Patio gardening

Hello and thank you for this wonderful initiative. Sadly I’ve gone from a huge garden to two small patios. I’ve managed to grow some shallots, small varieties of tomatoes, parsley and fingers crossed mint. I live on a beach in the Gold Coast so I am hoping for some e help with what else I might grow in small pots. Thanks everyone. Please stay well and obey the rules in these very difficult times.

Salad leaves of all kinds and most herbs are good for pots. :slight_smile:


Garlic grows well in pots as do French beans, chives, green onions, radishes and some varieties of carrots for example Paris Market, the little bulbous ones.


Wow, thank you so much. I didn’t realise I could do all that on my patio. If I can ask another question please, what size/shape tub would I need for radish, we love them. Thanks again for your help.

It depends what type you want to grow, there are lots of different varieties and some of them like mooli have long 6-8 inch roots so they will need a deep pot where as French Breakfast are a nice little crunch one and their roots are about 2 inches in depth so perhaps one of 8 inches deep would do fine for those where as the big ones need about a 12 inch pot in depth. I would say that a trough 4 inches wide and 8-10 tall would be able to fit all sorts in. Here are a couple of articles to get you started Enjoy!

We have some planter boxes on our patio. The kind with a water reservoir under them. Cucumbers & peppers grow brilliantly in them. The cucumbers are a bit smaller than those grown in a larger space, but they are still plentiful. Carrots like Rondo and Oxheart grow well. I’ve grown mint, chives, cilantro, parsley, dill and basil successfully in pots/planter boxes too.


Congratulations, I have also grown cucumbers and managed some to measure about 15cm. I was very proud. I’ve also got similar containers and successfully growing basil, shallots, mint and parsley. I think if you have a small area give anything a try and you just never know.

We are trying the reservoir ones for the first time and have got carrots coming up in them, they are in a little raised bit to stop carrot fly and so far so good!

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