Top 5 Vegetable Gardening Ideas for Busy People

By Ella Wilson | April 18, 2018
by Ella Wilson
April 18, 2018

Ella Wilson is the founder of, a blog devoted to all things gardening.

If you’re a bit short on time because of your busy schedule, there’s still a way for you to enjoy gardening. What you need are a little imagination and a little creativity for you to get started on your gardening escapade.

For a busy person, time is always a luxury. And when you have a passion for gardening, this might be a big conflict on your part. So what do you do to resolve this conflict of interest? That’s easy, just try one of these simple ideas for vegetable gardening.

To help you get back on your passion for gardening. We’ve gathered 5 of the best vegetable gardening ideas for busy people. You might find a gardening style that would fit your busy schedule on our list.

Basics of Vegetable Gardening

Before you begin your new gardening experience, let us first share with you some of the basic concepts of vegetable gardening. It’s important to know the basics because it will give you an idea of how you can grow your plants.

Sunlight is the Key

One of the most important nutrients that a plant needs is sunlight. We would like to emphasize this aspect. This is because most of the gardening ideas on this list involve indoor gardening. Which is why you’ll need to place your plant where there is plenty of light.

Be Mindful of the Type of Crop

Some of the ideas below involve low soil planting because of the small pots. Plant only what fits in your container and what crop can properly grow. Be mindful of the crops that you grow because you don’t want to replant a new crop every day.

Don’t Forget to Water Plants

Being busy is not a reason for you to not water plants! You might think that your unique way of gardening will save your plant from dying, but this is not the case. Your plants will still need the basic necessities of a regular plant care, which includes water.

Top 5 Vegetable Gardening Ideas for Busy People

  1. Hanging Baskets

The first idea on our list is the hanging baskets. This type of vegetable gardening is perfect for busy people because it requires little to no effort at all. The materials that you’ll need can be easily found in your home. Just get an empty basket and some soil and you’re good to go.

Hanging baskets can grow herbs and spices as well as small vegetables. One method that you can try involves planting the same type of vegetable in one basket. Plant only what you can grow in baskets because some types of the plant will not grow.

For this type of gardening, a large basket is preferred over a small one. Make it so that the basket you use is durable. If you want to plant herbs in your basket, make sure that you separate it from your vegetables. Just follow these simple tips and you’ll have a beautiful basket garden.

  1. Small Box Garden

Next on our list is the small box vegetable garden. The appearance of this vegetable garden is just like your raised beds. You can plant one type of vegetable in each box that you make. This unique style of gardening is perfect for those who are always busy.

The key feature of this style of gardening is that the boxes can be easily moved from one location to another. The downside to this is that you can only plant small vegetables. Vegetables like tomatoes and peas are highly recommended.

This kind of vegetable garden is ideal for busy people because it requires little maintenance. You can also plant vegetables that require little attention so that you wouldn’t have to worry about it. Play it safe and plant ground vegetables like potatoes and carrots.

  1. Gardening in Various Containers

This gardening style is perfect for those who are a little tight on space. Anything can be a plant pot if you put your imagination into action. You can transform one container in your home into a vegetable container. With this kind of gardening, you can put the plants anywhere you want.

A busy person has no time to make his or her own garden bed. That’s why by using different kinds of containers, you can save space and time while growing your favorite plants. You can try this method with different sizes of containers.

If you’re a busy person, a vegetable garden made out of containers might be for you. You can utilize the space of your home or apartment to make a small garden. Remember to place it in a location where the sunlight is good so that your plants will grow healthy without any problem.

  1. Pocket Plants

This type of gardening is like a combination of box gardening and basket gardening. Pocket plants is a method of gardening where you put a plant in a shoe box container. This lengthwise container will serve as your gardening pot. You can hang it on your windows or on other parts of your house.

This type of gardening works best if you have a window or small space to hang your pocket plants. You can also use the walls of your house to hang these plants. You can choose to plant vegetables that grow vines so that it will crawl into your wall or window.

Depending on the vegetable you plant, the container should be in proportion to the plant. This way the plant will grow healthier and free from harm. Look for a suitable place to grow your vegetables, place it on windows which have lots of sunlight.

  1. Fill Up a Window Box

The last style on our list is the window box. For a busy person, the last thing that you want to do is to go out to the garden every day. For a hustle free garden experience, all you need to do is to look out at your window.

A window box garden is a long pot where you plant your vegetables. You place it directly on your window and expose it to the sunlight and other elements. But because of the limited space, the vegetables you will grow is also limited.

For this style of gardening, choose a plant that would grow in a shallow soil. Vegetables like beans and herbs are the preferred crops to grow in this condition. You can also grow different kinds of spices in this kind of setup.


There are a lot of vegetable gardening ideas that you can try to fit your busy schedule. With a little research and a lot of imagination, you’ll be able to enjoy a different kind of gardening. Your creativity is the limit of your gardening skills.

So widen your knowledge by reading more guides and articles. These 5 ideas are just the tip of the iceberg. If you can’t seem to find the right one for you, you can always create your own method of farming.

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