Why don’t I grow food in pots?

Why don’t I grow food in pots?…

It really is a good question. I live in a flat, I have many pots that are empty and ready to be used. I certainly have the inclination. But…

I have been down this road several times before. So much so, that I have spent quite a lot of money on organic potting mix, seeds, seedlings, and pots. I have trawled the streets with my kids on the look out for pots during council clean up periods and still nothing to show for it. When we first moved in here I started off all gung ho and with lots of ideas of harvesting from all my bountiful pots.

What went wrong?

Not enough sun light in the court yard? Too much rain? Not enough rain? Then when they did flourish so did the slugs and caterpillars. A true feast for them!

So after numerous occasions of trying, it has just got the point where I am putting way too much money in to the potting project and just have to admit defeat. So for the time being I will stick to my succulents and my window box flowers that are supposed to be attracting good bugs and bees….

… just not at the moment.

4 thoughts on “Why don’t I grow food in pots?

  1. Beautiful succulent photo!. They are much easier to grow and rarely disappointing! I have the reverse problem… everything I plant seems to grow. I love the little bicycle in the background… that photo is a keeper.


  2. I’ve just started reading your blog and love it.

    Anyway, I was just going to say that whilst I live on a suburban block and grow (some of) my own veggies, fruit etc, the dead set easiest thing to grow in a pot… is blueberries! I grow two low chill varieties (live in Brisbane) – a Sharpe and a Misty and they flower and fruit prolifically every year. They just need acid soil (the same stuff you would use for azaleas and camelias) and a bit of fertiliser here and there. I use worm wee every other month and they are going gangbusters.

    Anyway, as quite an expensive fruit to buy, I thought I’d share it with you. 🙂

    Cheers and thanks for the entertainment – blogstyle!


  3. Ah shucks, thanks Lotte. I’m glad you like it.
    Thats really interesting about the blueberries, I certainly love to eat them, and have ample worm wee. See your key word was ‘dead set easy’- will have to investigate. Thanks for the top tip!


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