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Q&A with vegetable gardener Francis Smith

May 7, 2012
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Francis Smith was born just after his parents founded Veggies in 1984. They ran the vegan catering service straight out of the family kitchen throughout his childhood – it’s still thriving today – so he really knows healthy, sustainable food. One aspect of the business is its long-time association with environment-lovers’ haven Glastonbury. Francis has...

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The (city) kitchen garden

May 3, 2012
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It’s the rainiest April in a century and we are down in the dirt at a suburban version of the traditional English kitchen garden. Expect berries, greens and beans galore in a celebration of all the finest native foods.     Anna and Maz Williams’s Richmond garden is a treasure. They’ve given over their...

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How to: grow mushrooms without fancy equipment

December 15, 2011
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The Basic Version: Baby Buttons or plump portobellos Button and portobello mushrooms are simple to grow, classic and delicious. If you grow your own, you can also choose whether to eat them young and fresh, or leave them until they develop a richer, mature flavour. Why wouldn’t you? Equipment: 60cm x 90cm growing tray,...

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Plants at Alara: the treasures we found by the railway tracks

December 15, 2011
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Permaculture guavas, grapes and goji berries with Alex Smith

December 12, 2011
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“People forget this is where food comes from,” Alex Smith tells me, tapping the earth. “It doesn’t come from supermarket shelves, it grows in there.” Alex, who spends ten hours a week nurturing a garden on his factory’s waste ground, is in no danger of forgetting. Sometimes he walks down his garden, bowl in...

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Growing through the rubble at the King’s Cross skip garden

November 30, 2011
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Next time you’re commuting through King’s Cross, perhaps the least person-friendly station in London, take a look around. Some of the industrial debris has turned into something a bit special: a group of portable allotments, planted in standard issue skips. Tucked away by the Stanley building is the King’s Cross skip garden, urban growing...

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