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3 Ways to Grow Vegetables in a Courtyard

Updated: Mar 27, 2023

You don't need much space to grow veg if you have a reasonably sunny spot. And you certainly don't need exposed garden soil. Why buy herbs, spring onions and chillies when you can grow them out back?


Here are 3 options for growing your own in a paved courtyard!


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1. Hanging baskets

These are great for strawberries, herbs and dwarf beans. In fact any vegetable or herb that likes to literally hang out!

But they dry out super quickly in hot areas, so not for the busy folks! They also drip, so you need drainage or you'll end up with stained pavers.


Growing fruit and vegetables in hanging baskets is a great way to maximize space in a small garden or balcony. Hanging baskets are an ideal solution for people who don't have much space for gardening, but still want to grow their own fresh produce. With the right tools and techniques, growing fruit and vegetables in hanging baskets can be a fun and rewarding experience.


The first step is to choose the right basket. It's important to select a basket that is large enough to accommodate the plants you want to grow. A basket that is too small will restrict the growth of the plants, and they will not produce as much fruit or vegetables as they would in a larger basket. A basket with a diameter of 12-16 inches is usually ideal for most types of fruit and vegetables.

Once you have chosen your basket, you need to fill it with soil. It's important to use a high-quality potting mix that is rich in nutrients and drains well. Adding perlite or vermiculite to the soil can help improve drainage and prevent waterlogging, which can be harmful to plants.

When choosing plants to grow in your hanging basket, it's important to select varieties that are suitable for container gardening. Some good options for fruit and vegetables include cherry tomatoes, strawberries, peppers, and herbs like basil and thyme. Make sure to choose plants that are compatible with each other and will not compete for nutrients or space.

When planting your hanging basket, it's important to space the plants out evenly and not overcrowd them. If the plants are too close together, they will compete for resources and may not grow as well. Make sure to water the plants regularly and fertilize them every few weeks to provide them with the nutrients they need to grow strong and healthy.

One of the benefits of growing fruit and vegetables in hanging baskets is that they are easy to care for. Hanging baskets are easy to move around, so you can adjust their position to ensure they get the right amount of sunlight throughout the day. They also tend to be less prone to pests and diseases than plants grown in the ground, making them a low-maintenance option for gardeners.

 

2. Pots/small planters

Growing fruit and vegetables in pots is a great option for people who don't have a lot of space for gardening, but still want to grow their own fresh produce. With the right tools and techniques, growing fruit and vegetables in pots can be a fun and rewarding experience.

The first step in growing fruit and vegetables in pots is to choose the right pot. It's important to select a pot that is large enough to accommodate the plants you want to grow. A pot that is too small will restrict the growth of the plants, and they will not produce as much fruit or vegetables as they would in a larger pot. A pot with a diameter of 12-16 inches is usually ideal for most types of fruit and vegetables.

Once you have chosen your pot, you need to fill it with soil. It's important to use a high-quality potting mix that is rich in nutrients and drains well. Adding perlite or vermiculite to the soil can help improve drainage and prevent waterlogging, which can be harmful to plants.

When choosing plants to grow in your pot, it's important to select varieties that are suitable for container gardening. Some good options for fruit and vegetables include cherry tomatoes, strawberries, peppers, and herbs like basil and thyme. Make sure to choose plants that are compatible with each other and will not compete for nutrients or space.

When planting your pot, it's important to space the plants out evenly and not overcrowd them. If the plants are too close together, they will compete for resources and may not grow as well. Make sure to water the plants regularly and fertilize them every few weeks to provide them with the nutrients they need to grow strong and healthy.

One of the benefits of growing fruit and vegetables in pots is that they are easy to care for. Pots are easy to move around, so you can adjust their position to ensure they get the right amount of sunlight throughout the day. They also tend to be less prone to pests and diseases than plants grown in the ground, making them a low-maintenance option for gardeners.

Another benefit of growing fruit and vegetables in pots is that they can be used in a variety of settings. You can place them on a balcony, patio, or windowsill, or even indoors if you have enough natural light. This makes them a great option for urban gardeners or people who don't have access to a traditional garden.


Pots are great, but be sure to put a tray underneath to stop the water leaking into your courtyard. That way you can water then from below which is a much better method as it encourages strong roots.

But pots also dry out super quickly - veg needs a lot of water - one hot day and they are toast!


 

3. Self-Watering Courtyard Planters

Get Urban Veggie Crew to install one of our

high yield courtyard planters. They are lined and store their water in the base, so no runoff, no mess.


These wicking beds produce massive amounts of veg in a small space with hardly any effort. And because they water from below there are no weeds, less pests, less disease and no nutrients are lost. More info here...


If you have a busy life, you need one of these. Nothing better than grabbing some sprint onions, chillis and cucumbers from the courtyard when you get home from work!



Contact us to get your own veggie powerhouse!

 

About Our High-Yield Vegetable Beds

Anyone can grow vegetables with the special raised wicking beds we install in Sydney. We we set you up to win!


The engineered beds we install are tuned for unbelievably high vegetable yields with no hassle:

And even better they:

We build and install in backyards, courtyards and balconies all over Sydney.


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