Vegetables in containers

Planning a vegetable garden? Options for urban plots

by Emma Cooper

The traditional advice for starting a new vegetable patch is to pick the sunniest possible spot, double dig the soil and improve it with barrow-loads of well-rotted horse manure and plant in orderly rows. In an urban garden, this might not be possible but that doesn’t mean you can’t start a flourishing edible garden this spring.

Top crops for containers part 2: salad leaf mixes for every season

by Mark Ridsdill Smith

Salads are amongst the most productive and worthwhile crops for growing in small spaces. They don’t need big containers, will thrive in shadier spots and grow quickly and easily. Most are ready to eat just six to eight weeks after sowing.