The advantages of container gardening
Containers can be sited close to the classroom, reducing problems of supervision
They are small and maneagable so children can care for them easily and even take them home for the holidays
Smaller containers can be started indoos and transferred outside when the weather improves
Different containers can be used that are accessible for everyone
Growing in containers enables you to grow plants that are unsuitable for your school soil, i.e. blueberries in ericaceous soil
Containers can brighten up an area or be used to disguise 'eyesores'
There is less chance of pest damage in containers
The disadvantages of container gardening
Containers can dry out easily so need watering and feeding more frequently
They are easy for intruders to steal
Only small amounts of vegetables can be grown in containers, so match the size of the crop to the container
Pots can restrict plant growth. This can also be an advantage making some plants a more manageable size
Vegetables to grow in containers
Aubergine 'Adona' or 'Bonica', begin indoors or under glass
Beetroot 'Boltady', 'Pable' or globe varieties
French beans 'Ferrari', 'Maja', 'Sonesta', 'The Prince' and 'Purple Tepee'
Runner Beans use a compact variety such as 'Hestia'
Capsicum (Sweet pepper) 'Canape', 'Ace', 'Gypsy' and 'Ariane'
Courgette 'Bambino', 'Early Gem', and 'Venus' are good in grow bags
Lettuce 'Little Gem', 'Red Salad Bowl' as smaller varieties also use salad leaf mixes
Onions 'White Lisbon' and spring onions
Potatoes Buy seed potatoes such as 'Swift' and earth up in the container as they grow
Radish 'Cherry Belle', 'Scarlet Globe' and 'French Breakfast'
Ruby chard 'Bright Lights' is a colourful spinach- like plant
Tomatoes, check which varieties are compact and suitable for gowing in containers. Tumbling types are good for hanging baskets
Herbs, strawberries and many edible flowers are also suitable for growing in containers.