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Planting vegetables in containers is a versatile way of growing edible crops in the garden, particularly where space is limited.
Vegetables growing in containers, including cabbage, leeks and potatoes. Credit: RHS/Advisory.
The following vegetables lend themselves well to container cultivation:
Beetroot, Broad beans, Carrots, Dwarf French beans, Herbs, Peas, Potatoes, Radishes, Rocket, Runner beans, Chillies & Peppers, Salad leaves, Salad onions, Salad turnips, Tomatoes.
Timings vary depending on the crop, but the main growing season is from early spring to autumn.
Aftercare should involve provision of a constant water supply, but take care to avoid prolonged waterlogging. A feed of general-purpose liquid fertiliser can be applied every two weeks. If frost is likely, cover the plants with horticultural fleece and move the pots to a warm, sheltered spot.
Rewarding vegetable crops for containers include:
AGM vegetablesRHS Grow Your Own
Growing vegetables in containers are generally quite easy with the main problems being;
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