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  • What you can grow in shady spaces 23 comments

    Lack of sun is one of the most common challenges you can face growing in a city. Surrounding buildings, walls, pylons and trees, can all conspire to cast shade on your growing space for much (or even all) of the day. The amount of sun you get is critical – it determines what crops you [...]

  • Four ways city growers can help save our rich seed diversity 12 comments

    In the last 100 years, 80% of the crop varieties in Europe - 75% in the World - have been lost. This is huge: we need a rich diversity of crop varieties for our future. Not just for the wonderful stories and diversity of flavours that each variety brings, but also for the genetic variety. [...]

  • What to do in January 8 comments

    As the days start to lengthen, January is all about anticipation and planning for the new season. It's too early to sow seeds outside (even in the unseasonably warm weather this year here in the UK), but you can continue experimenting with sprouts and micro greens on your indoor window sills - see December. You [...]

  • Why its great when things don’t work out 45 comments

    Do you sometimes look at all those images of lush containers on Pinterest and Facebook and wonder why your own containers are, um, not quite so perfect? Of course, unlike on Pinterest, in the real world, lettuces DO (almost always) get eaten by slugs, seeds DO often fail to germinate, and tomatoes DO regularly get [...]

  • What to do in December 21 comments

    As we enter the dark, cold days of winter, you can still keep up your supply of fresh, highly nutritious food by moving some of your growing inside. With just two or three large jam jars for sprouts and four or five seed trays for leaves you can even be self sufficient in salad. The salad [...]

  • How to grow the best salads at the lowest cost 11 comments

    Good quality, fresh salad is expensive. The good news is that you can grow even higher quality, better flavoured salad at home in containers - all for a tiny fraction of the price (if you use recycled materials, almost free!). And by growing it at home, you can pick it fresh whenever you want it. Salad [...]