Growing your own food is easy, regardless of whether you’ve got an expansive backyard or just a simple fire escape that can hold a few plants. There’s really no excuse not to at least try to grow something, unless maybe you’re like me and you know that after about two weeks you will forget about the poor plant you left on your fire escape. (But, hey, even I’ve at least tried growing things!) Some fruits and vegetables can easily be grown in small pots, saving you space, time, and a huge potential mess. Not to mention you will get to reap the benefits of fresh fruits almost year round if you have the window space to bring your pots inside for the winter. OK, bring on the (container) fruit!
Strawberries can grow really well in containers even though they’re often known as serious space hogs. They are also one of a few fruits that thrive indoors, so you can grow them year round. Sounds berry delicious! OK, I’ll stop right now. Anyways, they need a sunny spot near a window or artificial sunlight, according to DIY & Crafts. You’ll also need to choose a specific type of strawberry to grow. If you plan on growing them indoors for most or part of the year, then the everbearer red alpine strawberries are your best bet, according to Do It Yourself. If you want to grow them outside for most of the year, then you should call up a local greenhouse and ask them what will grow best given the climate of your area. You’ll need a pot or hanging basket between 16 and 18 inches. If you keep your strawberries inside then you can plant them at any time of the year. If you want to keep them outside, plant them in the early spring if you live in a colder climate and in the fall if you live in a warmer climate. Water them regularly and apply fertilizer about three times per year, and harvest (eat them!) as soon as they start to produce to make room for new plants, according to Organic Life.
This one really flabbergasted me. Like, pineapple in a pot—how tropical and awesome is that? You can even grow it if you don’t live in a tropical area. All you have to do is cut off the crown (the green pokey part that looks like Spike’s hair in Buffy The Vampire Slayer) of a fresh pineapple and soak it for about a day in water so it will soak up the moisture. Then, you can plant it in a gallon-sized container and put it in a warmer, pretty sunny spot inside or outside. If it’s warm, you should certainly grow the pineapple outside—just be sure to bring it in at night if the temperature drops. Pineapple are the ideal plant for lazy or forgetful people (*raises hand*) because they don’t need a lot of water or any kind of special soil (unlike the more high maintenance strawberries).
Apparently you can grow yourself a jungle of cantaloupe-y goodness with just a few large pots or containers. I’m not sure why you would want a jungle of cantaloupe, but you never know? Smaller plants that produce smaller melons are a good choice if you don’t have a lot of space, but if you’re have a back deck or porch then go big or go home. Cantaloupe will grow out in vines, though, so if you’re growing bigger plants you will need bean poles or some kind of support system to help hold them up. Cantaloupe are also a bit pickier than pineapple in that they require a lot of heat to help the seeds germinate. Some people will use heating blankets or mats to help the seeds stay between 80 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the seeds germinate (some little green part pushes through the seed), you can transport the containers outside or just to a generally sunny area.