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UK’s five million flats offer 600 acres of growing space

23. July 2009

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UK’s five million flats offer 600 acres of growing space

UK’s five million flat dwellers have the biggest challenge when it comes to finding space to grow food at home, but , according to the National Trust, there are over 600 acres of growing space available on window sills in the UK for “grow your own” . The window sill space is equivalent to 344 […]

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Big Lunch promotes human warming

20. July 2009

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Yesterday was the day when the Eden Project suggested that we all get together to share a meal, using  produce that we have grown ourselves or, that has been locally sourced. The idea came from one of my favourite Eden gurus – Tim Smit who wanted to promote “human warming.” He summed it up when […]

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Londoners Grow Their Own in Handbags

12. July 2009

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Londoners Grow Their Own in Handbags

Here are some of the weird and wonderful ideas for growing your own produce on the Capital Growth stand at the Hampton Court Flower Show. They really were creative using everything from  briefcases, handbags, lampshades and hats to re-cycling cartons, tins and just about anything else that will retain water. Everything is planted with small […]

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London Capital Growth – recycle and grow your own

10. July 2009

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London Capital Growth  – recycle and grow your own

Capital Growth is all about using everyday items to grow a few veggies or planting in unusual places like these wonderful runner beans above, doing fine on a wall supported by old supermarket trays for drainage. Its a new organisation set up by journalist turned smallholder Rosie Boycott and Mayor Boris Johnson to open 2012 […]

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Roof launched

30. June 2009

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Roof launched

We finished the main build last week in time for the launch party, which went splendidly. The roof garden is now up and running. Now the fun begins – we are working on an irrigation system and we have all the materials ready to build a keyhole garden. The sun last week dried our beds […]

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…in the sky

19. June 2009

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…in the sky

Big work this week – we moved the remaining 3 or 4 tonnes of compost into our storage area to be used later as we build more beds. Big thank yous to Sarah, Anna, Huw, Jessica and Saoirse. We brought the rest of the plants fully out into the weather last weekend. They’ve all responded […]

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Allotment in the Sky

10. June 2009

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Allotment in the Sky

The Bash Building near Old Street  is the site for the City’s hot new green gardening project. The aptly named Harrison Leaf, an innovative graduate in Food Anthropology and a fan of Urban Agriculture, is building an organic roof top allotment using only re-cycled materials together with 8 tons of compost donated from the North […]

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Eco gardening secrets from Africa

9. June 2009

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Eco gardening secrets from Africa

An excellent charity called Send a Cow, have developed a unique method of growing vegetables in a keyhole garden using knowledge from African Farmers. They won a silver medal at the BBC Gardeners World Exhibition with their display which aims to save water and grow vegetables in a small area such as a patio or […]

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RHS Grow their Own underwear at Hampton Court Show

26. May 2009

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Bras, briefs and boxer shorts donated to Chelsea Flower Show By Louise Gray , Daily Telegraph Bra Photo: RHS The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) asked visitors to the Chelsea Flower Show to donate clean unwanted bras, boxer shorts and jockey pants for its summer Grow Your Own campaign. Dozens handed in old underwear which will […]

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Feeling the heat on the allotment

24. May 2009

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Feeling the heat on the allotment

Temperatures reached 22c this afternoon when I visited The Village to see how Steve’s veg planting is going. The seedlings started life in pots in his courtyard garden back in April but he is gradually putting them out into the ground now the risk of frost has gone. The runner beans are on their way […]

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