The Container Gardening Ambassadors (the Fresh Food Home Guards)

All we need is your free moral support to make this world better

by Prof. Dr. Willem Van Cotthem (University of Ghent, Belgium)

Become a member of our container gardening group by clicking the ‘JOIN’ button at  

(today almost 43.000 members).

Here are some of your trumps

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Bottle towers with vegetables and herbs – Photo WVC P 1070455 – Video

1. If we show how to build a bottle tower <> to all the schoolchildren of this world and teach them how to grow some vegetables and herbs at school, they will enjoy building more towers for their family at home.

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Riser with vegetables and herbs growing in recycled bottles – Photo Jojo ROM (The Philippines) 56269_1483085875405_1181604134_31159685_1301366_o.jpg

2. If we alleviate child malnutrition in our countries by teaching them container gardening at school, recycling all discarded containers in school gardens, e.g. on risers (see


and <>),

there will be sufficient food for decent daily meals and a cleaner environment.

And soon there will be fresh food galore everywhere.

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Dwarf orange fruit trees grown in pots – Photo Container Growing – .jpg

3. If we convince all young mothers to plant only one fruit tree for every newborn baby and if we plant a fruit tree for every dear family member passing away, we will soon have orchards protecting us against global warming and climate change.

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Barrels can easily be transformed in vertical gardens with a lot of fresh food – Photo Grow Food, Not Lawns – 542232_449799711742313_474788682_n.jpg

4. If we pass this message to the world leaders and publish all our photos to show them our green container gardens, it will be a giant convincing step towards a global food revolution.

And soon there will be less hunger because container gardening means solving these major problems at the lowest cost.  People in developing countries have been inventive to grow fresh food in a panoply of containers (pots, buckets, bags, sacks, barrels, …).  There is a lot of indigenous knowledge about best practices and success stories in food production. It is our moral duty to follow their examples and invest in large-scale application of their methods and techniques.  International organizations should reach hands with NGOs to ban hunger and malnutrition without any delay.  They should start in all the schools.

Let us put an important step towards a better future today:



Kits for beginners

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Vegetable gardening can be a little intimidating to the beginner and it is hard to know where to start with all the various information flying around. Our new beginners garden kits were designed to include everything you need to start growing your own vegetables. They include easy to grow vegetable seeds with an appropriately sized planter or growbag and enough soil to fill it. These vegetable growing kits are the perfect start to growing your own as they are reusable, portable and easy to grow in.

When starting a vegetable garden you don’t need to spend a fortune and jump in at the deep end, our beginners kits are great entry level kits as they are affordable and very straightforward to use. They can be placed anywhere you have a bit of space, on patios, balconies, by the back door, or anywhere in the garden.


Read the full article: Quickcrop

Companion planting with herbs

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Tips On Companion Planting With Herbs In Your Garden

Companion planting with herbs will give some benefits for the plants themselves and power to help each other to grow and thrive. For example, companion planting your home-grown tomatoes with sweet basil will improve your tomatoes taste, companion planting some caraway plants throughout your garden will help to loosen the soil, or companion planting feverfew with your roses will also help to keep the aphids away. Certain herbs and other plants will do better simply by planting them nearby to each other but other herbs and plants should be kept far away. So you need to consider several factors when choosing companion plants for your herb garden.

Read more: Companion Planting Vegetables with Other Plants

Vegetables in a container at home

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Homegrown: Choosing containers to grow veggies


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In a perfect world, every home would have an ideal spot for a vegetable garden with plenty of sun, loose rich soil that’s not too dry and not too wet, and no weeds.

If you find that Eden, let us know, because it doesn’t exist in our yards. Debbie deals with limited sun and acidic clay soil. Carol has dry sandy soil and rampant wiregrass. And neither of us is the proverbial spring chicken any more, meaning that stooping, heavy digging and bending can lead to sore backs.

There’s a creative, easy and beautiful solution: Containers.

Plastic and terra-cotta pots are fine, but think beyond those and you can give your yard a boost with plantings that are both attractive and edible. Container gardening is also more friendly to those with back problems or arthritis.

Almost any size or shape item will work – if it will hold dirt, you can grow in it. Try rusty red wagons, worn-out wheelbarrows, galvanized metal washtubs or wooden barrels. Still have rectangular plastic recycling bins around? Those are great for growing leafy greens, carrots or beets. Remodeling? Save that old bathtub for gardening. Carol has even planted herbs in old pairs of galoshes.

Read the full article: The News&Observer

Growing vegetables in containers

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Vegetable container gardening, its advantages and requirements

Most of us are passionate about growing our own vegetables in our backyard but sad to say not many have the space or the facility to cultivate a traditional vegetable garden. Space is a big constraint and with urbanisation at its peak now hardly any of us live in farm lands; most of us have moved to the bustling city centres into smaller apartments or dwelling places. Undeterred by the space constraint people with a passion for gardening are taking up vegetable container gardening to satiate their desire to grow their own veggies.

Advantages of pursuing vegetable container gardening

Leaving aside the advantages, vegetable container gardening is actually so much of a fun activity that many of us enjoy. This activity keeps us fruitfully engaged providing good physical exercise too. It is one good way to de stress and it relaxes the mind.

Growing vegetables in containers is pretty challenging and you feel quite a thrill when you pluck fresh organic vegetables grown in your own home.

When you use good soil enriched with organic compost and sow organic tomato seedlings your tomatoes are totally an organic produce which you feel proud to deliver to your family. Now a days there is a big thrust on having everything organically made without using chemicals that could cause us a lot of harm and result in health hazards. Home grown organic vegetables ensure that your health and the health of your family is safe guarded.

Use of pesticide is another thing that can harm us no end; but with organic tomato container gardening the use of chemical pesticides is avoided instead natural pesticides are used that keep away pests at the same time do not cause us any harm.

Essentials for vegetable container gardening

Read the full article: Container Gardening Pedia


Lettuce at home

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You can sew seeds into catering-sized tin cans to grow some healthy lettuce


Growing lettuce and fancy salad leaves from seed in a container is the ideal solution for those who want to get an early start to the season or are limited to balconies or courtyard gardens.

Seeds can be sown indoors from February in modules or straight into the container you will put outside, as long as you have the room.

Choose a container that is not too deep – because lettuces only have shallow roots – and make sure they have drainage holes so the plants don’t become waterlogged after a downpour.

If needs be you can drill holes into recycled containers such as large catering-sized tin cans, or if you don’t want to damage something like an old tin bath then grow the lettuce in a proper container that will sit on bricks of pieces of wood within the bath.

Fill your container with multi-purpose compost and water it before sowing the seeds, which are quite small and may get dislodged if you water them immediately after sowing.

Sow the seeds as thinly as you can – an inch or a couple of centimetres apart is ideal – then cover with just a thin layer of compost so the light can get through to them.

It is best just to sow half a dozen seeds at a time, then sow more in another fortnight, so you don’t have a glut of lettuce – or choose a multi-variety mix so there are different types of leaves to harvest.

It is best just to sow half a dozen seeds at a time

Keep them inside if the weather is very cold or put them in a sunny sheltered spot and invest in a horticultural fleece to throw over them at night if a frost is forecast.

Water the compost every few days so it does not dry out and the seedlings should emerge within a few weeks.

Read the full article: Express

If flavour rather than bulk is your priority

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Spuds on tap: pick what you need for your meal and leave the rest to grow 

Photo: GAP Photos/Gary Smith

How to grow potatoes in pots

Not only fantastic if you’re short on space, growing potatoes in containers make for a delicious crop

By Lia Leendertz

That sweet, nutty taste and the texture like slicing butter just doesn’t exist in the shop-bought potato, and I wanted it back in my life.

The answer has been to start growing them in pots. There are lots of ways in which this beats growing them in the ground, and a few in which it really doesn’t. Let’s get the negatives out of the way first. This is not the way to grow if you are after bulk and high yield. It is also high maintenance and you will need to remember to water regularly and well.

However, if flavour rather than bulk is your priority then this is a lovely way to grow them.

Potatoes grown in pots become almost a different vegetable. One of the reasons they are so good is that they grow so fast, giving them a soft, moist texture and almost non-existent skins. This also happens to be the secret behind the flown-in earlies: they are grown in places where the soils warm early in the year, so growth is speedy. But most of us don’t garden in a south-facing sloping Jersey field by the sea. After the chill of winter most UK soils are slowly warmed through by a still-weak sun. But pots can be moved to a sheltered corner to bake, onto a sunny balcony or patio, or even into a polytunnel or greenhouse. This will help increase the heat in the compost and therefore the growth rate of the potatoes.

Read the full article: The Telegraph

Go for the radicchio

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Radicchio, a good choice for the winter garden, enhances both raw and cooked dishes – ROSS HAILEY — TNS

Homegrown: Grow radicchio for color and flavor


If you want color and flavor in your winter garden, forget about ornamental (which means inedible) kale and its ilk. Go for the radicchio.

It’s hard to beat. Radicchio has a deep pomegranate-red tone with attractive white veining. It’s much more tender and versatile in the kitchen than the red cabbage it resembles. Radicchio’s slightly bitter flavor enhances both raw and cooked dishes, and is a favorite in Italian cooking.

The Chiaggia variety resembles a smaller version of red cabbage. Treviso types grow more upright than round and come in additional colors, such as green, magenta and white. The Indigo variety is maroon and green, and is bolt resistant, so it can even be sown in late spring for a summer crop.

Sow Chiaggia or Treviso radicchio seeds indoors now to produce seedlings to transplant outdoors. Use three seeds in a 3-inch starter pot filled with loose, soilless mix. Mist the tops lightly with water and place the pots away from direct light until seedlings appear. Then move the pots to a sunny window and keep them moist but not soggy.

Read the full article: News Observer

Grow edibles on rooftops

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Dr Sara Wilkinson tends a tomato crop on a rooftop above Broadway at UTS. Photo: Peter Morris

Rooftops offer a viable and sustainable space for growing edible produce

by Robin Powell

What if the greens you need for tonight’s dinner were grown on the roof of the office where you work? From a cook’s perspective this is a dream – fresh produce and no time wasted on shopping. And the advantages of urban farming extend way beyond the wellbeing of the time-poor consumer. Produce farmed on urban rooftops also contributes to reducing the heat island effect of cities, lowering summer temperatures and minimising the carbon footprint of food.

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Roof garden – Photo Jardin Inspiracion – 1546347_644306198944314_987979625_n_2 copy.jpg

Rooftop vegetable gardens increase urban biodiversity; decrease stormwater run-off; offer psychological benefits to those involved with the garden and with fellow gardeners; and can even protect and extend the lifetime of the roof.

Interest in green roofs is growing like dandelions in spring: the City of Sydney reports an average of one development application a week for a green roof or wall. Already, 100,000 square metres is given over to green roofs across the city, and Lord Mayor Clover Moore says the City is doing all it can “to introduce more of these features into our urban landscape”.

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* Roof garden – Photo Les Urbainculteurs – 1503385_633030990087111_1484373713_n copy.jpg

Yet few are food producing. Sydney’s environmental conditions suggest an urban harvest could contribute significantly to food production. The city of Toronto, for instance, which is under snow for three or four months of the year, estimates that 10 per cent of its fresh food could be grown within the city limits.

Read the full article: Brisbane Times

Containers in the farm-to-table movement

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Farm-To-Table Will Change Us [Opinion]

by Carol Miller

Unlike all the trends our industry has seen come and go, the farm-to-table movement has the power to rewrite our future.

A trend is like a wind that disturbs a pond but doesn’t reshape it. Take gazing globes, huge 10 years ago. They made our industry a lot of money, but their popularity faded, and we moved on, unchanged.

Container gardens had a bigger impact. They were a hit with customers who wanted instant gratification and with retailers who liked selling several products at once. They also reflected a changing customer base, who valued getting the visual impact of gardening without the work.

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Home grown vegetables –

I want to take the time to unpack that thought. Container gardens’ popularity rose along with the flood of smart phones, big, immersive TVs and games like Candy Crush. People still eat out, go to theaters and, yes, garden. But they spend less time doing so.

So it can be argued that selling container gardens was a necessary adaption to our customers’ lifestyles.

Combo gardens had a bigger impact than gazing globes. But what gazing globes are to container gardens, that’s what combo gardens are to the farm-to-table movement.

Read the full article: Today’s Garden Center