Containers are very useful if you
have limited outside space. It is amazing how much can be grown in a few
pots or even a couple of growbags! Make sure your containers are large
enough for plants to grow and choose a spot which gets plenty of natural
light and has good drainage. Also position containers away from play areas
and ensure they are heavy enough not to get knocked over.
Almost anything! Strawberries, potatoes, broad beans, carrots, leeks,
onion, radish, runner beans, salad leaves, herbs, tomatoes, peppers or
cucumbers to mention just a few. Check out our Know
pages for suitable planting times. Decide what you are going
to grow and then work out which containers would be most suitable.
Seeds can be started off in trays before moving into their permanent containers.
When planting up, supplies of labels
are essential. Tall growing plants which need a lot of support will need
stakes while runner beans grow well up a cone
barrel is ideal for growing strawberries. Fill it with compost
mixed with water
retaining gel and plant the strawberries through the holes in the
pot. The strawberries will be encouraged to grow downwards, making picking
For potatoes why not try a spud
tub. Lightweight yet solid, you slot it together and fill with soil.
If using for potatoes, fill half way with compost then add the tubers.
As the tubers grow, earth them up by adding more compost until the top
is reached. The tub can be used for other deep rooted crops such as
Tom pots are ideal for runner beans, salad leaves, herbs and tomatoes
whilst a growbag is great for planting tomatoes too as well as peppers
Growbags need special attention before planting. Give them a good shake
before using to plump up the compost. They can get dry very quickly
- add water
retaining gel. Use grow
bag watering pots or watering
spikes to provide a water reservoir. Ring
pots will be useful when growing tomatoes as they allow accurate
watering and feeding. An extra bonus is the fact that they discourage
slugs from eating young plants. Copper
tape stretched round pots is another good deterrent.
Cover pots with fleece
if frost is forecast to prevent the plants being killed.
will provide cover for several low growing plants. Use biological
to deal with problems of slugs, white fly and other
pests. A ladybird
slipped in among the pots will encourage natural predators
to deal with greenfly.
Don't forget to put food scraps into a kitchen
caddy for composting. This will make wonderful compost that can
be added onto the containers for extra nutrition and mulching.