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In the blog, you’ll find tips on growing food in containers – what to grow, how to grow it, common challenges (and how to overcome them), how much it is possible to grow, and techniques to grow more. Use the drop down menu at the top to help you find what you want (or use the search bar at the side).

Orach microgreens © Clare Bowes
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How to grow Orach in containers

Red orach is a wonderful salad and leafy veg to grow in containers. It’s colourful, good to eat and grows tall, adding attractive height to …

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Twilight Chilli - ideal for a smaller pot on the windowsill - looks great, too.
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How to Grow Chillies in Containers – Introduction

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 …

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Six ways to grow more tomatoes in containers

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 …

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Runner beans add height and beauty to a small container garden. As well as lots of tasty beans.
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Growing runner beans in pots

  Runner beans are one of the most productive and pretty crops for containers – and an excellent choice for small spaces. Growing runner beans …

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How to grow courgettes / zucchini in containers

Courgettes / zucchini are productive and easy to grow in containers – and one plant will give you fruit for several weeks.  Homegrown, they are …

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How to grow lemon grass in containers

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 …

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