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The 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.

Starting a Garden:
Ideas For Growing Food In Containers

When first starting a garden with container pots, a good place to start would be to start gathering the basic items you'll need from the list on this page...

Winter Gardening
Winter gardening is a time of taking stock and planning for the year ahead, but also for growing. Your garden does not have to be dead in the winter...

Growing food in pots?

Grow your own food, and save a LOT of money! Container vegetable gardening is the practical solution for those of us who do not own a large garden

Vertical Gardening
Vertical gardening can be combined successfully with container gardening. Excellent if you do not have a large footprint area on the ground where you can grow things.

Gardening Tools
The great thing about container gardening is that you don't necessarily need a whole host of gardening tools to run and maintain a successful food-growing garden.

Container Gardening
Container gardening for food is one of the greatest options available to those of us who do not have large gardens, or have access to areas where more traditional gardening can be achieved.

Urban Gardening
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

Getting Started
When first starting a garden with container pots, a good place to start would be to start gathering the basic items you'll need from this list....

Urban Homesteading
Urban homesteading is about embracing the simple living of our past generations, but doing it whilst living in the modern urban world.

How to Grow Tomatoes in Abundance
This article summarises some golden rules of how to grow tomatoes in order to get the absolute maximum yields from your crop.

My Vertical Hydroponic Growing Setup
My vertical hydroponic growing setup has enabled me to grow abundant food in a tiny space.

Growing Tomatoes Upside Down
I've recently been hearing good things about growing tomatoes upside down, so I decided to not only investigate, but also to have a go myself....

Compost containers are open-bottom bins used for turning used organic waste, such kitchen scraps into a rich, fertile humus, otherwise known as compost.

Natures Larder: Dandelions
To most people, dandelions are a nuisance weed, but to the better educated, this little plant is a miracle that can provide a whole myriad of healthy edible benefits.

Natures Larder: The Stinging Nettle
To most people, the Stinging Nettle is just a nuisance, but to the better educated, this luscious green plant, is an amazing provider of food and medicine.

Vegetable Gardening Tips
Some excellent Vegetable gardening tips that will make all the difference to the health and quality of your home-grown food.

Grow an Organic Vegetable Garden
An organic vegetable garden may seem like a lot of work, especially when using non-organic methods can seem easier and more effective, but the rewards for choosing organic are wonderful.

Garden Pests - Keep Your Guard Up!

Garden pests are a fact of life, but I'm trying to deal with them in ways nature provided instead of using chemicals...

Dealing With Garden Slugs Without The Chemicals
How to deal with garden slugs without the use of pesticides and chemicals. This year I am turning to whatever nature can provide for me to address the problem.

Effective Garden Pest Control
Effective Garden Pest Control doesn't necessarily have to be difficult, but staying ahead of it is the key.

Organic Pest Control: The Safe Alternative to Harmful Chemicals
Ever wondered how to get rid of pests without having to use dangerous and harmful pesticides? Organic pest control is the answer.

Spider Pest Control in the Garden
Most home gardeners will not consider spiders as a common threat, however, spiders 'mites' can be fatally damaging.

Diatomaceous Earth
Using diatomaceous earth in your garden can discourage such insects as aphids, beetles ants, and slugs and can also be used as a slug repellent.

Gardening Pest Control
These are some of the most used gardening pest control methods. The list is not exhaustive but covers the main ones...

Do It Yourself Pest Control
Do it yourself pest control can be far better for your garden and your bank balance than buying Shop-brought pesticides.

Raised Bed Gardening

Raised bed gardening is a great idea if you have poor soil conditions, but think carefully before opting to install them if your soil is already of a high quality.

Raised Bed Vegetable Gardens
A raised bed vegetable garden is a fabulous way to grow food, with a minimum of fuss and with greater control over your growing conditions.

Constructing Raised Bed Gardens
This page and video shows how I have been constructing raised bed gardens for my patio area in order to grow the most food.

The Raised Bed Garden - Simple but Brilliant
In most gardens it is now common to see raised bed garden plots, and once constructed, they can give many years of healthy and prolific growth with very little maintenance.

Hydroponic Growing

My vertical hydroponic growing setup has enabled me to grow abundant food in a tiny space. Here you can see a video showing how I created my own hydroponic system at home.

Hydroponic Setups
Hydroponic setups are surprisingly easy to create, and can give you year-round healthy home grown vegetables.

Growing Hydroponic Lettuce
Growing hydroponic lettuce is the easiest way to get started in hydroponic gardening. Do it right and you'll see that it's simple, fun and VERY productive.

Growing Herbs

Growing herbs in containers, in general can be a wonderfully easy thing to do, and can be done both indoors and outside.

Growing Basil
Climate and temperature are key factors in successfully Growing Basil. It is a sun lover, and will do well in pots if the temperature is kept above 10 Degrees C. There is also another article on 'how to grow Basil successfully' here.

Growing Herbs Indoors
Growing herbs indoors is an easy way of ensuring you always have fresh herbs on hand when you want them. This way of growing is also ideal for those who have very little growing space..

Herbalism Guide

During the 2011 growing season, much of my time will be dedicated to growing herbs in containers in order to parctice the art of herbalism. I hope to be making a guide in the process.

How to Make a Herbal Infusion
One of the easiest ways for anyone to engage with herbalism.

How to Make a Herbal Decoction
Another very simple way to engage with herbalism.

How to Make Herbal Tinctures
A herbal tincture is a liquid that contains the concentrated extract of a herb that has usually been extracted by soaking the plant material in a mixture of water and alcohol.

What Grows Best?

For those of us growing vegetables in containers, below is a list of plants that will do particularly well in pots as long as they are given the right care.

Growing Tomatoes
Growing tomatoes can be quite a hit-and miss affair for some. Not any more! This page tells you how to grow more tomatoes than you can shake a stick at!

Growing Strawberries
Growing strawberries can be a touch more involved than growing regular vegetables, but with some very minor attention to detail at the beginning, you can enjoy an abundant crop.

Growing strawberries from seeds
Growing strawberries from seeds can be a little trickier than growing them from small plants, but the rewards can be fabulous!

Growing Peppers
Growing Peppers is quite easy to do. Here are some useful and helpful tips to help you get the most from your crop.

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.

Growing Potatoes
The skill of how to grow potatoes in containers is a surprisingly simple one to learn. Great news for people restricted by the amount of growing space they have.

Growing Asparagus
Growing asparagus is not a particularly quick or easy task. However, Asparagus is a perennial plant so once established, it can go on producing food for as much as 20 years.

Pumpkin Growing
Pumpkin growing can provide a serious amount of food in a short time (4 months). It's easy to do and dare I say it - fun!

Roasting Pumpkin Seeds
Roasting pumpkin seeds can be a nice and straight forward process, and will provide you with a delicious and nutritius snack from food material many people would otherwise throw out.

A Good Pumpkin Seed Recipe...
The Cinnasweet pumpkin seed recipe is particularly popular at the moment, so here's how to make it....

Growing Lettuce
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.

Growing Carrots
Growing carrots is a very simple and straightforward process. But there are a couple of things you need to know…

Growing Rhubarb
Rhubarb is quite possibly one of the simplest things in the world to grow, but it is a large spreadding plant and definitely does not enjoy being couped up in a pot.

Growing Pumpkins
Growing pumpkins is surprisingly easy, making them a popular favourite for children who are starting out into the world of gardening. Here is another article on the subject.

How to grow Asparagus
This web page is a summary of how to grow asparagus in order to get the highest possible yields from your plants.

Green Beans / Runner Beans
There is something extremely satisfying about growing green beans, and in the right conditions they will provide you with a fabulous, delicious crop of food.

Growing Beans in Your Home Garden
Growing beans is one of the more fun and enjoyable things you can do in your garden. It will also provide you and your family with highly nutritious food throughout the growing season.

Growing Pomegranates
Growing pomegranates does not require much effort. With these simple steps, you can keep your pomegranate bushes productive for as long as you wish to have them.

Growing Hops
It is surprisingly easy growing hops, one of the most enduring farming practices carried out for centuries to produce that favourite of all beverages;>

How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds
If you do end up growing pumpkins, here's how to roast pumpkin seeds for a delicious and extremely healthy snack...

How to grow strawberries
Learn how to grow strawberries - it makes absolute sense both in terms of freshness, and cost.

Fast Growing Trees, A Cautionary Overview
Here's a list of some popular fast growing trees, but I can't stress enough the importance of making the right choice when buying a tree.

Growing Grapes
Growing grapes does require a little prep work, but with the sweet fruit and the glorious colours of the leaves, its rewards are great. It's also 'do-able' in containers.

Five Great Tomato Growing Tips
Here are five excellent tomato growing tips to help you get the best out of your tomato plants - one of the most popular vegetable plants found in any garden, in almost anywhere in the world.

Growing Peanuts
Growing Peanuts in pots is also perfectly 'doable' and you can sprout the seeds from shop-brought peanut kernels!

Survival Gardening

Survival gardening is something many of us might not have ever considered, but as each day passes, the world in general seems to be heading deeper into a tailspin.

Growing Your Own Survival Food
With talk of another recession on the way, anyone mentioning they are growing 'survival food' it's no longer frowned upon in the same way they once would be...

Reasons to be prepared
A series of videos chosen to highlight reasons why prepredness is not a bad idea, and a glimpse of potential future scenarios which you may wish to plan ahead and prepare for.

My Berkey Water Filter Review
One year ago I brought a berkey water filter, and I have to say it's quite possibly one of the best things I've ever brought.

Buying Seeds

It’s easy to be seduced by the glossy pictures in the catalogues, but don’t be too hasty to jump in and buy gardening seeds without at least reading this page!

Heirloom Seeds
Heirloom seeds are, traditional, genetically diverse, openly-pollinated seeds that the multinational seed companies would love to stop you owning!

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.

Heirloom Seed Gives Amazing results!
I had misguided reservations about using Heirloom Seed, but the truly excellent results speak for themselves!

The Global Gardening Blog

Do you grow your own food? Tell others how you are doing it by making an entry on the global gardening blog. This is a globally-based gardening blog where anyone in the world who is growing their own food can make an entry. No sign-up needed!

Global Gardening Blog: United Kingdom & Ireland
Do you grow your own food and are located in The UK or Ireland? Let others know how you are doing by making a blog entry here.

Global Gardening Blog: North America
Do you grow your own food and are located in North America? Let others know how you are doing by making a blog entry here.

Global Gardening Blog: Europe
Do you grow your own food and are located in Europe? Let others know how you are doing by making a blog entry here.

Global Gardening Blog: Asia
Do you grow your own food and are located in Asia? Let others know how you are doing by making a blog entry here.

Global Gardening Blog: Australia
Do you grow your own food and are located in Australia? Let others know how you are doing by making a blog entry here.

Global Gardening Blog: Africa
Do you grow your own food and are located in Africa? Let others know how you are doing by making a blog entry here.

Global Gardening Blog: South America
Do you grow your own food and are located in South America? Let others know how you are doing by making a blog entry here.

Square Foot Gardening

Square foot gardening is the name given to an intensive gardening method that employs specifically-sized raised growing plots that are a maximum of 4 feet wide by any chosen length

Planning & Layout Ideas

Here are some Ideas and sketches to consider for your vegetable garden layout ideas. Planning is everything! It will be a key factor in getting the maximum yields.

Designing a Container Garden For Growing Food
There are some big advantages and a few flaws that you do need to be aware of before you start designing a container garden.

Saving water for the Garden - Not Just a case of Convenience
Saving water, especially rain water, is an important aspect of container gardening, but can also be an important preparedness step.

Straw Bale Gardening
Straw bale gardening provides abundant growing possibilities with minimal maintenance, and saves a fortune on compost and raised-bed construction materials.

My Home Built Solar Food Dehydrator
This is a page all about my home built solar food dehydrator including a how-to video. It should get well-used this summer!

Show Off Your own Food Garden Pictures
Time to show off your own garden pictures and stories about your food growing efforts

About Me

This 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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