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Growing your own

25 March 2014

Growing your own vegetables is hot news and you don't even need a garden

It’s been a weekend of seed sowing, potting-on, and mulching in my fruit and vegetable garden.  Getting all this sorted, and listening to the Gardeners Question Time team at the Edible Garden Show, got me thinking about how many gardeners produce their own food at home or on their allotments.

The Soil Association estimates about 80% of UK households have a garden, but only about 20% of them produce food.  That’s quite a contrast with the situation during WW2 when about 50% of the nation’s food needs came from gardens and allotments.

I wonder how many families are using garden food production to help them with their household budgets and keeping food on the table?  A quick websearch found some amazing schemes for people without gardens to get access to land (look at the Landshare project for example).

Growing your own veg is hot news.  Flat-dwellers can grow vegetables in containers and up walls, or on their balconies. Anyone can grow micro-greens on a kitchen windowsill.  Mark Ridsdill Smith set himself the challenge of growing £500 of food in a year without a garden.  He beat his target by a long way - he managed to grow £899 worth of food!

In the Genus garden, we always produce much more than we can eat.  And it's sometimes difficult to harvest at exactly the right time so we end up with veg that is past its best.  But nothing gets wasted and in our garage is an enormous chest freezer full up with at least twenty different types of soup, containers of stewed fruit and carefully packed portions of vegetables.

The next project is egg-laying chickens.  I can't wait.

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Great blogs for growing vegetables

19 September 2013

Growing carrotsGrowing your own vegetables is a great way to ensure you know exactly where your 5 a day is coming from, so with that in mind, here are a few of the web’s best blogs for growing vegetables – filled with tips, inspiration and tempting photographs.


With the strapline ‘grow. cook. eat.’ it’s no wonder that this blog is filled with DIY projects, gardening guides and a section related to growing your own herbs – try the clever indoor herb garden or whip up something tasty from the recipes section.


This inspirational blog includes tips on growing your own vegetables, ideas and recipes for pickling and gardening advice posts on how to spot pests and disease, as well as some fabulous food photography!

The Rusted Vegetable Garden

Looking for tips on growing tomatoes, how to start seeds indoors or the perfect way to plant radishes? Then this blog will become your new best friend.  It even links to a YouTube channel filled with gardening advice.

Grow Our Own

Less of a how-to blog and more of an inspirational diary of one woman’s experience with gardening as therapy, this blog is filled with pictures and information about the benefits of growing your own vegetables and herbs.

Pippa’s Gardening News

This blog is part of Pippa Greenwood’s informative site, with information on growing vegetables, tips and tricks, information on pests and disease and plenty of great photography to inspire you.

Well, we don’t know about you but Team Genus is feeling peckish now! If you enjoy growing your own vegetables, we’d love to hear about your efforts. Leave us a comment and tell us what you’re growing!

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