Vegetable growing articles

Aug
4
2021
Alice Brown

Want to work for a great veg box scheme in the south of England?

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Want to work for a great veg box scheme in the south of England? Actually it’s our veg box scheme. And it’s a bag not a a box. Each week we get a bag full of organic fruit and veg from Sutton Community Farm. If you live in south London, I really recommend them. Lovely delivery people, and the quality of the food is really noticeable. Plus we’re helping support a community-based business, swimming against the corporate tide. Read more …

Jul
8
2021
SallyMorgan

In praise of parsnip flowers and seeds

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What are those yellow flowers?  Its a common question asked by visitors to the plot at this time of year. The eye-catching flowers that tower above everything else are parsnips.  It’s a shame that more don’t keep their parsnips in the ground overwinter and let them flower. Not only are they attractive plants with their clouds of yellow umbels, but there other benefits too.
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Feb
25
2021
Sarah Young

How to start a community garden: Part 3

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In the final instalment of how to start a community garden with Ethical.net, it’s time to address the key issues of planning and design, as well as how to make sure it’s sustainable in every way. Read more …

Feb
17
2021
Sarah Young

How to start a community garden: Part 2

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We explore the nuts and bolts of how to start a community garden with Ethical.net, this time tackling finding a site and first steps towards sourcing funding. Read more …

Feb
10
2021
Sarah Young

How to start a community garden: Part 1

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With the UK lockdown ongoing, many of us will be dreaming of days when we can once again be out and about and active in our local community. With this in mind, we share a series from Ethical.net exploring how to start a community garden. Read more …

Nov
25
2020
Scarlett Penn

Paid internship opportunity with Vallis Veg for 2021

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Our friends at WWOOF UK share news of a 2021 internship opportunity with the fab folks at Vallis Veg in northeast Somerset. Read more …

Oct
7
2020
Sarah Young

Sustainable alternatives to garden lawns: Part 2

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In this second look at sustainable alternatives to garden lawns, we hear from our friends at Ethical.net about growing your own food, keeping the kids happy and more. Read more …

Aug
12
2020
Sophie Paterson

Zero food miles, zero packaging and plenty more: in praise of allotments

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Monday marked the beginning of National Allotments Week 2020, at a time when the number of prospective allotmenteers far exceeds the number of available allotments. So what do allotments have to offer that means so many of us are itching to get our hands dirty? Read more …

Aug
5
2020
Sophie Paterson

Keeping communities growing: how to get involved

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With huge changes demanded by the Covid-19 pandemic, community gardens and growing spaces up and down the country are adapting to new realities. Here’s how you can support and get involved in their work to keep communities growing. Read more …

Apr
22
2020
Sarah Young

How and why to grow a food forest in your garden

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With many of us taking steps to grow our own food right now, some for the first time, our friends at Ethical.net set out how and why to grow a food forest in your garden. Read more …

Mar
4
2020
Sarah Young

A guide to composting: methods for composting outdoors

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Are you ready to make compost in your back garden? From hot to cold composting and more besides, our friends at Ethical.net share how you can make the most of composting outdoors. Read more …

Feb
23
2020
Chris Huskins

Small farms, land co-ops and farm housing: Chris Huskins of Fanfield Farm

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Today I’m talking with Chris Huskins of Fanfield Farm – an Ecological Land Co-op plot – who is going to build his own house on his smallholding. He’s also trading using mutual credit, via the Open Credit Network. Read more …

Feb
12
2020
Sarah Young

A guide to composting: methods for composting indoors

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Thought not having a garden meant there was little point in composting? Think again! Having covered the basics of composting in Part 1 of the series, Ethical.net take a look at different ways of composting indoors. Read more …

Nov
27
2019
Sarah Young

How to start a small garden in your apartment (Part 2)

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Just what can you grow indoors? Plenty, it turns out. Ethical.net continue their guide to starting a small garden in your apartment. Catch up with Part 1 here. Read more …

Nov
13
2019
Sarah Young

How to start a small garden in your apartment (Part 1)

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Living in an urban flat with no access to outdoor space and yearn for greenery? Our friends at Ethical.net have got it covered with their guide to how to start a small garden in your apartment. Read more …

Jan
10
2019
Lesley Anderson

Life on Birchwood Croft: tales of smallholding in the Scottish Highlands

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Lesley Anderson learns about the ups and downs of life for crofters Beth and Tim Rose at Birchwood Croft in the Scottish Highlands.

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Jan
3
2019
Ed Hamer

Chagfood community market garden apprenticeships on offer in 2019

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Could 2019 be the year you learn how to set up and run a community market garden? Chagfood, a CSA scheme based in Chagford, Devon, is offering two apprenticeship opportunities from April to October. Read more …

Sep
13
2018
Craig Bayne

A woodland classroom for north London – help OrganicLea make it happen!

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OrganicLea are planning a woodland classroom but need your help to make it happen. Craig Bayne tells us more about how you can get involved with this fantastic opportunity to create more space for nature-based learning and food growing skills in north east London. Read more …

Sep
11
2018
Maresa Bossano

Celebrate a bumper harvest at a CSA Open Day this autumn

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We hear from Maresa Bossano about the CSA Open Day events promising fun, friendship and the opportunity to learn about your local community farm this autumn. Read more …

Jun
17
2018
Pete Blunsdon

How to build your own aquaponics greenhouse – Part 3

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In Part 3 of his how to build your own aquaponics greenhouse adventure, Root Cause Organic’s Pete Blunsdon covers the all important growing media, the plants and the fish. Read more …

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