Do any of you grow your own food? What’s your experience of this? What types of things do you grow? If you don’t currently grow any of your own food, would anything encourage you to do so?
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Disabled. Have garden. Used to grow veg, Cant do that anymore
You could share your garden with somebody who is looking for a space to grow vegetables and flowers and share the produce.
Indeed, there is surely some local institution than can put you in touch with a person who would like to grow their own food and that way it keeps your garden tidy
sorry this got put as another comment but the above group link people who have gardens and can’t amange them with people who want to garden
yes, have small urban garden, last year we managed to grow toms, runner beans, courgettes, beetroot, pak choi - used to have an allotment back in the day, and does help to live with a gardener...
Have 2 Apple trees, a peach tree, a strawberry plant and some herbs I grow in the garden.
Wish I could grow more but only have window sill
I have an allotment - we need more of these - at the very least we need to protect those we do have
I have a small sunny front garden. Grow beans,tomatoes, chard, salad in pots.
Applied for an allotment 8 years ago and was told the waiting list was shut. To be honest half an allotment would be fine.
If you are within reach of West Harrow, you could join that waiting list. They do take out-of-borough people, and do have some vacant allotments that need much work.
I try to grow tomatoes and spinach at home - I have a small balcony area & sometimes use kitchen/bathroom window sills to keep pots on. So far the toms are more successful than the spinach! I also grow tomatoes & herbs in my mum's garden for her & my two sisters (all done in honour of my dad who used to 'do' our gardens for us).
I like the idea of urban garden spaces where residents can work together growing & using/selling their produce. Would encourage people to think with a 'more healthy' hat on & possibly take responsibility themselves to eat better.
the London plan should protect allotments.
Absolutely agree. And increase numbers of allotments. The Mayor should also arrange for more boroughs to accept allotment tenants from inner London boroughs that do not provide allotments.
They should get more support to schools to organise gardening clubs with a huge focus on growing your own. This way it will benefit the students and they can eat the food!
I work in a school and there here is no support from management to get this sort of thing off the ground! :(
Hi not sure where you are in London or whether a primary or secondary but Garden Organic is running a project called Plant Learning Garden or PLG for school growing in London - get in touch via Twitter or website they can help you get started and support the school.
South London - secondary
and thank you!! Much appreciated :)
Have a shared plot , but we could do with support. No organisation with the ones who control no democracy . Plots are allocated to friends nd no financial info given about the rent we pay . The local authority and staff complicit in this croniism.
Growing Grapes, apples , plumb and berry trees, strawberries redcurrants black curants, comfrey, lavender, thyme, potatoes, callaloo,spinach, shard, thyme,rosemary,lemon balm, stuff for bees . Operating a permaculture system and growing veg in painted tyres. Would love help building a fire pit everything is there
they help match people who have space and can’t manage it and people that want to garden
I run a small estate based community growing project with about 12 other members. We have two small orchards, allotment spaces, recycled greenhouse, community growing area, fruit bushes and are now linking and supporting other estate based projects. It all started with years ago with some trees from the orchard project and a small grant from Capital Growth. We also run corporate days to generate income for the garden with a local charity as a broker. It’s amazing what can be done but it’s hard work and all voluntary. However, made amazing when you can share a cake made with fresh rhubarb you picked that morning or even better a pink gin made with fruit from the garden.
As they say - build it and they will come. Now we just need legislation to protect it from greedy developers crying ‘housing crisis’ and eyeing up our remaining green growing spaces.
I grow herbs on my balcony, and have a metre square box on a tiny allotment where I try different stuff. Shallots currently but have grown spinach, chard, salad leaves and tomatoes.
We need more allotments for people to grow food. Plenty of empty glass office blocks we could turn into vertical allotments with soilless growing
Thanks everyone for sharing your views. A few of you have mentioned allotments.
Are there any allotments or urban farms near where you live? What do you think of them? Do you use them? If so, what do you like to grow?
Growing our own food where we live is not possible for the forseable future. Our building community do not have space for that. The borough do not have communal garden area for that either. With pessure on London's real estate, I doubt real estate owners would be willing to offer land for communal/local agriculture.
Yes. We grow various kitchen herbs, have an apple tree and some fruit bushes. We also put in a raised bed last year and are working on some potatoes, courgettes, peas and chilli plants. Tomatoes always seem to get blight so we aren't bothering this year.
I have apples, blackcurrants,blackberries,strawberries,lavender, rosemary, lemon balm, mint, thyme, chives and garlic in the garden. It strikes me that many fairly large back gardens in some areas are overgrown and neglected and would probably be a good place to suggest help growing produce to share perhaps?
There is too much air pollution where I live so cannot grow food - unsafe to eat.
I grow strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries and I have a plum tree in my back garden. I also grow potatoes but the urban foxes do a lot of damage by digging them up.
Gardening is time-consuming and hard work. I am sad to see so many of my neighbours paving over their gardens. A young couple moved in next door and they both work so I offered to cut their back lawn, mainly because I was worried they would pave it. Working hours are very long these days and young people with jobs and children don't have time for vegetable growing.
I wish there were regulations to limit the area of a residential garden can be paved over. It's great to have a patio but it's so damaging to the environment when people pave the whole garden so the rain runs off and doesn't soak into the ground
Totally agree. We need regulation on paving space over and more offers (from all free people) to people who have no time or inclination to garden. If we just start doing it, the idea will grow - that will probably be the best way forward - one individual at a time.
Personally think that if older people (or peeps with no jobs) were encouraged to get out and about and offer their services, it's be great. Dead head wherever you go and - plant courgettes - they grow so easily and taste so amazing!! An easy success story to provide inspiration.
There are untouched/dead gardens and empty spaces everywhere. Guerilla Gardeners did it first. We can do it too!!
Thanks everyone for sharing the food you grow, it's great to see such variety.
Does your diet change at all based on what fruits ans vegetables are seasonal? To what extent would you consider changing your food choices over the year?
We grow food in the Estate community garden. Problem is Hackney Council want to build private 'des reses' on them making more public space private.
Yes but samll garden so don't have much space to grow things so just cherry tree raspberries rhubarb strawberries and herbs
I grow food in my garden and my husband is on the waiting list for an allotment. He helps a friend out sometimes and gets a share of produce in return. There is a large waiting list for allotments, but some allotments seem too big for some people to maintain but they are not given up. I suggest allotment shares are allowed and/or larger allotments are divided into smaller plots. Also, a scheme where people could grow veg in unused gardens, or grow veg for people who can no longer garden, would extend access to healthy homegrown food and may help community cohesion, combat loneliness etc.
We have limited food growing on site in meter squared boxes. So single crop of shallots or similar