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  • 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. [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • How much food can you grow in pots? 8 comments

    To show that it's possible to grow lots of food - even if you don't have a garden - I've been measuring the weight and value of the food grown in containers in our small concrete back yard in Newcastle, UK, from 1 May to 31 October this year. This continues the experiments I did [...]

  • The ONE thing you MUST do when starting a new container garden 3 comments

    One of the first things I did when I started growing food on my balcony was to spend a lot of time and effort building a huge container out of wood. I later discovered that the place I'd built it got less sun than anywhere else on the balcony. Big mistake! The lesson I learnt [...]

  • Six lessons from a difficult growing year 11 comments

    If you've had a difficult year trying to grow food, you're not alone. In the UK, low light levels and a cold, wet summer have made it one of the worst growing years for decades. For those of you growing in other parts of the world, you may have experienced even more difficult challenges. If [...]