Vertical Vegetable Growing
With allotment waiting list running at 40 years in parts of London and getting longer all the time in other cities- here’s a truly inspiring blog http://www.verticalveg.org.uk/. Mark Ridsdill-Smith demonstrates that with careful planning it’s possible to grow your own in the smallest of spaces. He’s even done the sums and proved that aside from the pleasure and satisfaction of growing edible plants it’s actually cost-effective. He gives advice on containers, compost types, watering schedules, the need to check for weight-bearing and drainage etc. He offers a planting plan as a guide for what to grow where and a time-table of what to plant and when. He’s frank about failures but the images illustrate his project has been hugely successful. Above all he has greened up a small space to the benefit of insects, neighbours, the planet, and at the same time grown a considerable amount of food for his family.
My neighbour’s wonderful Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’ is about to burst into flower. The shiny, evergreen leaves are edged in cream which set off the deep pink flowers. It’s sheltered by a wall since it’s prone to cold and positioned near the house to benefit from the delicious scent.