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Vegetables for Containers and Up Trellises

My veg garden in mid-summer 2010.

Vegetables to Grow in Containers

As a still-new-to-all-this vegetable gardener whose only good space to grow them is on the deck, I need help choosing the best varieties to grow in containers.   Fortunately Marian Parsley, Behnkes’  buyer of annuals (including all vegetables), had some tips for me.


All varieties grow well in containers, but especially Black beauty, Sweet Slice, Burpless, bush types, and pickling types.


All varieties can be grown in containers.


Most can be grown in containers but Marian does have some favorites for pots: Patio, Heartland, Santa, Juliet, Roma, Jet Star, Rutgers, Yellow Pear, Celebrity, and Husky Red.


Crookneck, Spagetti, Acorn, Straightneck Zucchini, Black Beauty, Aristocrat, Sundance, Cream of the Crop, Patty Pan, and Gold Rush.

“Don’t forget onions, pole beans and lettuce”

Those are Marian’s parting words on the subject of which vegetables to grow in containers.  Okay!

Vegetables to Grow Vertically

Marian rattled off some pretty darn good reasons to trellis, or “garden vertically”.

  • Keeps produce off the ground
  • Reduces exposure to pests and diseases
  • Makes it easy to find and pick when it comes to harvesting
  • Helps gardeners achieve double or even triple the amount of produce for a given space.

Natural climbers will benefit from trellising, and Marian offered these examples.


Super Sweet 100, Sweet Million, pear-type, such as Yellow Pear, Big Boy, Brandywine, Early Girl.  And all indeterminate type.

Melon on a trellis.


Spaghetti, crookneck, zucchini and acorn.


Pickling types, slicing types, burpless types and Armenian.


Small ones!

by Susan Harris

Melon photo by Colin Purrington.


Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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