What to do in March

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March is an exciting month in the container garden, winter is nearly over. As the days warm and lengthen, it's time to get your compost and containers ready to go. There is also lots you can sow this month. Having said that, for most crops there is no urgency, you still have plenty of time [...]

What you can grow in shady spaces

Chives, mint and parsley - growing quite happily on a north facing windowsill, further shaded by the side wall.

Lack of sun is one of the most common challenges you can face growing in a city. Surrounding buildings, walls, pylons and trees, can all conspire to cast shade on your growing space for much (or even all) of the day. The amount of sun you get is critical – it determines what crops you [...]

Four ways city growers can help save our rich seed diversity

A beautiful heritage variety of bean, 'black and white'. French beans, like tomatoes, are another easy crop to save seeds from in small spaces.

In the last 100 years, 80% of the crop varieties in Europe - 75% in the World - have been lost. This is huge: we need a rich diversity of crop varieties for our future. Not just for the wonderful stories and diversity of flavours that each variety brings, but also for the genetic variety. [...]

What to do in January

Salad harvested from my containers in January.

As the days start to lengthen, January is all about anticipation and planning for the new season. It's too early to sow seeds outside (even in the unseasonably warm weather this year here in the UK), but you can continue experimenting with sprouts and micro greens on your indoor window sills - see December. You [...]

Why its great when things don’t work out

With regular patrols it usually not difficult to keep on top of slugs in the container garden, but if you forget.....

Do you sometimes look at all those images of lush containers on Pinterest and Facebook and wonder why your own containers are, um, not quite so perfect? Of course, unlike on Pinterest, in the real world, lettuces DO (almost always) get eaten by slugs, seeds DO often fail to germinate, and tomatoes DO regularly get [...]

What to do in December

Even in December, through a mix of sprouting, shooting and outdoor growing, you can enjoy a different salad most days of the week.

As we enter the dark, cold days of winter, you can still keep up your supply of fresh, highly nutritious food by moving some of your growing inside. With just two or three large jam jars for sprouts and four or five seed trays for leaves you can even be self sufficient in salad. The salad [...]

How to grow the best salads at the lowest cost

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Good quality, fresh salad is expensive. The good news is that you can grow even higher quality, better flavoured salad at home in containers - all for a tiny fraction of the price (if you use recycled materials, almost free!). And by growing it at home, you can pick it fresh whenever you want it. Salad [...]