What to do in May

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May is a busy and fun month in the container garden: you can sow most crops directly outside now, seeds germinate more easily, and everything just grows! What you can sow now Other jobs for May Tying up peas. Making wigwams for runner beans Planting out, pinching out and supporting tomatoes Planning watering for the [...]

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 [...]

Six ways to grow more tomatoes in containers

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Tomatoes are the perfect crop for small spaces: rewarding, productive and delicious. Few people know more about growing tomatoes in containers than Nick Chenhall, tomato enthusiast and the man behind the excellent  Tomato Growing website. In the video below, Nick shares his six top tips to get a big crop of tasty tomatoes. Watch the video [...]