• 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 [...]

  • Four ways city growers can help save our rich seed diversity 14 comments

    In the last 100 years, 80% of the crop varieties in Europe - 75% in the World - have been lost. This is huge: we need a rich diversity of crop varieties for our future. Not just for the wonderful stories and diversity of flavours that each variety brings, but also for the genetic variety. [...]

  • What to do in January 12 comments

    As the days start to lengthen, January is a month of planning and anticipation for the new season. It's too early to sow seeds outside, but you can continue experimenting with sprouts and micro greens on your indoor window sills - see December. You might be surprised by how much you can grow inside in [...]