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SUGGESTIONS FOR EDIBLES TO BE GROWN IN POTS IN A VERY SMALL SPACE :)

Well, I finally have a small space within the nursery that surrounds my new home, to grow some pots of edibles for myself. 

Some sunlight during the day but shade in the arvo.

Because I'm renting I'm keeping to pots and grow bags (still to come) so I need food plants that won't grow huge or need too much space and are productive and versatile.

Herb pot (foreground) has been going for many months now at the last house-sit. When moving, I emptied the pot, shoved the plants in buckets of water and re potted it all at my new place. I didn't expect much but all the plants have taken off again. 

Sage, Sorrel, parsley and a sad looking Rosemary hiding in the middle along with a couple of Asian greens and Spring Onions grown from store bought cut-offs. 

I have bought a large Rosemary from the nursery as it's my favourite herb.

Small pot on the right has Rocket and more sprouting garlic.

Pot on the left is Ethiopian Cabbage, surrounded by garlic that just insisted on being planted. Good for garlic shoots. The seed for the EC came from Yandina Community Garden and out of an entire packet that I have been carting around for a year, only two precious seedlings came up. 

Pot in the middle has my precious Walking Stick Collards which had a pretty good germination rate. I'll have to thin these out in a pot this size.

Warrigal Greens grow in easily accessible spots on the island, including on the beach. I will liberate a plant or two for a grow bag. Very useful green.

I liked the look of the Chaya that Dave was spruiking and have ordered one. It looks like the sort of perennial that would do ok in a pot. A bit like Aibika only tastier by the sounds.

I would love a Moringa, one of my favourite greens, but any other suggestions for things to grow that I just must have, please! 

Pepino?

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Comment by Roger Clark on January 9, 2019 at 16:03

Lissa,

You also mention growing using grow bags. These are quite expensive, but if you have the means are great to use. I am a bit of a skin flint when it comes to buying, I grow in old horse feed sacks instead. I use two, one inside the other and fold over the tops. They last about two years like this before you have to replace the bags, as they gradually deteriorate in the sun. You don't need to poke drain holes, they drain quite well, as is, and seem to retain moisture very well. I have grown just about all crops in them and have had good success  I have plenty to spare as my next door neighbour supplies me. I'll include some photos.  Picture 1 is Ginger and Turmeric - Picture 2 are spuds 

Comment by Lissa on January 9, 2019 at 15:04

Sid - I have sent you a PM :)

Roger - thank you! All good info. Great descriptive photo. 

Comment by Roger Clark on January 8, 2019 at 15:30

Same as with any wicking bed. I have used stones, soil, even potting mix. Larger pieces are probably best as then the gaps are filled with water, but I'm not sure if this is right. In my opinion it is probably best to use what ever is easiest to handle when you come to change the potting mix. I usually change the mix every couple of years. I use it to top up pots etc. after a little enrichment with manure. All potting mixes slump so all pots will need a boost here and there.  

Comment by Valerie on January 8, 2019 at 12:58

Roger With what do you fill the gaps between tubes to make sure you don't breed mosquitoes?

Comment by Roger Clark on January 8, 2019 at 12:03

Comment by Roger Clark on January 8, 2019 at 12:01

Lissa,

If you are wanting to grow in PVC tubes I have some suggestions for you that I have learnt from experience. The photo shows 2 ways of holding the tubes vertical. My first method was using old tyres, at least two disadvantages. 1 - the tyre uses up a lot of space 2- water drains through the bottom of the tubes, then the tyre and is lost. I prefer now to hold the tubes in an old plastic large paint container (see the one at the back of the photo). Two advantages - Very little wastage of space (thin walls), and If your paint container is leakproof you can drill holes a few centimetres from the bottom which gives you a type of wicking reservoir at the bottom of the container, so you don't need to water as much and you lose very little water. I have successfully grown carrots, leeks, parsnips, chillies, beetroot, but only in the Autumn - Winter -  Spring corridor. It is much too hot in Summer. Carrots are especially good to grow this way. I use only a good quality potting mix and they develop a really good long root this way.  

Comment by Sid Saghe on January 8, 2019 at 8:44

Absolutely Lissa, just let me know what time you're aiming for and I'll make sure the place doesn't look like a bomb hit is as usual :)

Comment by Lissa on January 8, 2019 at 4:53

Sid - I'm going to Kallangur this Saturday for an appointment. Any chance I could pick up some cuttings then?

Comment by Sid Saghe on January 7, 2019 at 10:58

Just at Kallangur Lissa, and plenty of cuttings to offer. I strong arm some leaves into most things we cook now but it's still a bit much for us.

Comment by Lissa on January 4, 2019 at 15:51

Pak choi and other asian greens are at the top of my list Jeff :)

Plan on cheating and buying some seedlings this weekend. Love them.

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