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 [...]
What you can grow in shady spaces
Four tricks to ensure your seedlings get enough light
If you've tried starting seeds on a window sill inside, you might have found that they grow thin and weak looking? If so, this is a common issue, particularly in urban areas. Surrounding buildings or trees cast shade, reducing the light. This creates a problem if you're trying to raise seedlings inside as they need [...]
Where to buy seeds and UK seed swaps 2013
If you are growing in a small urban space you may be wondering where to get your seeds this season. When I started growing, I had no idea! I headed first to the local garden centre. Confronted by a huge wall of seeds I remember a sense of confusion. Where to start? Which varieties work [...]
How to look after and feed your wormery
Wormeries are easy to run once you get the knack - you just need a bit of practise and info to get you on the right track. I must confess to killing two whole colonies (traumatic days!) before I went to the library to get a book on how to do it. Here’s the essential, [...]
How do you stop hanging baskets drying out?
If you're looking to fill gaps or take advantage of higher sunny spaces in your growing space, hanging baskets can be a good solution. They can also look great. The big issue with hanging baskets is that they dry out quickly. This is a problem when growing vegetables - as most like plenty of water! [...]
How do I start my container garden?
If you're growing in a new place, or for the first time, you may be thinking, 'what's the first thing I need to do to get started?'. A little time to observe and learn about your growing space is time well invested - and a good idea before going out to find pots and seeds. [...]