Urban gardening: how to go green in the city – Telegraph.co.uk
The online magazine for the urban gardener cityplanter.co.uk
promotes gardening events all over the country – seed swaps in Sheffield and
orchid festivals at Kew; advice on winter fruit trees. Editor Rhiannon
James, who gardens a roof terrace, spotted the gap in the market and offers
design and practical advice for those with limited growing spaces.
Top edibles to grow in small spaces
Herbs – parsley, basil and mint need a light soil and grow well in a stackable
wall mini garden from gardenbeet.com,
nine units £31.99.
Tomatillos – these lime-flavoured berries are more productive than tomatoes;
you need just two plants per family to ensure pollination.
Blueberries – use a 45cm container, acidic compost and water regularly with
organic ericaceous fertiliser.
Tromba squash will scramble up surfaces and trail to provide a beautiful tasty
crop. Try ‘Trombocino d’Albenga’ from Chiltern Seeds.
Chillies – ‘Apache’ in window boxes, or hardy potted tree chillies.
Salads – baby leaf greens, kale and oriental salad leaves eaten young or grown
as cut-and-come-again crops, perfect for window boxes, out of full sun.
Welsh onions – use shoots in place of chives or grown on for spring onion
Beetroot – the leaves can be used in salads, too. Use a slow-release
Pea shoots – express growing in seed trays for almost instant salads.
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