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  • What to do in December 21 comments

    As we enter the dark, cold days of winter, you can still keep up your supply of fresh, highly nutritious food by moving some of your growing inside. With just two or three large jam jars for sprouts and four or five seed trays for leaves you can even be self sufficient in salad. The salad [...]

  • How to grow the best salads at the lowest cost 11 comments

    Good quality, fresh salad is expensive. The good news is that you can grow even higher quality, better flavoured salad at home in containers - all for a tiny fraction of the price (if you use recycled materials, almost free!). And by growing it at home, you can pick it fresh whenever you want it. Salad [...]

  • How much food can you grow in pots? 8 comments

    To show that it's possible to grow lots of food - even if you don't have a garden - I've been measuring the weight and value of the food grown in containers in our small concrete back yard in Newcastle, UK, from 1 May to 31 October this year. This continues the experiments I did [...]

  • What to do in November 7 comments

    As we descend into November, temperatures cool, days get shorter and light levels drop. Growth in the garden slows or grinds to a halt. This is a quieter month in the container garden, but there are still some useful jobs you can do. Care for winter crops. Get your wormery ready for winter. Sow broad beans [...]

  • The ONE thing you MUST do when starting a new container garden 3 comments

    One of the first things I did when I started growing food on my balcony was to spend a lot of time and effort building a huge container out of wood. I later discovered that the place I'd built it got less sun than anywhere else on the balcony. Big mistake! The lesson I learnt [...]

  • What to do in October 2 comments

    October is a time of change in the container garden. We say a fond farewell to our warm weather friends - the tomatoes, chillies, runner beans etc - and welcome in the cool weather crops like rocket and kale. Jobs for this month include Harvest warm weather crops. Protecting winter crops. Protecting tender herbs. Slug [...]