Growing in pots

  • Mint
  • Broad beans
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Peppers (chilli and snack)
  • Tomato
  • Rosemary
  • Blackcurrent


If the top surface of the soil looks dark then it doesn't need watering. Otherwise stick your finger in the soil.


  • Soil and compost should be 50:50
  • Fork every few days to aerate

Best soil mixure

Equal parts

  • Vermiculite
  • Pete moss
  • Mixture of composts

Raised beds


  • Herbs good, no need to crop rotate
  • Rosemary, marjoram and lavender good for attracting pollinating insects
  • Onions don't like drying out nor crowding from weeds
  • Potatoes work in raised beds but easier in bags (tip the used bags into the raised beds for the following year.


  • Multi layer planters for strawberries
  • Basil best in the sun (greenhouse)
  • Mint family should not planted be in the ground (invasive)
  • Tomato's ripen with sun and heat
  • Large vine crops too rambling for raised bed

No dig beds

Add mulch regularly, less for salad crops.

Square foot gardening

More efficient use of space than rows.

Pest control

  • Nowhere to hide
  • Natural predators

Weed control

Compost is sterilised.

Companion planting

Complementary crops.

  • Corn / bean / squash
  • Basil / tomato
  • Onion / radish / carrot

Further reading

  • Crop rotation
  • Interplanting
  • Succession planting
  • Trap crops - Nasturtium are loved by aphids
  • Vertical gardening
  • Succession planting
  • Mulch
  • Overwintering
  • Winter crops
  • Lasagne Gardnering

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