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 [...]

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 [...]

Eight of the best herbs for containers

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Herbs are wonderful for containers. Few crops give you so much from so little space. Often just a few leaves can transform a dish. Many also have flowers that attract beneficial insects - bees love chive flowers for example and hoverflies love coriander flowers.If you like herbs and have space for a pot to two, [...]

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 [...]