Andrea Bellamy’s Top Patio Picks

Author and blogger Andrea Bellamy recommends these varieties for container growing on balconies and in other small spaces. These seeds are perfect for the urban grower or part-time farmer who lacks garden space, but wants to grow a little food.

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Author and blogger Andrea Bellamy

Plant these seeds in pots with good drainage holes using store-bought, bagged potting soil.

Maxibel filet organic bush – Excellent flavour, super productive compact plants. Use a 5 gallon pot or larger.
Sugar Ann snap pea – Bushy plants that don’t need a trellis. Use a 5 gallon pot or larger.
Sungold cherry tomato – Tall vine plants that do need a trellis, but what flavour! Use a 5 gallon pot or larger.
Mignon carrot – Gourmet baby carrots with very nice flavour. Any deep pot will work.
Red Sails looseleaf lettuce – Deep red lettuce that is very slow to bolt. Use a 3 gallon pot or larger. Window boxes work well.
Ancho peppers – Mild heat, outstanding flavour. Use a 3 to 5 gallon pot.
Astro organic arugula – Fast growing salad greens that will grow year round. Use any pot.
Mizuna organic – Another fast growing salad green that produces 12 months of the year. Use any pot.
Lacinato organic kale – Pick as needed, big, ornamental kale plants. Use a 5 gallon pot or larger.
Peppermint chard – Harvest this decorative and delicious crop at any time of the year. Use 5 gallon pots or larger.
Tyee spinach – The best tasting spinach around. Grow from Autumn to early summer in 3 gallon pots or larger.
Sweet organic basil – The easy herb that positively describes summer. Use any deep pot.
Chives – You will be amazed that you ever lived without fresh chives. Nearly any pot will do.
Santo organic cilantro – Super fast and fresh. A cool-season herb. Nearly any pot will do.
Gaillardia – Grow for colour, not for eating. Excellent in containers 3 gallons or larger.
Snow Cloth Alyssum – Sweet smelling, attractive to pollinators, and just nice to have around. Any pot will do.

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Andrea Bellamy is the author of the new book Small-Space Vegetable Gardens, which deals specifically with challenges faced by urban growers, and provides solutions and practical advice to help anyone grow great food. Andrea’s blog Heavy Petal has been providing good gardening advice to readers for years. She lives in Vancouver.

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