Plant some patio pot veg

Save space by popping a few crops into containers now

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Pretty much anything fruit and veg-wise can be grown in containers, and it’s a useful and versatile way of increasing your produce yield if you only have a small space to work with.

There are many crops that work well in a confined container space – pictured are tomatoes, chard, beetroot, cucumbers, courgettes and chillies, but you can grow anything from potatoes, peppers, carrots, cabbage or baby turnips – give it a go! Plug plants are available from garden centres still, or perhaps do a swap with a gardening buddy for something you have too much of – and you still have time to sow courgettes, beans, sweetcorn and salad leaves, for example.

Keep an eye on your potted produce at all times – they’re needier than ground-grown crops. Watch for yellowing leaves on your plants – this may mean you need to water them or feed them – it can be a sign of nutrient deficiency.

As they’ll be on your patio for you to look at while you’re sat looking over the garden, why not add a few marigolds, nasturtiums or sweet peas into the container mix? This will look lovely and give further ornamental value to your crops.