Container Gardening For Food Blog

This Container Gardening for Food blog is the ongoing log of my journey and challenge into growing my own food in a small urban patio garden.

It covers the latest page updates as well as my personal banter.

For more information about who I am, and what this site is all about, see my About Me page.

Jun 15, 2015


Because we live on the coast we have gathered sea shells and either crushed them or laid them on the soil where we don't want the slugs to eat the plants.

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May 31, 2015

Why have I got spindly seedlings?

Winter is approaching and growing winter greens are my favourite time of the year. I have butter-crunch lettuce seeds, Tatsoi, Kale and baby spinach seeds

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Apr 29, 2015

Slug Control

Coffee grounds spread around the boarder of garden also keep slugs away. Coffee grounds and Mr. Coffee filters are good to go in compost pile as well

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Apr 29, 2015

Compost Help

A mixture of one can of cheep beer, cheep cola and eight oz of house hold ammonia in a container of a twenty gallon garden sprayer with a hose attached

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Apr 29, 2015

Help for my very first deck garden

I just want to say Thank you for great tips on growing tomatoes. I have cherry tom. and whoopy tom. i'm going to, first time, try and do in planters on

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Apr 27, 2015

About Me, And Why I Chose to Make This Website...

This website is the ongoing story of how I am trying to grow my own food and become as self-sufficient as I can, with only my small urban patio garden to work with.

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Mar 16, 2015

Decoctions and Infusions

Hi Rick, I recently watched your videos on youtube and have since favorited your website to my computer. I've always been into herbs and nature. I have

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Mar 09, 2015

Keep slugs away from new shoots in planters

Sprinkle used coffee grounds on the soil around new shoots. The grounds are sharp and the slugs won't pass over them.

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Feb 02, 2015

Autumn King

Grew these in compost in growbags and council recycling boxes on the patio.

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Nov 30, 2014

My Vertical Hydroponic Growing Setup

My vertical hydroponic growing setup has enabled me to grow abundant food in a tiny space

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Nov 30, 2014

Urban Gardening - Edens of the City

Whether it’s a small apartment window, a roof, or an expanse of tarmac, urban gardening can transform any area into a full flourishing Eden

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Nov 30, 2014

Hybrid Seeds

hybrid seeds are first generation offspring seeds that come from plants with two specific parents. They can only be produced by crossing with the same type of parent plants.

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Nov 30, 2014

Growing Blueberries

It’s important to understand when growing blueberries, that they are an acid soil-loving plant. Sandy, aerated ericaceous soil, rich in nutrients is a must, with a PH no higher than about 5.0.

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Nov 30, 2014

Growing Pumpkins

Growing pumpkins is surprisingly easy, making them a popular favourite for children who are starting out into the world of gardening.

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Nov 30, 2014

Growing Lettuce is Quick and Simple

Growing lettuce can be a simple and rewarding task, with fast results and a tasty fresh crop. Lettuces grow well in cooler climates and are particularly well suited to the UK.

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Oct 08, 2014

growing potatoes

As a young girl of thirteen,I was quite interested in planting things. It made me happy when I was upset because it is great to see something grow with

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Sep 20, 2014

Love your gardening but be aware of the hidden dangers!

I wanted to share a very important story with you all, and I hope it can shed some light on the hidden dangers of using soils, mainly bagged composted

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Sep 19, 2014

My so called "" Balcony Garden ""

Working in farm, field was my passion & first love since my childhood. Due to my profession, it was not fulfilled till I retired. Now I am not wasting

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Sep 12, 2014


When transplanting your tomato plants into it's final container, does the container need holes at the bottom in order to release any excess of water, or

Continue reading "CONTAINER DRAINAGE"

Jun 15, 2014

What, NO Pesticides At All?

A common response on hearing that everything we grow is untouched by toxins or chemicals of any kind. ‘What, NO pesticides at all?’ No, none. I can

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Jun 04, 2014

I can't wait to start planting.

I am so glad to have lucked-up on this website.I planned some potatoes and you gave me good information, i noticed that one of my potatoes is green, so

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Jun 02, 2014

My first (ever) tomatoes!

I've always had a fascination with gardening but was never enthused at the thought of the kind of work required for traditional gardening efforts. This

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May 28, 2014

rotting veg

Hi we started growing some veg in the garden and started some in pots and they seem to be rotting can you advise what I should do please.....I planted

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May 23, 2014

Too much!

So my husband has decided that a raised garden bed not in use atm was a good place to put all the weeds and grass clippings. But now there's so much stuff

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May 19, 2014

Upside-down Grown Tomatoes

Hi there, I have to agree with your assessment of growing tom plants upside down. I grew them over the course of two years and they were a bust. My 'upright'

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May 04, 2014

Update to My Repurposed Veggie Garden

Garden makeover in progress!

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May 01, 2014

novice gardener

Hi Rick I come from a country of plentiful sun shine(India) and am finding it difficult to maintain a kitchen garden on the terrace as they are wilting

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Apr 27, 2014

My Repurposed Veggie Garden

I have a deck that was attached to a pool. When the pool was removed it became a pond for about 8 years. We added a gazebo to the deck. The pond got filled

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Apr 04, 2014

Swiss Ladybird

Hi there! I have been living in Switzerland for nearly fifty years, 35 of them in a 90-year old end-of-terrace house in the small town of Olten. I (sadly

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Mar 27, 2014

sweet and plentiful: Deers are eating my garden!!!

I invested over $400.00 on gardening supplies, plants, dirt etc 2 years ago and watched all of my hard work disappear within 2 months. I tried to put

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Feb 16, 2014

My little garden!

My first attempt at gardening! I never realized how much fun it would be!

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Sep 30, 2013

An education in vegetation!

Great Videos Rick, keep up the good work. Square foot gardening is exactly what I'm looking for until I can get an allotment! Namaste

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Sep 22, 2013

Frugal Container Vegetable Gardening in the Desert

This blog is all about my experience and current experiment in container gardening in the desert. To Start with, I've always known since a little boy that

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Aug 13, 2013

HELP with Vertical Hydroponics

I have the same situation, a sunroom built onto our house and would like to do a vertical hydroponic system up one wall. What is the easiest way, NFT

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Aug 09, 2013

vine weevil

I have grown strawberries in containers for many years I have lost more than I've grown to that evil little bug vine weevil,so beware i'm aware you can

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Jul 30, 2013

problems growing oregano

I have been growing oregano in a pot. I recently discovered that the pot was not draining properly and the plant seemed water logged. I took the plant

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Jul 29, 2013

Best way to grow tomatoes in a container

1. Germinate the seeds & let the saplings grow to a height of 8 inches. 2. Make the final growing medium ready. 3. Carefully uproot each sapling . Scrap

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Jul 26, 2013

Raised bed for my patio

Hi Rick I’m planning on building a raised bed for my patio area and found your video guide really helpful, so thank you for that. Can you tell me how

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Jul 22, 2013

compost making in an apartment

Hi Rick, I haven't tried to make compost,(though I would love to) - being on the top floor of an apartment block we have no soil, so no earthworms to do

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Jun 07, 2013

Watering Tip

Fill half the raised bed with mulch from a tree service. It absorbs the water and keeps it in longer and your plants have a wet source to grow toward.

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Jun 05, 2013

Update hopefully with pics

Started my garden at the very beginning of the year. I have a previous post on here So with any luck my pics will upload

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May 26, 2013

Olive Doreen

I'm almost 79 years old and I just love growing vegetables; one of my pleasures is in pulling a few radishes, washing them in a bucket of rainwater and

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May 24, 2013

Thank you!!!

Have just started trying to grow tomatoes, herbs and fruit in the conservatory and your site is fantastic! Great advice, written so that even us novices

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May 13, 2013

Square Foot Gardening

I am gardening the square foot way for the first time this year. I am very glad that I found your web site. However none of the videos are available why

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May 08, 2013

First Time with raised beds

I have constructed 2, 10' by 3' x 8* high raised beds for my first trials this year ( 2013 ) they have been placed on a lawned area so have sliced the

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May 08, 2013

First Time with raised beds

I have constructed 2, 10' by 3' x 8* high raised beds for my first trials this year ( 2013 ) they have been placed on a lawned area so have sliced the

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Mar 15, 2013

helpful insect tips

For slugs it took a long while until I discovered an easy way to repel them. A older gentlemen that works with me at the same restaurant as,a dishwasher

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Jan 18, 2013

My Container Garden

I had an above ground pool with a deck around one end and when the pool died the deck remained. Thus my garden began. I now grow in approximately 100

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Jan 15, 2013

first time gardener :-)

Hello , I have just moved into my first house (after 8 years in a flat with no planting space beyond my kitchen window sill) and it has a small but I'm

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