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Vegetables in containers

How to grow vegetables in containers

When we think of growing vegetables, we might think of vast farmer’s fields, or large veggie patches in the back garden. However, did you know many vegetables can happily grow in containers?  

From shallow planters to larger pots, window-boxes and even hanging baskets, growing veggies in containers means you can have access to fresh tasty vegetables whenever you need them (or just get a craving for them!), no matter what size of garden you have  

Have a go at growing your own vegetables this spring by following our guide to container growing, you’ll soon have a bountiful collection of tasty veggies to tuck into all spring and summer  

Cherry Tomatoes


Carrot Early Nantes  

Growing carrots in planters or patio containers is a great way to begin your grow-your-own journey at home - it makes a fun growing project for children too. Choose a container deep enough to accommodate the growing roots. These carrots are ready to pick after around 8 -10 weeks  

Tomato Tumbling Tom  

Ideal for growing in hanging baskets and window boxes for a non-stop supply of sweet cherry tomatoes on trailing stems. Irresistible to little and big fingers alike!  

Lettuce Valmaine Cut and Come Again  

Ideal for shallower containers, this fast-maturing seed mix includes a sweet tasting lettuce that’s delicious in salads and sandwiches. With regular cropping and successive sowings, it provides a continuous harvest, and it can be sown all year round if it's protected from the cold during the winter months  

Vegetables in containers


Step By Step Guide

  1. Fill a container of your choice with vegetable or multi-purpose compost and water gently. Shallow containers are good for salad crops, while deeper pots work best for root crops like carrots. Hanging baskets and window boxes are ideal for herbs or trailing tomatoes  

  1. To grow your vegetables from seed, sow them evenly across the surface of the soil then cover with a fine layer of compost. Add a label so you remember what you’ve planted! This is the most economical way to grow lots of vegetables.  
    Alternatively, and for quicker results, plant ready-to-grow vegetable seedlings, which are available to buy in pots and strips. This is a great option for growing vegetables that prefer warm environments, like tomatoes, courgettes or chillies - or for those with not enough space or time to sow seeds  

  1. Keep your planted container under cover in a bright sunny spot protected from the cold. When all risk of frost has passed, move it outside to a sheltered spot  

  1. Water regularly to keep the compost moist. After about six weeks, feed the plant weekly with a liquid fertiliser to ensure strong and healthy growth  

  1. Pick your vegetables when they're ready, emptying and replanting your containers for an additional late season crop 

OUR GARDENING EXPERT’S TOP TIP: Sow or plant little and often for a continual supply of tasty veg