Tanya, Grow Your Neighbour’s Own’s veg doctor, has written a short guide for beginners on how to get started with growing veg, which you can find here. Also Hedvig from Get Growing, an organisastion that teaches people how to grow food when you don’t have a garden, has written us a guide to growing food in small spaces.
Harvest Brighton & Hove are now running a series of subsidised one-day courses throughout the first half of this year, including: Planning the Productive Plot, Grow Your Own Year-Round Veg and Organic Gardening For Beginners. See here for a full list and more information.
If you haven’t yet been found a pairing, or it you’d like to find out more about growing at a community allotment, here are a few you could go along to:
Whitehawk Community Food Project
Workdays for anyone to come along are Thursdays and Sundays from 12–dusk, rain or shine at the site on Whitehawk Hill. For more information and the location of the plot see their website:
Transition Brighton & Hove allotment
Workdays are the 1st Saturday of each month – the plot is located right next door to the Whitehawk Community Food Project on Whitehawk hill (see website above). This site needs a lot of clearing but is a great space to get involved with especially if you are new to growing.
Moulsecoomb Forest Garden
A community food project based at Moulsecoomb Place allotments (just behind Moulsecoomb train station). They have open days to which anyone can just turn up and get stuck in (beginners very welcome). More on the website at www.seedybusiness.org
Other organisations & websites
Brighton & Hove Organic Gardeners Group
Not-for-profit community organisation promoting organic gardening to the local communities of Brighton and Hove. They organize a variety of events throughout the year including garden visits, workshops, plant swaps and seasonal celebrations. Sign up for their newsletter, or becoming a member gives you free access to most of their events, discounts on organic composts and fertilizers, a copy of each newsletter in the post and priority bookings and discounts on all their trips and workshops.
See also their many useful links about other gardening organisations and suppliers
Allotment Growing: Vegetable, Fruit and Herb Gardening on an Allotment
Good site which includes a guide of what you need to do in the garden month-by-month
The Windowbox Allotment
Useful tips on how to grow and enjoy fruit and veg grown on your windowsill (from Grow Your Neighbour’s Own’s Nick Fry)
Royal Horticulture Society’s Grow Your Own site
Seed to Plate
Rather nifty website which helps you design a plot for your veg growing, and includes video growing lessons
National organisation supporting community food projects
The Seed Ambassador’s guide to saving seeds (PDF)
The Veg Exchange
Once you’ve got started and are harvesting veg, here’s a way of swapping your excess