To grow food in pots or containers is pretty simple, as long as you have a little space and know-how. If growing indoors, be sure to keep plants away from pets (cats in particular may knock them over). And never leave foliage near glass windows, as this can confuse birds, who may try to fly inside. See how to stop birds flying into windows to learn solutions to stop this happening. Use no-dig methods, to protect earthworms and other creatures. Also see how to grow your own herbs (includes details of herbs that are toxic to pets).
See plants & trees to avoid near pets (avoid cocoa/pine/rubber mulch & fresh compost near pets). Use humane safe slug/snail deterrents. See safer alternatives to netting for wildlife, if used. Many plants (inc. yew & oak trees) are toxic to equines. For outdoor growing, see books to grow your own food and growing food in small spaces.
- Grow Your Own Vegetables in Pots & Containers includes tips to grow food in tiny spaces, and using upcycled pots/containers.
- Patio Produce shows how to cultivate home-grown veggies in the smallest space. Plan for a reasonable yield and never run out of something good to eat. Whether you have a balcony or a high rise, roof garden or patio.
- Patio Pots is packed with nifty tips and advice for gardening in containers, from fruits and vegetables to stunning floral displays. Find the best pot for the job, learn how to position them to harness the sun’s rays or provide shade, and work with colour and height and successful drainage, feeding and watering.
- Modern Container Gardening is more for ornamental plants, but good tips for growing on a roof terrace, a tiny balcony or on a windowsill. Isabelle Palmer shows how easy it is to get started, even if you have little space. Includes how to make a garden in a day, weekend projects, one-pot wonders and window boxes.