How many times have you looked in the fridge to find that the lettuce you planned to use in your salad is at best wilted, or even slimy?
Well, even in a small space you can have an edible garden by growing edible plants in containers.
You can use spaces in among your ornamental plants or you can fill pots and hanging baskets with a variety of fruit, vegetables and herbs and always have the makings of a delicious fresh salad.
However much space you have you will be surprised at how much money you can save and also reduce the waste.
With a little planning and a small investment you will be surprised at what you can grow successfully in a way that is both visually pleasing and practical either in pots on a balcony or terrace or if you are lucky a small plot in the garden.
Choose things that are expensive to buy but easy to grow. A good example is rocket – expensive to buy but it grows so quickly and easily. Other salad leaves and herbs are good value too.
In smaller gardens or patios, even balconies, consider planting edible plants in containers. Even root vegetables like carrots and potatoes do well in the right type of pot.
Carrots can grow to perfection in old drainpipes or taller containers and may even be suspended along a wall. Growing them at height also reduces the risk of root fly infestation.
Chard looks stunning in pots and makes a good centre piece to a bedding display. Strawberries are good in pots and hanging baskets too. Nasturtiums can be eaten in salads and thrive in pots and baskets.
Tomatoes and tender herbs such as basil and coriander are good in containers. Ornamental herbs such as eau de cologne mint also thrive. Mint is best constrained as it quickly spreads into all areas. Hanging baskets can even be used.
Fruit bushes such as blueberries can be containerised. Dwarf trees and patio fruit trees which have been grafted onto special root stock can also thrive in pots. They will need regular feeding, watering and re-potting to refresh the soil and keep them healthy.
Most herbs grow well if you put them in free-draining soil. Integrate herbs into your garden beds, if you put them along the borders they will be easy to find after dark when you need them for adding to the dinner. Herbs such as thyme, sage, oregano and chives look great and are so easy to grow.