Prefacep. ix
Chapter 1The Environment of the Patiop. 1
Why bother growing on a patio?p. 2
The basics of growing in pots and containersp. 3
Water, roots and shootsp. 3
What pots and containers you will need for growing produce on a patiop. 4
The best way to grow patio plantsp. 7
Finding novel places to plant cropsp. 9
It's a what?p. 12
Just how much can you grow?p. 12
Chapter 2Planning for Crops All the Year Roundp. 14
What tools do I need?p. 14
Trays and propagatorsp. 18
Providing a constant environment for seedsp. 18
Planning cropsp. 19
Growing fruitp. 25
Chapter 3Plants Grow Differently in Potsp. 28
What do plants need?p. 29
Types of compostp. 33
Supportp. 34
Flavourp. 36
Skinp. 36
Companion plantingp. 36
Chapter 4The Patio Gardener's Yearp. 41
In the winterp. 41
In the springp. 43
In the summerp. 56
In the autumnp. 65
Chapter 5How to Grow Vegetables on the Patiop. 69
Growing asparagusp. 69
Growing artichokesp. 71
Growing auberginesp. 72
Growing broad beansp. 73
Growing French and runner beansp. 74
Growing beetrootp. 75
Growing broccolip. 76
Growing cabbage (summer)p. 77
Growing cabbage (autumn)p. 78
Growing calabresep. 78
Growing carrotsp. 78
Growing cauliflowerp. 79
Growing celeriacp. 80
Growing celeryp. 81
Growing chicoryp. 82
Growing chilliesp. 83
Growing courgettesp. 83
Growing cucumbersp. 85
Growing endivep. 86
Growing fennelp. 86
Growing garlicp. 87
Growing goji berriesp. 89
Growing kalep. 91
Growing leeksp. 92
Growing lettucep. 93
Growing mushroomsp. 94
Growing onionsp. 96
Growing parsnipsp. 98
Growing peasp. 99
Growing potatoesp. 100
Growing radishp. 104
Growing rhubarbp. 106
Growing samphirep. 108
Growing shallotsp. 109
Growing spinachp. 110
Growing swedesp. 110
Growing sweetcornp. 111
Growing tomatoesp. 112
Growing turnipsp. 115
Chapter 6How to Grow Fruit on the Patiop. 116
Growing applesp. 116
Growing apricotsp. 120
Growing blackcurrantsp. 121
Growing blueberriesp. 122
Growing figsp. 123
Growing gooseberriesp. 125
Growing grapesp. 126
Growing kiwisp. 129
Growing melonsp. 132
Growing peachesp. 134
Growing pearsp. 135
Growing pineapplesp. 136
Growing raspberriesp. 138
Growing strawberriesp. 140
Growing citrus plants on the patiop. 142
Chapter 7How to Grow Herbs on the Patiop. 146
Choosing and growingp. 147
Growing herbsp. 147
Growing anisep. 148
Growing basilp. 148
Growing boragep. 149
Growing burnetp. 149
Growing carawayp. 150
Growing catnipp. 150
Growing chamomilep. 151
Growing chivesp. 151
Growing dillp. 151
Growing feverfewp. 152
Growing lavenderp. 152
Growing marjoramp. 152
Growing marigoldp. 152
Growing mustardp. 153
Growing mintp. 153
Growing parsleyp. 154
Growing rosemaryp. 154
Growing sagep. 155
Growing thymep. 155
Growing valerian and verbenap. 156
Growing violetp. 156
Growing winter savouryp. 156
Growing watercressp. 157
Chapter 8Varieties of Fruit and Vegetablesp. 158
Different varietiesp. 158
Indexp. 163