Provided you keep up with watering and feeding, veges grow fast in warm, well-drained container mix. In a sunny sheltered location they’ll suffer less from wind and frost. When your outdoor space is tiny or temporary, growing food in pots is the way to go.
Plant potatoes in tubs - or buckets or large bags. Fill the container as the plants grow, adding enough soil mix so that just the top leaves are exposed. To harvest, simply tip the container over.
Grow peas in pots. Choose a large pot or barrel, fill it with container mix. Mix in a handful of sheep pellets. Add a teepee climbing frame and sow your seeds; peas, snow peas or colourful sweet pea flowers.
Mediterranean herbs thrive in pots. Perennials such as thyme, rosemary and oregano thrive in warm well-drained conditions. Soft herbs such as parsley and basil need regular watering and feeding.
Salad greens grow easily from seed. Try mini lettuce varieties like ‘Tom Thumb’ and ‘Little Gem’. For the sweetest taste, be sure to keep up with watering and feeding. Rocket grows well in cool weather.
Sow a weekly batch of microgreens. They’re rich in nutrients and ready to eat within two or three weeks after sowing. Try tasty fennel, spinach, celery, carrot, peas, beetroot, nasturtium, carrots and radishes, or sow a packet of premixed microgreens seed.
Silverbeet makes a very attractive container plant, especially if you grow the colourful ‘Rainbow’ variety.
Sow carrots in containers at least 30cm deep and then pull out some of the seedlings when they reach 3-5cm tall, allowing about 3cm space between each. As the plants grow, thin them some more and eat the thinnings.
Spring onions make a great addition to any salad garden. Seedlings are available in garden centres. Or grow them from seed.
Leeks are fun to grow in containers. Fill the pot to a depth of 20cm of soil, leaving space to add more soil as the leeks grow. To transplant seedlings, make holes with a chopstick, about 6-10cm apart, depending on how fat you want your leeks to grow.
Fruit to grow in pots includes strawberries, raspberries, citrus, dwarf apples, dwarf peaches, dwarf nectarines, figs, grapes, feijoas, blueberries and olives.
Start a worm farm. It is a great way to recycle kitchen scraps and produces a ready supply of liquid fertiliser.