that kill squash bug eggs and eat on the squash bugs. I have not had a problem with them at all since doing this. I have had an abundance of zucchini's every time. Try it!

    Squash bugs.  They have gotten a foot hold in my garden, I've lost a pumpkin plant and 3/4 of my zucchini plants.  I've picked the eggs (bottom of the leaves) and sprayed all that I have seen with soapy water (which kills them).  All that and they still are winning the battle.  I spotted a couple on my cukes as well.  Last year I only got one cuke before they killed the plants.

  53. ok so I caught bamby and her sister pulling up my carrots this morning. ordering a motion sensitive sprinkler for the garden now. Had to yell at hubby to scare the deer out of the garden, they are not fearful of us I can walk to with in 10 feet of any deer that comes on the property. I don't feed them they tend to steal food from the horses, donkeys,barn and my garden.

  54. I HATE white flies!!!  It's almost impossible to get rid of them.

    Use worm castings around the plants.  It will take time once infested but it works.  It causes a chemical reaction that repels the white flies.  Check out the research.Y

  55. squash vine borers kill everything we love. I've injected the stems with BT, cut out the worms, buried the stems with dirt, I think I hve done everything. Next year everything will be covered with row cover, but what about the bugs hatching inside? I want my pumpkins.

  56. nematodes for next years garden should help wonders with any pests that live in the soil. I use them every year and my root crops and plants never suffer from grubs killing them or eating them.

  57. Grasshoppers and mayflies,They annoy you the most than anyone else…

  58. I HATE white flies!!!  It's almost impossible to get rid of them.

    I cannot find any means to get rid of white flies without using harsh chemicals that will effect the food we eat out of the greenhouse.  Does anyone have a safe method of getting rid of them.  Also aphids.  They are a nightmare.

  59. have you put lady bugs and praying mantis in your green house or using a trap crop such as nasturtiums? my nasturtiums took a beating this year with the aphids but kept them off my other crops for the most part. It was a crazy year for aphids and white flies.  but adding these things to your green house should help.

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