The Elven Jedi Druid Hippie Arty Ranger :D (elven_ranger) wrote in eco_living,
The Elven Jedi Druid Hippie Arty Ranger :D
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 Just thought that it might be a good idea to compile a list of useful food plants that can be grown in tubs if you dont have a huge garden and only have a small area, or a patio. 

These are what I have successfully grown/ am growing in tubs: (I have access to a small mainly paved and concreted garden, so its all in tubs)

Blackcurrant
grape vine
mint
lemon balm
chamomile
chives
parsley
alexanders
nettles
rhubarb
broad beans
runner beans
french beans
spinach
watercress
peppers 
pumpkin
courgette
basil
beetroot
nasturtuims
radishes
tomatoes
potatoes
rosemary
strawberries
tarragon
lemon thyme
thyme

What can you add to that list?


Obviously, think of the size of the plant when youre planning to grow it as to what sort of space and size tub it will need, and what you can fit into the space YOU have for it! 

Handy tips: 
- I got most of my big plant tubs second hand via my local Freecycle group. 
- you can use yoghurt or margerine tubs for starting seedlings in
- I keep the re-sealable plastic food containers my occaisional Chinese takeaways come in, washed out they are excellent for storing my seeds in.
- bought compost is expensive, I have built a small compost area, four metal stakes hammered in, with strong netting (reinforced by wire) in a corner, where I can put all my plant trimmings, weedings, teabags, eggshells etc. Youd be amazed how much compost you create in this way. Theres also a grass verge at the bottom of the hill here, and when its mown, I collect the grass cuttings for the compost. Gets me some funny looks but who cares? 
- old bathwater is excellent for watering the plants. 
- thick old twigs or branches, with the leaves stripped off are excellent as plant support stakes. 
- some plants like ash, I burn all my old bank statements and stuff down into ash, then mix them in water to give to the plants. It really does seem to have a beneficial effect. :)
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