Become a microgarden guru

Green-fingered but short on space? There are lots of gardening hacks to try. From short potted herbs to tall runner beans, ocadolife magazine reveals some easy solutions.

Ever since the Olympic Park wowed visitors with its meadow-style planting in 2012, wild flowers are popping up all over the place – from gardens to roundabouts. Annual seed mixes are a great way to easily and cheaply fill a patch of bare earth. Simply prepare the ground and sow in spring, then sit back and enjoy. For a quick fix, Gro-Sure Easy Flowers is a 3-in-1 mix of flower seeds, compost and natural feed that’s super easy to use.

Tomatoes, herbs, spring onions and runner beans are all great examples of edibles that can be grown in pots. Runner beans are especially fantastic as they grow fast, produce pretty flowers and yield a very generous crop. You can even try growing herbs and small salad leaves in hanging baskets for a fun twist on traditional flower baskets.

No garden? No problem. Kitchen gardening rewards you with edible goodies to enjoy, and can be done on the windowsill: microgreens like mustard cress can be grown on damp kitchen paper, and window boxes can produce a huge variety of herbs, salad leaves and even strawberries. Try Johnsons Microgreens Growing Kit: with no soil required, the kit includes everything you need to grow basil, coriander and rocket.

We’ve got lots more gardening essentials on our online shop: give gardening a go this season and discover how easy it is – and most importantly of all, have fun!

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