What to grow

  • The easy way to grow lemon grass in containers 24 comments

    When you start to grow your own food, a nice surprise is that some ‘exotic’ plants turn out to be easier to grow than you might expect. Lemon grass is one.  A few years ago, I thought this only grew in the warmth of Thailand or Vietnam. The good news is that it also grows [...]

  • How to Grow Chillies in Containers 33 comments

    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 32 comments

    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 [...]

  • 49 ways to use mint (and how to grow it in containers) 26 comments

    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 [...]

  • Eight crops that are easy to grow, hard to buy 40 comments

    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 grow delicious fava bean shoots 43 comments

    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 [...]