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You may not have room for a vegetable patch or time for an allotment, but many delicious varieties of salad, vegetable and fruit will thrive in containers and don’t take up much space. Follow our guide if you want to grow crops on patios, balconies, windowsills and roof gardens.
The simple answer is anything you like as long as the pot is big enough! The easiest thing to start with is probably some salad crops and culinary herbs. Not only are these edible but they are also decorative.
There are many combinations of herbs that work in containers and varieites that you can grow for taste as well as for their ornamental properties. Many can be easily grown from seed, but to save time, ready-grown herb plants are easily available from garden centres or specialist suppliers.
The principle of crop rotation is to grow specific groups of vegetables on a different part of the vegetable plot each year. This helps to reduce a build-up of crop-specific pest and disease problems and it organises groups of crops according to their cultivation needs.
There are many composting systems, all of which are very efficient in their own way, but your choice may be limited depending upon the space and resources available to you.
Creating a container garden is a good way to grow your own vegetables and herbs, whether you’re short on space, don’t have a lot of time, are new to gardening, or simply want an easy way to add to your existing garden area. Click below for a guide on container growing.