Posted 20th Apr 2017
Regardless of the size of the garden or outdoor space you have, growing your own fruit and vegetables can be done anywhere
Even the smallest garden can easily be turned into a productive space, with many vegetables growing just as well in pots as they do in the soil.
Garden designer and TV presenter Ann-Marie Powell has teamed up with Homebase to show exactly how you can create a healthy and delicious edible garden on your home allotment.
Here are the tips you need to get you started:
- Preparation is crucial. Begin by cleaning your pots or window boxes and plant up the soil. If you have space, choose a spot which has plenty of sunlight and prepare the ground by digging over and removing the larger stones.
- Raised beds can be built to fit any size garden or outdoor space. This will save you time spent digging, provide you with easier access to your plants, and will also ensure there is no wasted space.
- Remember, vegetables and herbs can both be grown vertically. Vertical planters can look great when grown on walls and fences, especially if space is limited. As an added bonus, they're also incredibly easy to look after.
- Start off by growing salad crops or herbs in a container. Starting off with seeds is fun but if you would like things to move along a bit quicker, you can start with ready-grown plants that can be potted-on straight away. Alternatively, there are new Gro Trays and blankets, which will only require water.
- Don't forget edible flowers. Quick to grow, they can add colour to your outside space, impressing friends and family in the process.