What to grow

  • 49 ways to use mint (and how to grow it in containers) 16 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 30 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 23 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 [...]

  • Six ways to grow more tomatoes in containers 21 comments

    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 28 comments

    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 35 comments

    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 [...]