DIY projects

  • How to make a genuinely ‘self-watering’ container garden 58 comments

    If you're looking for a highly productive and elegant growing system that is genuinely 'self watering', this system from Canada is brilliant!  I've graded it 'Harder' because you need a few specialist tools and some practical DIY skills. But anyone who's happy to tackle simple carpentry or plumbing jobs at home - and has a [...]

  • How to make your own wormery 149 comments

    A wormery will recycle your waste food to make a superb fertiliser for your crops and a living soil in your containers. Wormeries are perfect for small spaces: they're small, don''t smell and make compost faster than conventional composters. You can either buy one (in the UK many councils offer them at discounted prices) or it [...]

  • Evidence that self-watering containers are GREAT 10 comments

    While planning the new growing season, I think back to learning from last year, and what might be useful to you if you are growing in containers. My most successful experiment in 2010 was the self-watering containers. The marrow below was grown in one and is included here as (unscientific) evidence in their favour - [...]

  • Containers with water reservoirs 3 comments

    Containers with water reserviors have two big advantages over conventional containers: they need less frequent watering and they produce higher yields. 'Self watering containers' - as they are also known - have been used widely for food growing in the US and Canada for several years.  ('Self watering' is a bit misleading as they still [...]

  • The pea shooter: for healthy eating and keen cooks 12 comments

    Pea Shoots and bean shoots Has the day of the humble pea shoot arrived? Plucked from recent obscurity their tendrils are spreading fast - like in Nigel Slater's recipes, Hugh Fearnley's recipes and BBC 2's Edible Garden programme. For the city grower lacking time and space, this is all a good thing. The pea shoot [...]