Useful tips on how to grow & enjoy fruit & veg. from your windowsill !
What veg to plant
Below are mini-guides as to what veg. to grow in your windowbox and how to grow it, with recommended cultivars that are known for their ease of growing, good flavour, size or hardiness. Simply click on the icon with the starting letter of your vegetable for details..
This fast-growing brassica can be used as a cut-and-come-again salad crop or the older leaves cooked like spinach. Keep well watered to stop them bolting. Sow seed: 1cm deep, broadcast sowing from early spring to late autumn, then thin
Trailing tomato varieties are ideal for a windowbox and usually consist of cherry-sized fruits. Plant in rich, moisture-retentive soil and feed and water regularly. Sow seed: Indoors, in pots, 2cm deep in early to mid spring. Transplant out in late spring to early summer. Varieties: Tiny Tim, Tumbling Tom
Also known as the Mexican Husk Tomato, this tender sprawling plant can grow up to about 1m and isn’t the most attractive of plants so you might not want to even consider it : Its green fruits ripen to yellow, purple or red and are traditionally used in Mexico cuisine and for making into preserves. Sow seed: Thinly in pots, just covering the seed in early to mid spring, then transplant out in late spring to early summer
Turnips come in all sorts of shapes and colours and can be grown to provide a harvest through most of the year. Best grown in a rich, moisture-retentive soil. Sow seed: 2cm deep, thinning to 10-15cm apart from early Spring through to late Summer Varieties: Ivory, Market Express, Tokyo Cross
No relation of summer purslane – and in fact a bit of a thug in comparison, this half-hardy plant, also known as miner’s lettuce or claytonia, has succulent leaves and stems that can be used in salads from mid summer to early winter. Generally unfussy about soil conditions and will easily grow even in poor soils and dry conditions. Sow seed: 1cm deep and 15cm apart from mid spring to late summer