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 indoors and transferred outside when the weather improves
Containers that are accessible for everyone can be used
Growing in containers enables you to grow plants that are unsuitable for your school soil, such as blueberries that need ericaceous (acid) 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
Capsicum (Sweet pepper) 'Canape', 'Ace', 'Gypsy' and 'Ariane'
Carrot 'Paris Market - Atlas', 'Adelaide', 'Caracas' and 'Royal Chantenay'
Chilli 'Orange Wonder', 'Super Chilli', 'Razzamatazz' and 'Prairie Fire'
Courgette 'Bambino', 'Early Gem', 'Floridor' and 'Venus' are good in grow bags
French beans 'Ferrari', 'Maja', 'Sonesta', 'The Prince' and 'Purple Tepee'
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', 'Topsi', 'Sparkler', 'Bright lights' and 'French Breakfast'
Ruby chard 'Bright Lights' is a colourful spinach-like plant
Runner Beans use a compact variety such as 'Hestia'
Salad leaves such as mustard, rocket, sorrel, mizuna, lambs lettuce and many more, can all be grown in containers
Spring onion 'White Lisbon', 'Ramrod', 'Katana', 'Gaurdsman', 'Lilia' and many more
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.