A Seed Pantry Guide To Vegetable Gardening In Containers

Potty for home-grown, but lack the space? Contain your excitement – we have the answer.

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Whether you haven’t a lot of space or prefer your vegetable crops close at hand, creating a container garden is a great way to grow your own food. Beetroot, Potatoes, Carrots, Herbs, Peas, Salad leaves, Peppers, Aubergines and Tomatoes are all great pot-dwellers – and it’s not too late to start planting! You can also plant edible flowers like Nasturtiums, Calendula or Violas to encourage beneficial insects and add colour or double up with companion planting some plants love growing in the same container! (We think tomatoes taste sweeter when they’re planted with basil)

What can I plant in my container garden?

The answer is… anything! Some vegetables, such as tomatoes and onions, are a little more delicate and should be started off in seed trays indoors as the seeds are at risk of rotting before being given the chance to sprout, but if you let them grow for up to 2 months they’ll happily be transplanted into outdoor containers. If you opt to grow beans, remember that they climb so lend them a stick for support.

Here’s our quick guide to create your own vegetable container garden!

You will need

– Containers (tin cans, old margarine cartons, milk cartons…)
– Multi-purpose compost
– Seed Pantry seeds!

1. Choose your container, and don’t be scared to get inventive! Anything from tin cans to old sinks will work – you may just need to drill/poke a few drainage holes. Aim for a depth and width of at least 45cm, although salads and herbs will thrive in containers as shallow as 15cm.

2. Fill your pot a couple of inches short of the top with multi-purpose compost.

3. If you are sowing your seeds directly into the container, scatter the seeds and cover with a thin layer of compost, about 2cm deep. If you started your seeds off indoors, prick out the seedlings and transplant into the compost (lift the seedlings carefully by the leaf as the stems bruise easily).

You can start off any of your Seed Pantry food seeds in recycled pots – simply transplant later on!

4. Give your seeds a good drink!

If you’re growing between April-September containers can dry out quickly, especially if the weather is good, so aim to water your plants 1-2 times every day. ☀️ During the winter months, reduce the watering schedule as plants won’t be expending as much energy for their growth. If it’s really cold either cover your plants or move them indoors to protect them from freezing.

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Pot Buddies – A Seed Pantry Companion Planting Guide

Enrol on a free Organic pest protection programme and claim a few hundred complimentary pollinators for your fruit and vegetable gardens with this handy guide.

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Plants thrive in communities, some plants have mutual benefits, and some really don’t get on well at all! Here at Seed Pantry we’ve compiled an easy guide to companion planting. You’ll learn which plants make the best pot buddies and help you keep your home-grown Seed Pantry vegetables happy. 👨‍🌾

PlantCompanionWhy plant together?
Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, KaleNasturtiumCabbage white butterflies will happily lay their eggs on Nasturtium leaves. Once the eggs hatch, the caterpillars will nibble your Nasturtiums and not your crops!
Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Carrot, Cauliflower, Kale, Onion, Radish, TomatoesMintTo deter flea beetles, aphids, and to confuse carrot root fly/Onion fly, who find their host through scent. Keep the Mint in a pot if possible, as it quickly spreads and will smother your crops!
CarrotLeek, Spring Onion, OnionsThe smell of Leeks deters carrot root fly from Carrot, and the smell of Carrots deters Leek moth and Onion moth from Leeks and Onions!
Asparagus, Courgette, TomatoesCalendula (Pot Marigold)Calendula is very attractive to pollinators as it’s long flowering period means it can provide nectar over the whole growing season. It can also repel Asparagus beetles and unwanted soil nematodes.
Aubergine, Lettuce, Pepper, TomatoesBasilBasil is known to improve the flavour when grown with these vegetables. The scent also helps to deter aphids.
TomatoesFrench MarigoldThe Marigold scent will help deter whitefly.
TomatoesChivesThe Onion smell will deter aphids.
Flowers Mint, Chives, ThymeThese smelly plants will help deter aphids and blackfly from nibbling your blooms.
Runner BeansSweet PeasSweet Peas will attract pollinators to your Runner Bean flowers.
All vegetablesTansyThe smell of Tansy deters ants.
All vegetablesYarrowYarrow is a great ‘green manure’, use it to fertilise your vegetable plot by planting amongst your crops or composting it and adding as mulch.
Mint, Calendula and Nasturtiums (L-R) are all great companion plants!

Seed Pantry top tips and ideas to make the most of companion planting:

  1. Create partial shade for shorter crops by planting alongside taller plants, for example peas or sweetcorn. Some plants, namely coriander, lettuce and spinach are prone to bolting in hot weather. This means that the plants produce a flowering stem before harvesting as a natural attempt to produce seeds and occurs when the plant is stressed (including in high temperatures).
  2. Plant herbs throughout the plot, their strongly scented leaves will help repel the less useful of insects and their flowers will encourage pollinators.
  3. Utilise your space! Planting fast-growing crops such as lettuce and radish between slower-growing crops like root vegetables and Brussels Sprouts will increase your yield per square inch. It will also help prevent weeds growing!
  4. Encourage wildlife into your garden. Butterflies, moths, beetles, birds, bats and millions of other insects all play an important role in keeping your garden happy. Sow lots of wildlife friendly seeds to bring natural predators that will help keep slugs and aphids at bay, to encourage pollinating insects, or simply to bring a little bit of life into your space.

With these tips in hand, you can grow an amazing variety of colourful veg you can grow from seed. Most importantly, you’ll be bringing better nutrition and outstanding homegrown flavour to the table all year round using companion planting!

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