Best Pots to Prevent Over Watering Your Plants

I like to grow my own vegetables, they taste so much better, but I don’t have have a yard anymore. The last time I tried the plants started to grow and then all died. It looks like their roots just fell apart for some reason. Can you recommend the best way to grow vegetables in containers? Thanks for your help.

 Hi Andy,
I really like a product called SmartPot. They are made of a fabric that doesn’t get ruined by rain, sun, or wind but is porous enough to release excess water. They also distribute the water evenly throughout the soil. In Smart Pots moisture moves by capillarity – going from wetter areas to drier areas throughout the pot. Even water distribution and good drainage should prevent root rot due to over-watering.

 Here is a list of SmartPot sizes for various vegetables. These are only recommendations. If you have the space and want to go BIG, choose a larger size Smart Pot. If you have a smaller space or don’t want a large plant, then go down a size or two.

7 Gallon Smart Pot – Garlic, Leeks, Shallots, Lettuce, Spinach, Arugula, Chard, Endive, Escarole, Basil, Parsley, Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano, Sage, Beans, Bok Choy, Kale, Peas, Parsnips, Small Annuals

10 Gallon Smart Pot – Peppers, Artichoke, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Strawberries, Onions, Beets, Turnips, Carrots, Radish, Patio Cucumbers, Patio Tomatoes, Larger Annuals

15 Gallon Smart Pot – Cucumbers, Potatoes, Summer Squash, Zucchini, Patty Pan, Crooked Neck, Eggplant, Tomatillos

20 Gallon Smart Pot – Tomatoes, Musk Melons, Water Melons, Pumpkins, Sweet Potatoes, Winter Squash, Acorn, Butternut, Hubbard