Maximising yields

How much food can you grow in pots?

November 15, 2013
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To show that it’s possible to grow lots of food – even if you don’t have a garden – I’ve been measuring the weight and value of the food grown in containers in our small concrete back yard in Newcastle, UK, from 1 May to 31 October this year. This continues the experiments I did […]

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How to create a living soil – and dramatically increase the productivity of your growing

May 31, 2012
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Soil life: the best kept secret to successful container growing?     If you want to grow food successfully in containers, nurturing soil life can make a huge difference. Worm compost, for example, is full of microbes and life. Add it to your containers and you will get more vigorous growth, and far fewer pest […]

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Maximising Space 3: Fast Growing Crops

April 10, 2012

Fast growing crops are invaluable in lots of ways. If you’re growing for the first time a quick success is rewarding and boosts confidence. If you only have a short time window to grow in –  you might be a student in temporary accommodation, growing in a school, or going away on holiday – you […]

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Graph of month by month harvests

March 2, 2012

If you’re growing food in a small space, you may be wondering how much you can harvest at different times of year. Below I’ve drawn a graph showing the weight of the harvest for each month, from my London balcony and window sills. It starts in May 2010 (when I started weighing)  and ends in November […]

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