Grow Your Own

The food revolution happening beneath your feet

by Lucy Purdy

Just 33 metres beneath London’s streets, under Clapham’s cocktail bars and relentless traffic, a subterranean farm is taking root. Using the latest hydroponic systems and LED technology, micro-salads are being grown in a network of forgotten air raid shelter tunnels, the leaves destined for the plates of the capital’s top restaurants. Not convinced about your food being grown underground? The entrepreneurial duo behind Growing Underground believe it’s a sign of things to come -the “agricultural revolution” of the future.

Spice up your pots with some unusual edibles

by Emma Cooper

“Whatever space you’ve got, it starts with a pot”, the Horticultural Trades Association is telling us this year – and for many gardeners it ends with a pot as well. If you’re a fan of going potty on the patio, weeding on the windowsill or battling bugs on the balcony then here are some more exciting edibles you can grow in containers this year.

Community growers raise funds as well as foods


City farms and community gardens do sterling work, but in the current economic climate, ingenuity is required to generate income to sustain their activities. FCFCG (The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens) tells us how some of their members have been trying to plug the funding gap.

Grow your own with Gardening for Disabled Trust


Disability needn’t mean that you cannot enjoy gardening. Angela Goddard from Gardening for Disabled Trust highlights how gardeners have benefitted from the work of the Trust to sustain their pleasure in growing plants and vegetables and getting out and about in the garden.

Winter pruning for fruit trees

by Emma Cooper

Pruning is sometimes seen as one of the ‘dark arts’ of gardening, with complicated instructions and diagrams making it harder than assembling flat-pack furniture. But if you know why you’re pruning your fruit trees, and what you want to achieve, then it need not be such a stressful winter chore.

Growing their own at Grain Store: Bruno Loubet and Julie Riehl

by Tom Moggach

A sense of King’s Cross’ food heritage is returning: commuters stroll past living walls and micro orchards; food gardens float on canal barges; and diners are flocking to the new Grain Store restaurant and its wonderful edible terrace garden.

Nutty about nut trees for small gardens

by Emma Cooper

If you’re just nutty about nuts then you might be thinking about adding some to your garden, but it’s not as easy as you might think. A lot of our favourite nuts are tropical plants, and although there are several nut varieties that are hardy enough to grow in the UK, most of them make very large trees and aren’t suitable for small gardens. You don’t have to miss out entirely, though, as there are one or two nuts that will fit the bill.

Pickles: how to make a proper pickle

by Tom Moggach

Once condemned to the footnotes of gastronomy, the humble pickle has now become the epitome of foodie chic.

Garden pests: how to do battle with the bugs

by Emma Cooper

The more time you spend with your plants, the more likely you are to spot pests and diseases. Swift action in the early stages of an attack can often save your crop.