What to do in August

Zucchini flowers

August is one of the best months for harvests in the container garden. As well as salads and herbs, you may also be harvesting tomatoes, courgettes, and beans. In warmer parts, chillies, peppers and aubergines, too. It's also the time to sow seeds to give you a supply of green leaves throughout winter and early spring. Jobs to [...]

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

Frog

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

DIY Bokashi bucket

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

Biochar

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 [...]