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 [...]

My experimental container garden (and front yard larder!)

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What can you grow to eat in containers on a concrete, north facing (and windy) front yard? I’ll be finding out at my new (ish) home, in Newcastle, North England. And blogging here about what grows (and what doesn’t), how me and my family eat it, the rewards and challenges - and how it changes the way we eat and [...]

How to Grow Chillies in Containers

Twilight Chilli - ideal for a smaller pot on the windowsill - looks great, too.

Chillies grow very well in containers - but they do have some specific needs. To discover the 'tricks of the trade', I met up with (and filmed) professional chilli grower, Steve Waters. Few other plants can match chillies for 'flavour for space' ratio. One plant will often give you a hundred chillies or more. So all but the most dedicated [...]

How to grow oyster mushrooms at home

Home grown pink oyster mushroom.

Have you ever wondered if there’s an easy way to grow mushrooms at home -  without needing to buy a new kit each time? To find out, I went to visit mushroom expert, Ivan Lucas, who runs Mushroom Box. Ivan explained that the choice of the mushroom you grow is critical to success. The easiest are the [...]

Five unusual and exciting salads

Mixed salad with society garlic flowers.

What's your favourite crop to grow in containers?  Impossible to chose perhaps, but salad would be well up there for me. It's so easy and quick to grow, tastes incredible when freshly picked, and you can enjoy a diversity of flavours and colours that money can’t buy. Favourite salad leaves that I grow every year [...]

49 ways to use mint (and how to grow it in containers)

Mint: easy to grow in containers and so versatile.

How would you use a surplus of mint? I asked the question on the Vertical Veg Facebook page.  More people responded than ever - and with so many delicious, fun and creative ideas. Here are some of the best (thanks to all of you who contributed!). Mint is a brilliant and easy crops to grow [...]

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 [...]