Gardening expert shares 'all you need' to grow veg in 'small city spaces' this winter

Sam Smith is the founder of Pot Gang, a gardening subscription service that sends subscribers a box full of seasonal seeds every month. These seeds are easy to plant in small spaces, allowing even those living in flats without gardens to be able to grow their own food.

Sam launched his brand after noticing many Britons had more time on their hands during the pandemic and were turning to gardening – including himself.

He told “I realised that a lot of other people were getting into it at the same time, and most of them were non-gardeners and people who didn’t really have much experience with growing stuff before.

“But no one really knew what they were doing.

“They didn’t know what time of year to look after vegetables, how to fix things if they’re going wrong, and where to get all the different bits from.

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“It became clear that people in cities really don’t know very much about growing food.”

After a lot of planning, the young Londoner decided he wanted to help beginner gardeners who live in cities by setting up his own company, calling it Pot Gang.

Described as a “monthly grow-your-own veg and herb subscription for people who want to get growing at home, just don’t know how”, Pot Gang delivers three types of seasonal seeds to subscribers every month.

Seasonality is important to Sam, and therefore the seeds change every month.


In November, Pot Gang is sending out French garlic, broad beans, and broccoli microgreens to its followers.

Compost is included in the boxes too, as well as instructions on how to plant the vegetables for anyone unsure of how to get started.

But what makes Sam’s business unique is that it is designed to help people with little space.

He said: “It’s basically helping beginners grow their own stuff in small city spaces, whether that’s a balcony, a patio, or even a window for some people.”

Sam said that all you need to grow your own vegetables on a balcony or windowsill are pots, compost, and seeds.

He explained: “You need pots, compost and seeds – those are the only components you need to bring into your home, and then just natural conditions, such as sunlight and water.

“That’s the key to growing.”

However, Sam warned seeds need to be watered less in winter – around once or twice a week.

“Check the soil every day and if it’s dry, give it a bit of water, and if it’s still a little moist, leave it,” he said.

A Pot Gang box costs £20.99 a month and comes with free and fast delivery.

Each box contains seasonal seeds, the right sized pots for the seeds to do their growing in, peat-free compost, and a simple how-to-guide.

Subscribers also get access to the “potline” to ask the Pot Gang team any “growing questions”.