Have you ever come across “container gardening”? Sounds like a paradox, doesn’t it? But as often it’s the weird-sounding concepts which are brilliant.

Container gardening provides a solution for every urban foodie who doesn’t have a backyard available, yet doesn’t want to do without home-grown veggies, fruit and spices. It’s super simple to create yourself (see DIY below) and can be done nearly anywhere – on a balcony, in a window or vertically on a wall or banister. But even if you are amongst the lucky ones with a lot of outdoor space at hand, why not polish your terrace with some deliciously fresh carrots?

I can already see myself preparing the next family BBQ reaching out my window to grab some herbs or tomatoes – which will be free of any pesticides, by the way.

Canned veggies rewind

To get your own produce only a few things are needed:

  1. Tin cans
  2. Hammer and nails
  3. Soil
  4. Seeds

Then you’ll need to consider the following:

  • Make sure your produce gets plenty of sun. I recommend 6 to 8 hours per day.
  • Your container will need to fit your produce, i.e. it will need to be big enough.

Let’s get started. Make sure to clean your cans properly. Nail some holes into the bottom of your cans; this will allow the water to drain. Then you can fill in soil and seeds. That’s it.


What will be your first harvest this year? Happy planting, everyone!

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Written by Linda

Since her time in New Zealand, Linda is a passionate baker. Her speciality? Cheese-cream cake. Canned mandarines give it its special flavour. If you’re keen for the recipe or want to get in touch with Linda, comment on one of her blog posts or text her on Twitter.

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