Great growers

The Market Gardens of Hackney

May 11, 2012
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The Market Gardens of Hackney

 Growing City had a chat with Paul Bradbury, grower at Growing Communities about the joys of the city growing scheme…   As the grower at Growing Communities, I have the enviable job of running two of our three market gardens.  The gardens are on Hackney park land (Springfield, Allens and Clissold) and between them produce...

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“The eggs are cracking” – why we should all have chickens in our back yards

May 8, 2012
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“The eggs are cracking” – why we should all have chickens in our back yards

Most people have probably considered growing a bit of cress or parsley on their window sills; maybe even a tomato plant. But how many people take urban farming to the next level – and introduce some hens? Apparently more people than you might think. Two keen home-farmers got in touch with us at Growing City via...

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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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Adding spice to your balcony garden

May 5, 2012
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Adding spice to your balcony garden

Sasha Allen, gardening expert, part-time chef and herb growing extraordinare from Balham assures Growing City that balcony-grown herbs are the key to the perfect curry. Her spicy secret? Her home-grown curry leaf herb. “I am a huge curry fan and whilst trips to Brick Lane every week are all well and good, the real authentic flavour comes from...

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Growing the town green

May 5, 2012
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Growing the town green

For all the city grower enthusiasts who are dying to get their hands green but simply don’t have the space, Growing City has found the solution. Meet Jennie and Roger Pecker, a couple living in Angel who have put a new type of city gardening to the test. “Guerilla gardening takes city growing to...

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Q&A with writer Helen Babbs

May 4, 2012
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Helen Babbs is the author of My Garden, The City and Me (See our review here) and regular gardening blogger for the Guardian. We caught up with her to chat about the window box gardening, her work with the Chelsea Fringe festival and yesterday’s civic election.  Ændrew Rininsland / GrowingCity: To start with, where does your interest...

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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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Book Review: My Garden, The City and Me by Helen Babbs

May 1, 2012
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My Garden, The City and Me by Helen Babbs

My Garden, The City and Me by Helen Babbs (£9.99 MSRP, 140 pages, Timber Press) is, as the author describes it, “a book about the glory of growing things, about nature and the ecology of the city.” While it’s certainly that, it’s also the first-year account of a novice gardener learning not just the intricacies...

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Roof-top farming: North London urban farmers share their new growing patch

April 29, 2012
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Gardening enthusiasts in Kentish Town in London have shared with us an insight into their roof-top farming adventure. Medical students Fergus and Charlie have planted dozens of crops and flowers in pots on a large balcony. Their plant collection is only a few months old but already boasts a huge range of plants including...

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Concrete Jungle

January 3, 2012
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Concrete Jungle

Tree lovers have united to celebrate a successful fundraising campaign that supports the growth of over three hundred trees in King’s Cross. John Ashwell, of Wharfdale Road made a plea to residents for funding to help maintain the trees he spent ten years growing. The King’s Cross community were so impressed by his work...

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