It’s really useful to grow vegetables in plant pots or window boxes, even if you have a garden you may not have enough room for vegetables.
There are other good reasons:
- containers can be moved into the sunniest spot, and most vegetables love sunshine,
- have the ones you use regularly, like salad, near the backdoor,
- they look wonderful, especially if you grow Chard with it’s jewel-like stems.
There are loads of different plants to choose from, start with some thing easy like rocket and other salad leaves if you’re a beginner.
Dwarf vegetable plants are perfect for this, Tumbling Tom tomato plants work well, and look wonderful, in hanging baskets.
Plants that climb, like runner or french beans have a small foot-print, just give them canes or some sort of structure to climb on. They add a nice vertical element and make a good screen should you be wanting a bit of privacy.
Chillies and peppers are perfect for pots too.
Choosing the right container:
Plant pots dry out quickly, especially in summer, so make sure it’s not too small.
Salads only need 6in/15cm of soil so troughs are ideal, bigger plants need a depth of at least 12in/30cm.
They’ll need watering daily when it’s warm, but drainage is essential, so make sure there are holes in the bottom of the container.
What soil to use
Garden soil is no good, it dries out too quickly, a mix of loam based compost (this is more like soil) and multi-purpose is light but holds on to moisture. Please avoid anything that has peat in it, peat is a vital habitat for a whole range of creatures, and is rapidly being depleted.
Here’s an earlier post about growing vegetables form seed.
all images: Jill Anderson