Home-grown vegetables and herbs are essential for the food lover and amateur cook and, luckily, they are easy to grow in pots.
Potted food gardens are portable, versatile and perfect for backyards, balconies and windowsills. And best of all, they can be easily located close to the kitchen, making harvest even easier.
Here’s everything you need to know to get started, including:
Growing plants in pots, troughs and containers is easy and fun. And with these simple tips, you’ll be harvesting delicious herbs and vegies in no time.
When buying pots, it’s important to consider what they are made from.
Plants often need repotting, whether it’s increasing pot size or planting a new crop. Look for pots with straight or tapered sides, avoiding pots that curve inward at the top.
While curvaceous pots look great, their shape makes it difficult to remove plants for repotting or harvesting.
Sometimes, it's necessary to break the pot to get the plant out when the top is narrower than the rest of it.
Planters with special features are commonly used for vegetables and herbs, such as self-watering pots. These do not dry out quickly and are ideal for thirsty plants or busy people. But don’t let these attributes fool you - you still need to care for your plants and check water and fertiliser levels, especially during hot weather.
Also look for strawberry pots, specifically designed for lots of plants in a small space.
Choosing the right pot is just the start. Also consider:
When potting up your plants, follow these 6 simple steps:
Water soluble fertiliser that provides vegetables, tomatoes, herbs and fruit trees with an abundance of all the nutrients they need to bear prolifically
A premium certified organic mix that is perfect for your pots, planters, hanging baskets and raised gardens. Outstanding results with no fuss while taking care of the environment.
A premium mix developed specially for vegetables and herbs that nurtures plant growth and health above and below the soil. It is perfect for pots and raised garden beds
Designed for all vegetables and herbs, this plant food combines the best of both worlds, creating a healthier growing environment and sturdier plants
A nutrient-rich, pure organic smart liquid that gently releases fertiliser over 4-6 weeks. Your garden will flourish with this premium seaweed product that comes in a handy Hose-on as well as a Concentrate
A specially formulated potting and planting mix for vegetables, tomatoes and herbs in pots, gardens and in raised beds and planter boxes.
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