Tue. Dec 5th, 2023

Growing high-calorie foods in containers is an excellent way to maximize limited space, especially for urban gardeners or those with small outdoor areas.  Growing in containers is useful if you believe you might be needing to bug out quickly – it is much easier to transport your vegetable garden when it is growing in containers rather than trying to transplant crops that are growing in the ground.

Container gardening also offers a practical solution for those with limited space or challenging growing conditions, especially since you don’t need to worry about the soil type or other problems with the land, allowing them to cultivate their own fresh produce in urban environments or small outdoor areas.

By focusing on high-calorie foods, container gardeners can maximize their harvest’s nutritional value and make the most of their available space. In this article, we will explore a selection of calorie-dense crops that can be successfully grown in containers, providing a sustainable source of nourishment and enjoyment for those with limited gardening space.

Here is a list of calorie-dense crops that can be successfully grown in containers:


Both white and sweet potatoes can be grown in deep containers, such as fabric grow bags, large pots, or specialty potato planters. They are calorie-rich, versatile, and relatively easy to grow.  They can also be grown in layers to maximize production.


Carrots thrive in containers with well-draining soil, and there are even short varieties specifically bred for container gardening.  Plus carrots need minimal space surrounding each side, allowing you to plant a larger quantity in a container. They are calorie-dense and nutrient-rich.


Both bush and pole beans can be grown in containers, provided they have adequate support. Beans are high in calories, protein, and fiber, making them a valuable addition to a container garden.  Staking the container early will provide the growing support beans need without damaging the plant in the container if you try and add it later once the plant really needs it.


Dwarf or compact pea varieties can be grown in containers with some support. Peas are calorie-dense, high in protein, and provide a good amount of fiber.  Again, stake the plant early for optimal growing.


Beets can be grown in containers with sufficient depth to accommodate their roots. They are calorie-rich and can be used in various dishes.


Although not as calorie-dense as some other crops, tomatoes are still a popular choice for container gardening due to their versatility and taste. Choose dwarf or determinate varieties for the best results in containers.


Both sweet and hot peppers can be grown in containers, and they contribute a modest number of calories along with flavor and vitamins to your diet.


Dwarf or compact eggplant varieties can be grown in containers, providing a calorie-dense, versatile vegetable for your garden.

Swiss chard

While leafy greens are generally lower in calories, Swiss chard can still provide some energy, along with a host of vitamins and minerals (including vitamin A, vitamin K and a good source of both vitamin C and magnesium). It is well-suited for container gardening.


Although herbs are not calorie-dense, they can add flavor and nutrition to your calorie-rich container-grown vegetables.  Some herbs also have helpful medicinal properties, such as herbal remedies for things such as headaches as well as providing some essential nutrients.  Some popular herbs for container gardening include basil, parsley, cilantro, and mint.

When growing calorie-dense crops in containers, ensure you use high-quality potting mix, provide adequate drainage, and place the containers in a location with sufficient sunlight. Regular watering and feeding with a balanced fertilizer are also crucial for successful container gardening.

Growing high-calorie foods in containers is a viable and rewarding approach to urban or small-scale gardening. It also gives you practice gardening if you don’t regularly live in your bug out location as well as the ability to easily relocate your garden if you need to move to a bug out property or other location.

By selecting calorie-dense crops that are well-suited to container cultivation, you can enjoy a diverse range of fresh, homegrown produce even in limited spaces. Proper care, including the use of quality potting mix, adequate drainage, sufficient sunlight, and regular watering and feeding, is essential for successful container gardening. By incorporating these calorie-rich crops into your container garden, you can make the most of your available space and enjoy the benefits of nutritious, homegrown food in an emergency.

By Survivalist Chick

Prepping in the Pacific Northwest while sharing my trips and tricks with other women who are doing it all on their own.