Grow Your Own

  1. Growing in small spaces with VegTrug

    Growing in small spaces with VegTrug

    Growing your own food can be a bit of a challenge, especially if you are growing in small spaces. But the guys over at VegTrug have created a fantastic range of products that are perfect for just this! Designed to easily slot against walls or into corners/any unused space you have, they are perfect for anyone looking to start gardening with minimal space. Take a look at what we learned about VegTrugs below, as well as what they can be used for and some excellent tips on growing your own food.

    Our interview with VegTrug

    1. You make a variety of different products, from Planters in a range of styles to raised beds. How does each different product provide a different space for a small garden?

    It all comes down to how much space you can set aside for growing your own. We have the iconic VegTrug which comes in 3 sizes (from 1.8m width down to 75cm) and some customers wanted t

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  2. Talking edibles with The Unconventional Gardener

    Talking edibles with The Unconventional Gardener

    Earlier this month, we were fortunate enough to speak to Emma over at The Unconventional Gardener about growing unusual edible crops and any advice she could give people looking to start growing their own weird and wonderful foods. Emma also spoke about composting and sustainable gardening, giving us plenty of fantastic information to put to work in our own gardens. Check out her interview below.

    Our interview with The Unconventional Gardener

    1. We can see how much you’re interested in unusual edible crops. What made you decide to go down that route of gardening?

    When I bought my first house I was interested in the environment and food miles, but the garden was in a dire state. Whilst we dealt with that I started to grow a few edible plants in pots on the patio. To begin with it was all familiar things - potatoes, herbs and garlic. Then I bought some leaf beet seeds because

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  3. The ultimate guide to growing your own

    The ultimate guide to growing your own

    Over the years, growing your own food has become a part of everyday life for many people. Between the history of allotments continuing into today, and more and more people becoming actively interested in what goes into their food and where their food comes from, the grow your own craze is picking up traction.

    Saving the planet and living sustainably is part of it, as is saving money But the key reason most people go in for edible gardening is that you can’t beat the taste of your own home-grown food. Pick it when it’s perfectly ripe and you’ll have unbeatable flavour. And if you’ve got kids, they’ll try things they’d never think to eat otherwise if they’ve grown them.

    Home is where the plants are

    The easiest place to start for the novice gardener is the kitchen. In fact, many people have already done this with the potted herb plants that are sold in supermarkets. Potting herbs and putting them together in something like a 

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  4. Flowers to grow with vegetables

    Flowers to grow with vegetables

    Companion planting is a concept whereby the growth of some plants benefits others, e.g. flowers and vegetables, which is becoming more and more popular all the time. Certain flowers are planted next to, or among, rows of vegetables in order to attract beneficial insects like bees (both bumblebees and honeybees), butterflies and moths to assist with pollination or especially to keep pests out. This category includes ground beetles, lacewings and hoverflies.

    Other benefits include providing shade and additional nutrients. A good tip to ensure that bees (the best pollinators) find your veggie patch is to plant flower species offering high nectar concentrations such as cosmos, zinnias, clover (often used in organic farming as it provides good nitrogen for the soil) and blue lace flowers near or among the vegetables during all seasons. The benefit to your fruit orchard or vegetable garden is immeasurable. At the same time, the bees will pollinate your flowers and do their bit to

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  5. Growing your own food

    Growing your own food

    We all love our gardens or would love to have one. There's nothing better than being sat in your summer house and admiring our work.

    There is, however, a growing movement towards grow food from a very urban setting in the UK. From growing carrots to courgettes, tomatoes or even squashes, the function of our gardens is changing.

    There are many benefits from growing your own food. For one it will reduce your weekly shopping bill, but will also cut your carbon footprint. No to mention the health benefits from all the outdoor exercise you'll get.

    Last week, the Metro reported on a community scheme in the small town of Todmorden in West Yorkshire. The scheme has involved using public land to grow food, which is freely available to the public. Volunteers tend to the many trees and vegetable patches throughout the town.

    You won't need a whole town to get started, you don't even need a large garden. You can grow food in a mini greenhouse, planter or window bo

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