Twitter: thecityplanter

Grow Your Own

peanut ph_edited-1 px

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.

city farm header px

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.

disabled garden Thislldome header

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.

header px

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.

grains_tom_moggach px
grain store header

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.

nuts header

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.

rabbit_sandwich_story_restaurant px

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.

vine weevil bramblejungle

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.


Grow greens, feel great!

by Emma Cooper

Once the dread menace of school dinners, greens are having their moment of glory. Packed with nutrients, they have captured the imaginations of chefs and celebrities alike and can now be found in every guise from green juices to crisps. When it comes to growing greens, there’s a huge variety to choose from for each season so you can reap their benefits all year round.