Updated: Nov 22, 2021
Isn't it challenging to try to decide which container is best for plants and at the same time look terrific in your yard or house? Mostly this is up to the individual for the decorating you may want to do. All you need to do is make sure you have enough soil volume for that specific plant. I'll add a short guide for some pot sizes for some vegetables. Except for carrots and other root vegetables, the container's depth is not essential as long as you have the right soil volume. Your container can be shallow as long as the volume is correct. With root vegetables, you will need the soil to have more depth.
This is a wonderful book to get you started with your container garden. It is loaded with information including soil mixes.
Large Containers for Gardening Vegetables
VIVOSUN 5-Pack 3 Gallon Plant Grow Bags, Premium Series Thickened Non-Woven Aeration Fabric pots w/Handles-Reinforced Weight Capacity & Extremely Durable
This 3-gallon grow bag is big enough to raise the larger vegetables or if you would like to produce several smaller vegetables together in the same pot. The fabric pots allow more airflow to keep the roots healthy. I was surprised at how strong the handles are. I picked up a bag full of damp soil, and the handles had no tears where they connect to the bag. Surprisingly strong. I don't know how the color will work in your yard, but they are not very attractive. Reusable for several years!
These are 5-gallon grow bags that are large enough for all vegetables, and they have excellent aeration and drainage. The fabric is very durable and reusable for several years! I don't particularly appreciate that the side folds over on top of the soil. That gets a little annoying. Other than that, these bags are great! They are not attractive in the landscape as well.
These pots are durable in hot and cold climates. There are big drainage holes, so your plants' roots don't rot. The color is good, in my opinion, but I'm sure it's not suitable for a beautiful landscape, but they are good, substantial pots with good drainage. The saucers are also made well, strong, and durable. Available in different sizes.
5-gallon buckets are an excellent choice for your container garden, as long as you are sure they are food grade like the buckets that I have listed here. The chemicals and dyes are different for nonfood-grade buckets, so I would advise only to use food-grade. These 5-gallon pails are solid and durable, with a handle for easy relocation. You can modify these pails the way you would like.
The downside is that it will be necessary to add drainage holes at the least. If you do not want to do any extra work for starting your garden, do not choose these. You will need a drill to add the drainage holes to these pails' bottom. One other advantage is to have the lid. You can cut a hole in the top and put it around your plants' stem, so you have a soil covering.
Here are some ideas to easily move your potted plants around
These plant caddies are great for moving plants around inside your home. Be sure the size is correct for the diameter of your pots. This caddy has an internal diameter of 10.6 inches. The wheels have a locking mechanism if you plan to leave your pot sitting on this caddy. They can withstand a weight capacity of 110 pounds.