What to do in July

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July is a month of lush growth and expectation in the container garden - with the best harvests of the year just round the corner. With luck, you might already be harvesting peas, courgettes, strawberries and beans now, along with the first tomatoes (cherry tomatoes are usually the first to ripen). If you want to keep [...]

How to Build a Basin Pond to attract wildlife

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Guest post By Adam Lee. Adam is a volunteer for UK Charity, Garden Organic’s, brilliant Master Gardener  programme (supporting people to grow food at home).   Basin Ponds made out of a washing up bowl are a simple wildlife friendly idea for small spaces. They are easy to install, cheap to make and encourage a variety of garden [...]

Eight crops that are easy to grow, hard to buy

The petals are edible, add a vibrant orange splash to any salad, and have a hint of tangerine flavour.

When you're growing in a small space, you want everything you grow to be special in some way. It might be beautiful, delicious, attractive to wildlife, or highly productive (ideally several of these!). I also like to grow a few things that are either impossible or very hard to find in the shops. You get [...]

How to make your own bokashi bin

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A big challenge of growing in containers is keeping the soil fertile without having to buy new bags of compost each year. Adding home made worm compost is one of my favourite solutions. But what if you don't have space for a wormery or you're not very fond of worms?  (Worm phobia is pretty common, I've [...]

How to make a bee home that really works

Bee and insect hotels made by Marta Zientek and Wojciech

If you've only got a tiny growing space in the city, is there anything you can do to help bees? The answer is yes! I met up with Kate Bradbury, BBC wildlife expert and author of the The Wildlife Gardener, to find out what you can do for bees in a small urban space like a balcony, a few window [...]

How to re-use old compost – ten useful ingredients

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Traditional gardening books often tell you to replace the compost or soil in your pots each year. But if you have more than just a few pots, emptying and refilling all your pots will be a time consuming, messy, difficult job. It will also be expensive. And it just seems a waste to throw it away. So a question [...]

How to grow delicious fava bean shoots

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It's not very well known, but one of the fastest, most productive and tastiest crops to grow in containers is fava bean shoots. They're super easy to grow, too. The shoots have a delicious fresh bean taste. They are lovely in salads or you can add them at the last minute to risottos or stir fries - use them in [...]