Plants - Root Requirements

Rain gutter gardening is putting plants in a container.  It is simple, strawberries do not require as much root room as a tomato plant.  But before we start talking about the size of pots we need, we need to figure out what we want to harvest. Gardening is a joy I wish to share with my grandsons. So....every year I ask my grandsons what they want to try. We add that to our list of carrots, beets, tomatos, onions, peas and zuchini. This year (2015) Dallas has asked to grow pickles. We had a good discussion about cucumbers and pickles.  After which he informed me we will growing pickles.  The joy of children.

Once we have a list of what we are going to grow then we consider the list of what size pot each plant needs.  Plus, we are firm believers in companion planting.  There are purists out there who only plant ONE plant PER pot.  That is not our way.  So against all the rules we plant a friend in pots that are large enough to handle the pair!

Shallow Rooting Plants 12" - 18"

  • Argula
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Chinese Cabbage
  • Corn
  • Endive
  • Garlic
  • Kohlrabi, Bok Choy
  • Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Leeks
  • Chives
  • Potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Spiniach
  • Strawberries

Medium Rooting  18" - 24"

  • Beans, dry
  • Beans, Pole
  • Beans, Snap
  • Beets
  • Cantaloupe
  • Carrots
  • Chard
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Kale
  • Peas
  • Peppers
  • Rutagagas
  • Squash, Summer
  • Turnips

Deep Rooting 24" - 36"+

  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Beans, Lima
  • Okra
  • Pansnips
  • Pumpkins
  • Rhubarb
  • Squash, Winter
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Tomatos
  • Watermelons