GROW YOUR OWN TOP TIPS, FROM ALYS FOWLER
GROW ROCKET Notoriously expensive in shops, rocket is a delicious leaf that can be grown easily in a pot within a month – by anyone, says Fowler. “It needs a partially shady spot too so you don’t even have the lack of a sunny windowsill as an excuse,” she adds.
DRAINAGE “If you’re using a reused item as a pot, such as a bucket or yoghurt pot, or even a plastic veg container, then make sure you drill some holes for drainage,” Fowler says.
BASIL “Instead of buying a pot of basil from the supermarket which dies within a week (this isn’t your fault – there are so many seedlings crammed in the pot that they quickly outgrow the space), grow your own,” says Fowler. “Water it infrequently and give it some light, and it should last well into the autumn.” REGULAR WATERING Unlike plants grown in the ground, pots rely very much on us to keep them watered, says Fowler. “When watering, do it thoroughly, till the water runs out of the drainage holes and in the morning, so the plant can drink it up all day long.”