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 [...]
How much food can you grow in pots?
The ONE thing you MUST do when starting a new container garden
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
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 [...]
The Balcony of Bangladesh – in London!
Imagine growing up in a tropical climate like that of Bangladesh. Your family has a strong history of food growing and you have enough land to supply all your fruit and vegetables. Seeds are bursting to sprout and grow at almost anytime of year. Then imagine moving to a small flat in London with [...]
How much can you grow on a balcony?
Over the summer I found time to analyse last year's harvests from my small balcony and window sills (more details in 2010 growing diary). Below is a table that shows you the weight of each of the main crops. The table also shows you what this equates to in terms of typical supermarket packs. As [...]
Eight pieces of learning
I love the way you are always learning when growing. Here's eight lessons from the last twelve months (May 2010 - May 2011) from the Vertical Veg balcony and window sills. 1.The most valuable and productive crops were: salad (£330), tomatoes (£250), and herbs (£133). Runner beans (£47) and courgettes (£25) also produced good yields [...]