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How to grow courgettes from seed March 06 2016

Courgettes, also known as zucchini, are easy to grow and highly productive. Suitable for planting in pots or grow bags, pollinating insects love the bright-yellow flowers.

How to grow parsnips from seed March 06 2016

This wonderful winter vegetable demands little attention. Sow parsnip seed directly into the ground in a sunny location. Grow in a rich, deep and stone-free soil and avoid freshly manured areas.

How to grow leeks from seed March 06 2016

Leeks are a wonderfully hardy winter vegetable that will happily stay in the ground until needed. Frost tolerant with a long harvesting season, leeks are also a good source of vitamins A and K.

How to grow tomatoes from seed March 06 2016

There are many different types of tomatoes you can grow in the ground, pots or grow bags. Each plant is capable of producing a heavy crop of fruit containing naturally high levels of antioxidants. 

How to grow carrots from seed March 06 2016

Freshly picked carrots are a real homegrown treat packed with vitamin C and beta-carotene. All carrots prefer to grow in a light, free-draining soil free of stones. Short-rooted varieties are the best choice for containers. 

How to grow beetroot from seed March 06 2016

Fresh beetroot is very easy to grow and has a long season. Rich in vitamin A and phytonutrients, it has a deliciously earthy taste. Very easy to grow in the right spot, beetroot even does okay in part-shade.

Six easy vegetables you can grow now May 29 2015

There are lots of tasty vegetables you can grow at this time of the year. Now that the days are getting longer and the soil is getting warmer, it's the perfect time to start sowing seeds so that you can enjoy tasty homegrown crops well into late summer and autumn.

Growing vegetables from seed is rewarding, cheap and easier than you think! With the right conditions, and a bit of luck, anyone can look forward to a successful harvest in even the smallest garden. Here's six easy vegetables to try in your garden this month.


London's underground farm February 19 2015

With land prices higher than ever, how do you grow fresh food in inner-city London? Here's one way – convert an abandoned wartime bomb-shelter into a controlled, hydroponic garden. Freshly-picked herbs and micro-greens can be picked, packed and delivered in a matter of hours to markets across the capital. Hope more cities follow the Growing Underground example.


Karl Blossfeldt's incredible plant photography February 18 2015

Karl Blossfeldt

Can you tell what these strange shapes are? Twisted metal wire perhaps, or sculptural iron railings?

No – they're pumpkin/squash tendrils, those thread-like stems which help climbing plants grow upwards and outwards. Karl Blossfeldt's photographs still surprise and delight.


Upside-down indoor gardens February 17 2015

Sky planters

Image: onekinddesign.com

Fill a room with these space-saving, gravity-defying planters to bring some greenery indoors. A choice of ceramic, recycled and clear at sky planters from the clever people at Boskke.


Shakespeare on Leeks February 16 2015

"If you can mock a leek, you can eat a leek"

So said Fluellen in 'Henry V'. Grow a leek with our Atlanta variety organic seed packets.


A hidden urban farm in the centre of Bristol February 12 2015

The Severn Project (photo: BBC)

Many commuters in and around Bristol's busy Temple Meads train station would be surprised to learn about a thriving market garden growing organic salad just meters from the tracks. The Severn Project not only supplies local restaurants with fresh produce, but it also gives training and jobs to people recovering from drug and alcohol misuse. Be inspired by the Severn Project story.


Enchanting plant illustrations by Emilie Vast February 11 2015

Wild strawberry / le Fraisier des bois

French artist and author Emilie Vast has produced some beautifully illustrated botanical books. This spread showing a wild strawberry plant is from 'L'Herbier d'Emilie Vast'. I'm sure English editions of her work would prove very popular.


3D Chopping board February 10 2015

This 3D cube shape chopping board caught my eye. A very stylish way to slice a carrot, radish or anything else for that matter. Designed in NYC by Bower.


Bond on French Beans February 09 2015

"Red roses for young lovers. French beans for long-standing relationships."
Take Ruskin Bond's advice. Share freshly picked climbing french beans with your loved one this summer.

Guerilla gardening in Los Angeles February 05 2015

This Ted Talk by urban gardener Ron Finley has been viewed over two million times. Watch now to find out why. Planting community vegetable gardens on unused land is a simple, powerful idea – and Ron proves if it can work in Los Angeles it can work anywhere.


The Plant - a journal about ordinary plants and other greenery February 04 2015

Spotted 'The Plant' on-sale in Foyles bookshop. Not your typical gardening magazine, it invites creative people of all disciplines – writers, visual artists, photographers and illustrators – to reflect on their perceptions of plants. Seek out your copy of this sophisticated journal at www.theplant.info


Space-age strawberries February 03 2015

Love these clever Click & Grow smartpots. Even the soil is inspired by NASA. Who doesn't want year-round homegrown strawberries?


Beckett on Radishes February 02 2015

"What do I know of man's destiny? I could tell you more about radishes."

Samuel Beckett knew his roots. Do you know how easy Cherry Belle radishes are to grow?


What gardening can teach us about creativity January 29 2015

Every workplace should had a 'grab and go' edible garden, like this one at IDEO Chicago.

IDEO's Tim Brown knows what design and gardening have in common (clue: it's all about meeting user needs):

  • Gardening is generative, iterative, and user-centered
  • Gardening helps us frame future design challenges
  • Gardening teaches us how to be creative leaders

Want to Be a Creative Leader? Look to the Garden


Delightful leaf playmats for kids January 28 2015

 Play+ leaf playmats

Any child would love these leaf-shape mats designed by Italian company PLAY+. There are ginkgo, cherry and sycamore shapes to choose from in different shades of green. (You can get them in the UK from Feelgood designs).

 


Do Grow – Start with 10 simple vegetables January 27 2015

Want to grow some vegetables for the first time but don't know where to begin? Alice Holden's 'Do Grow' book is for you. Beautifully simple and inspiring. I wish I'd had this when I started out on my plot.


Cezanne on Carrots January 26 2015

"The day is coming when a single carrot freshly observed will set off a revolution."

Paul Cezanne thought so. What will you see in home-grown Early Nantes carrots?


Urban food cartographers January 22 2015

Excellent data journalism site FiveThirtyEight presents the story of 'Falling Fruit', a crowdsourced global map of foraging. Add your own hotspots to help others find free food growing in our cities.