Where to garden if you don’t have one, Part 2

In the first part of where to garden I covered garden share schemes and community gardens. These are the obvious first choices but they are by no means all there is to offer for the garden-less gardener.

Grow your food for free by Dave Hamilton

Gardening indoors
Taken from grow your food for free

You may well grow indoor house-plants, but perhaps seldom think about growing indoor vegetables. Yet a surprising amount of
produce can be grown indoors, on windowsills, in well-lit porches, in conservatories and under skylights. Modern homes are quite often full of natural light in the daytime and are heated in the winter, making them the perfect growing place for an indoor vegetable garden.

Some indoor crops

Herbs can be grown on a kitchen windowsill so they are to hand when cooking. Basil, mint, chives, thyme and
parsley are all suitable for home growing.

Salad leaves Try either whole lettuces in flowerpots or a tray of mixed leaves. Winter leaves such as rocket, mizuna and
mibuna can all be grown on a windowsill.

Mini root crops Compact varieties of beetroot and carrots have been developed, and Japanese varieties of turnips are no
bigger than a ping-pong ball. They will need to be in a large trough rather than a small pot.

Guerrilla gardening

What many local councils would prefer to see

Grey urban landscapes can suddenly be transformed by the wash of colour from flowers, shrubs and even food plants. What’s more, as there is zero rent or yearly subscription to pay, it can be a totally free way to garden.

The downside is it is technically illegal, it seems the practice of removing waste, clearing brambles and weeds to plant flowers and shrubs can by some be seen as criminal damage.

For more information on Guerrilla gardening visit Richard Reynold’s excellent website

Do you garden somewhere unconventionally? We would love to hear your comments if you do!

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