Having a small courtyard or backyard should not limit one’s ability to grow their own food. With the right pots, combination of plants and a little imagination, an attractive and productive corner can be achieved.
Place 3 bamboo canes, 1-2 metres long, into a pot and fill it with potting mix. Tie the bamboo together at the top with some garden twine and plant a tomato plant underneath. Herbs such as basil, oregano and parsley grow well with tomatoes.
The beautiful shape of open-hearted lettuce is ideal in a round pot. Plant them close together, as there will be ample room if the leaves are continually harvested.
Citrus can now be grown successfully in pots with the advancements made in plant breeding. A ‘Splitzer’ is a citrus plant with two varieties grafted onto it and suitable for pots. Growing nasturtiums or other flowering herbs beneath it will attract the bees necessary for pollinating the citrus flowers, thus providing more fruit!
The different heights that this pot offers and the variety of herbs that are available, can make a beautiful and functional display. Cascading herbs such as thyme, marjoram and even rosemary are perfect for this. Basil, parsley or chives can be placed in the top.
Legumes often need a structure to climb on. This is where personal taste and an eye for design can be cultivated! A metal obelisk can become the focal point in a garden when placed in a pot, as well as offering the peas or beans something to climb upon.
Cabbages, Cauliflowers and broccoli, all do well in pots. A group planting of any of these in a trough can look quite handsome. Several of these in a row can create quite a feature!
At least six hours of sun a day is required for optimum growth.
Use lightweight containers so they can be moved around; chasing the sun or changing the look!
Using a good quality potting mix and regular applications of a liquid fertiliser will ensure an abundance of produce.
www.colouroptions.com.au - (Vegie seedlings)
www.entaglements.com.au - (Metal obelisks)
www.eylescitrus.com.au - (‘Splitzer’ lemon tree)
www.fiskars.com.au - (Tools)
www.northcotepottery.com.au - (Pots)
www.oasisaustralia.com - (Vegie seedlings)
www.scottsaustralia.com.au - (Potting mix)