CON­TAIN­ERS

Go Gardening - - Edibles - Visit www.gog­a­r­den­ing.co.nz for more help with vege gar­den­ing.

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.

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