Wannabe: The “schoolboy errors” of a newbie urban farmer

May 7, 2012
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Growing food at home can be a challenging task for the inexperienced gardener. Selecting appropriate plants, sowing seeds at the right time and keeping them in the best possible conditions can be tough tasks for the uninitiated. And with the fast-pace of modern life it’s all too easy to give up on a failing hobby. We...

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Vertical Farming: Mystery company investing in the futuristic concept

May 6, 2012
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Vertical Farming:  Mystery company investing in the futuristic concept

EXCLUSIVE Vertical farming has become one of the most talked about developments in urban agriculture. The term was first coined in in 1915 in Gilbert Ellis Baily’s book Vertical Farming: “Instead of spreading out over more land he concentrates on less land and becomes an intensive rather than an extensive agriculturist.” Today, the idea...

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Filmmakers release ‘Growing Cities’ movie trailer

May 6, 2012
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Filmmakers in the US have released the trailer for an exciting new documentary about urban farming. The film follows two people’s road trip across the States, meeting dozens of city growers. It examines the importance of urban farming – not just for the good food and benefits to the environment, but also the positive...

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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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