8 top tips for home growing
Curated by Mark Langshaw
- Plants grown indoors need adequate water, light and drainage so they do not drown.
- The more soil you have, the better the plants will grow and the less you will need to water them. If you don’t have much soil or time, mix some water storing granules into the soil to ensure your greens stay hydrated.
- Don’t use chemicals to feed plants if they are going to be eaten.
- Micro-greens such as mustard and cress are ideal for beginners as they don’t even need soil – kitchen paper or perlite will suffice.
“The more soil you have, the better the plants will grow.”
- Plants like geraniums, petunias, verbenas, fuchsias and salvias are perfect for window boxes in the spring as they will bloom freely throughout the season.
- Top off your window boxes with gravel and slate to reduce water evaporation.
- Shrubs, climbers, herbaceous perennials, grasses and even some fruit and vegetables can be grown in containers for those with limited outdoor space. Choose frost-proof terracotta rather than those labelled frost-resistant if you’re planning on leaving your container outside all year round.
- Make sure you choose the right compost for container plants. A multipurpose peat-free compost is best for short-term vegetation, while a soil-based solution is better for permanent plantings and ericaceous composts for lime-hating plants.