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.
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.
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?