Lots of vegetables can be grown in containers, including potatoes, tomatoes, chillies, salads and more.
To get the best from them and to ensure you always have something to pick, it’s worth taking the time think about the plants you grow and how you grow them.
Discover which crops to sow in pots in April.
Follow our advice for getting the best from veg in pots.
Combine crops that like the same growing conditions
A selection of veg growing in containers
Combine crops that like the same growing conditions. Plant basil among your tomatoes as it will love the warmth and can help prevent whitefly on them. Summer savory is said to discourage aphids from broad beans.
Grow companion plants
Tomatoes, basil, oregano and parsley grown together
Grow companion plants together in the same pot. Basil can prevent whitefly on tomatoes. Summer savory is said to discourage blackfly from broad beans. Find out more about companion planting.
Use deep pots
Courgettes and nasturtiums in a container
Use deep pots to give tall plants stability. But avoid containers with tapered sides if you need to use supports, as canes can’t be pushed far enough into the compost.
Use trailing plants
Tomatoes, basil and lettuce together in a container
Use trailing plants such as tumbling tomatoes and nasturtiums, which will grow down the sides of your pots, making the most of your space.
Sow speedy crops
Radishes growing in a container
Sow fast-growing crops such as radish and pea shoots in containers with slow-growing vegetables like tomatoes and kale.
Grow larger crops
Beans growing round a tepee of branches
Don’t assume container crops have to be dwarf. Use plant supports to gain height – bamboo canes or hazel poles are ideal tied together to form a tepee for climbing French or runner beans, borlotti beans and nasturtiums.
Plant edible flowers
A red nasturtium flower beside a courgette plant
Plant edible flowers like nasturtiums and violas alongside your more traditional vegetables to decorate salads, while also encouraging beneficial insects.