Endless Veg Pots

If you don't have much of a garden, you might think you'd struggle to grow your own veg. But with a little bit of planning (and perhaps some patience) you can make sure you have veg to harvest all year round.

This system relies on only using crops with the same harvest period - that's the time from sowing to harvesting. It can be a little tricky to find exact harvest periods, especially when you take into account differences between varieties and weather. Nonetheless, the seed packet usually has an indication, there are some good websites like Grow Seed and we've included some suggestions too:

8 weeks

Radish

Basil

Cut and come again salads

Pea Shoots

 

8-10 weeks

Hearting Lettuce

Baby Root Veg

Baby Kale

Baby Chard

 

10-12 weeks

Beetroot

Spinach

Chard

Dwarf French Beans

Carrot

Early Peas

Spring Onions

You can still be creative with your containers! I like to make my own salad mixes, and this works really well here.

This system uses 3 pots for 8 week vegetables and 4 containers for 8 - 10 and 10 - 12 week veg. Have a look at the calendars for guidance of when to sow, harvest and resow pots.

Follow usual guidance for growing crops in pots.

  • Sow under cover/ indoors or cold weather varieties early and late in the year.

  • You don't need to replace all the compost each time you resow, especially with the faster growing crops. Remove the plants, roots and top up with fresh compost.

  • Most of your veg will prefer a sunny spot - but follow the advice for each crop.

  • Water well. Veg planted in the ground typically requires less water than people think, but container grown plants require much more as they dry out very quickly.

8 Week Veg

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