Strawberry smoothie ingredients growing in a pot

Pot luck: all the ingredients for a strawberry smoothie Photo: Jason Ingram

According to Cinead McTernan, an experienced allotmenteer, blogger, Tweeter (@hoeandhum) and the garden editor of The Simple Things magazine, you do not need to own a wicker basket or rent an allotment to grow your own fruit, vegetables and herbs. Picking a home-grown tomato straight off the vine or digging up a carrot is not just for those who have acres of space and green fingers. If you have only a small patio, balcony or roof garden, you can succeed with container-grown crops. In her new book, One-Pot Gourmet Gardener, Cinead shows how it’s possible to grow all the ingredients for a single dish in just one container.

She says: “When space is an issue, the reality is that you need to be strict about what you can actually grow. Combining the main ingredients of a recipe in the same container is a nifty solution. There is also the bonus of harvesting the crops all together to make the dish and being able to invite family and friends around to enjoy them.”

One pot recipes

Grow the ingredients for a refreshing Pimm’s jelly

Grow the ingredients for a mouth-watering strawberry smoothie

Taken from One Pot Gourmet Gardener by Cinead McTernan (Frances Lincoln, £16.99). To order your copy for £14.99 plus p&p call 0844 871 1514 or visit

Charlie Dimmock

Gardener at BBC Gardeners World
Charlotte Elouise "Charlie" Dimmock (born 10 August 1966) is an English gardening expert and TV presenter. She was one of the team on Ground Force, a BBC gardening makeover programme.