Whether you are a seasoned food grower or if you are just starting out, we hope you will find our food growing resources useful. Please let us know if you have any specific requirements or if you have some resources that you would like to share with the community get in touch.
This week we celebrate the “Pesticide Action Week” and we‘d love to engage as many people as we can to promote the use of natural remedies and alternative methods to pesticides.
Pesticides are used as pest and disease control in agriculture, but they can be harmful for humans, animals and the environment. Our aim is to raise awareness of the potential risks of using pesticides in our green space as well as showing you healthier alternatives. It’s definitely worth investigating natural ways of growing and gardening.
Sometimes the most efficient methods for doing a job are also the simplest! Do ...
Dear friend and grower,
Having worked with plants (and people) for some time now, I can feel your excitement for the end of this rainy and sometimes snowy January and your desire to start a new growing year.
Everybody is dreaming of a vibrant Spring to come, where we can enjoy our green space filled with blooms and vegetables. Even for beginners the desire to get going is strong. You might have spotted some new flowers in a field and thought: That’s it! Spring is here, it’s time to sow seeds and start off new plants.
But...before you get going, there are ...
So Autumn is definitely here - with cooler temperatures, some rain (finally), and shorter days.
From a gardener’s point of view, autumn is the most rewarding month - it’s when we get to enjoy our harvest, a great reward for the months of hard work. I hope that our “Keep Growing” campaign has helped to foster a new passion for gardening, learning new skills and given you some delicious produce to enjoy..
Your home grown vegetables are an amazing resource and not just in terms of being able to enjoy fresh, organic food. It’s a starting point to really engage in ...
WHY ARE BEES IMPORTANT?
Bees are our main pollinators, pollinating a third of the food we eat and 80% of flowering plants. Pollination is crucial because many of our vegetables, fruits and the crops that feed our livestock rely on it to be fertilised, so without it, we could go hungry.
Bees pollinate a third of the food we eat and 80% of flowering plants and they produce honey!
WHICH PLANTS CAN I GROW TO HELP BEES?
If you are going to plan a “bee friendly” garden you should consider growing:
Plants that bloom in WINTER or EARLY SPRING
SINGLE PETAL FLOWERS offering a large platform ...
Food Growing Tips - find out how the Square Foot Garden Method can maximise your planting space. This simple method is great for containers and pots too.
FOLLOW CLYO'S FOOD GROWING TIPS
Square foot gardening is a great gardening method for beginners and people with limited room for growing. It was invented by the gardener, American author and TV presenter Mel Bartholomew in the 1970’s.
How to use the square foot gardening method
It's really only a question of dividing your bed or container in to a grid of 1 foot squares (or in today's terms 30cm squares). The diagram on the right ...
Food Growing Tips - Read and watch our video on how to protect your plants and seedlings with our tips on natural pest control.
June is a busy time for gardeners and growers. There are seedlings ready to be planted out, plants that need to be watered and outdoor spaces to be tidied. Not to mention the problem of slugs, snails and aphids as well as other animals.
During the last “Grower’s Question Time” many of you told me that you had problems with cats and squirrels.
“How can we protect our plants from cats and squirrels digging everything up?”
By definition ...
Find out what to plant when in this easy to use calendar HERE.
HOW TO GROW TOMATOES
In this short video Clyo shares how to grow tomatoes.
HOW TO GROW BEETROOT & CHARD
In this short video Clyo shares how to grow beetroot and chard.
HOW TO GROW COURGETTES
In this short video Clyo shares how to grow courgettes and squash.
HOW TO TAKE CUTTINGS
In this short video Clyo shares how to get plants for free.
HOW TO WATER
In this short video Clyo shares how to water your seedlings and plants.
PRICKING OUT YOUR SEEDLINGS
In this short video Clyo shares how to prick out your seedlings.
GROW ROCKET AND MUSTARD
In this short video Clyo shares how to grow rocket and mustard.
NATURAL PEST CONTROL
In this short video Clyo shares how control pests.
SQUARE FOOT GARDEN
In this short video Clyo explains the square foot garden method.
Clyo talks about fertiliser and how to keep your plants in tip top health.
Clyo talks about how to keep your plants healthy.
HOW TO PRUNE COURGETTES
Clyo talks about how to prune courgette plants.
HOW TO PRUNE TOMATOES
Clyo talks about how to prune bush and cordon tomato varieties.
FLOWERS AND POLLINATION
Clyo talks about pollination and how to ensure your plants are pollinated to produce fruit and seeds.
10 QUESTIONS ABOUT COMPOST
Everything you need to know about compost.
Yes you can grow edibles in the Autumn! Find out what you can grow in the cooler months ahead.
BOKASHI BIN – MAKE YOUR OWN FERTILISER IN YOUR KITCHEN
How to produce your own plant fertiliser in your kitchen – using a Bokashi Bin!
Find out how to save seeds for free!
Everything you need to know about autumn bulbs.
Everything you need to know about soil and how to test what type of soil you have.
BROAD BEANS AND PEAS
Everything you need to know about sowing broad beans and peas.
KEEP GROWING – HOW TO USE COIR PELLETS
In this short video Maddy shares how to plant seeds using coir pellets.
LOCAL RESOURCE DIRECTORY FOR GARDENS AND GROWERS
Check out our directory of local city farms, community gardens, compost, volunteer support for gardens, and more. DOWNLOAD HERE
LIVE WELL RECIPES
Every week Clyo will share a new recipe. From low cost pesto, to French beans with coconut – all are simple to prepare and budget friendly. HERE
OTHER USEFUL RESOURCES
5 TIPS FOR MEAL PLANNING
Clyo shares her top tips for making a weekly plan for meals and shopping. HERE
London Grows Wild: A guide to wildlife-friendly food growing