Posted: 13/02/2017 at 10:38
I just grow mine in the ground with added garden compost to enrich the soil as needed. The only things I have grown in pots have been herbs so I can shelter them over winter.
I think you need to go to the library and get yourself a book on container vegetable gardening as different crops have different requirements. EG carrots do best in lighter soils which allow them to grow straight roots. Beans need plenty of moisture retentive material in their growing medium. Brassicas need lime to counteract club root so will enjoy a compost mix enriched with mushroom compost as this is usually alkaline.
Herbs also have different requirements. Rosemary, sage, thyme all need good drainage. Chervil and parsley need to have some shade. Basil and mint need more moisture but don't want to be water-logged.
Any container full of holes - eg wicker - will need lining with plastic to retain the compost but don't forget holes for drainage and set the containers where you want them to be before filling and planting as afterwards they may be too heavy or fragile to move with a full load..
Last edited: 13 February 2017 10:39:04