Nope, this is nothing to do with saving on washing up. The One Pot Pledge® is a campaign from the Garden Organic charity to entice 30,000 non growers into growing at least one edible plant at home. It’s an excellent idea and not too outrageous either; everybody has room for one pot of soil even if it’s just on a kitchen windowsill.
Growing some of your own food is an excellent way to get back in touch with how food is actually made, slash your food miles and get some super fresh, flavoursome produce to cook with. It’s addictive too – this year I’ve grown twice as much as last year and tried at least three new crops.
As a relative newcomer to gardening, I’m not ready to volunteer as a Gardening Guru for the scheme but I thought I’d pass on my own suggestions for easy plants to get started with. These are the ones that worked for me first time, will grow happily in a pot and give edible results within 1 to 2 months.
Small shallow pots (ideal for windowsills)
- Herbs (coriander, dill, parsley, chervil and basil are all relatively easy to grow from seeds)
- Salad leaves
- Microleaves (some garden centres sell special microleaf mixes)
- Pea Shoots
- A chilli plant (in a slightly larger, deeper pot)
In a larger pot outside
- One courgette plant will provide more than two people need
- Salad leaves (again)
- Radish (radish are super quick to grow)
- A tumbling variety of cherry tomato (a project for next year now, either starting from seed or buying a young plant)
- Carrots (these are a little slower than radish to grow but delicious fresh)
- Spring onions
The one pot pledge site has it’s own guides to what to grow and I’ve also just found the Royal Horticultural Society Grow Your Own iPhone app which will give you growing recommendations based on how much space and time you have available.
(Thanks to the Cottage Smallholder, One Pot Pledge gardening guru, for the tip off about the campaign)