This year has been a little experiment to see what vegetables I can grow in my very small garden, and what I can manage to grow in pots and bags.
I have discovered I cannot grow rhubarb for love nor money, and my spinach got eaten before it came to anything. I have three tubs of strawberries that have produced no more than half a dozen very small fruit. And my tomatoes, both in the garden and in tubs, have grown into huge bushes with lots of flowers, but no sign of any fruit - I am hoping that we have a sunny Autumn to encourage them to come on.
I have one pot growing a courgette plant and that is doing really well with lots of fruit- I would need to grow another two or three pots to get a decent number of courgettes, which I will do next year. My potatoes in bags are shooting up all over the place, so I am hoping for a good yield from them.
My major success has been the broccoli that I have planted into between flower plants - they have taken over what little garden I have, and it looks like I will get a crop that will keep my husband and I going for quite a few weeks.
It has been an expensive exercise growing vegetables in pots, by the time I bought soil, compost, pots and so on. No doubt it would have been much cheaper to go to the farmers' market every Saturday and get my vegetable supplies there. However, it has been great fun watching the plants grow, and I am a bit like Prince Charles......I go out and talk to the plants every evening and tell them how beautiful they are...to try to encourage them to grow more....my kids think I am turning into a dotty old woman!
What do you find grows well in pots, and what should be kept in the garden?