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Plenty of rain and sunshine has really helped to produce a fantastic crop of runner beans for our front garden community veg growing project in Finsbury Park, North London.

As you walk through our neighbourhood, growbags full of veg abound, creating our own urban Eden!

This year we gave away free runner bean seeds along with free growbags delivered to front doors, full of rich London Waste compost.

It’s a joy to see that over 100 households are growing vegetables in their front gardens this year, and also using last year’s growbags to expand their veg growing to courgettes,

Jerusalem artichokes and nasturtium

Spinach and corn

Rhubarb

and tomatoes.

Soon, it will be time to have another neighbourhood get together, where everyone is welcome to meet up over tea and cake in a front garden. It’s a fantastic opportunity for neighbours and friends to get to know one another better (and the local community police always drop by for a piece of cake and a natter too) and it’s great to see our local urban community brought closer together through veg growing and cake!

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Yesterday, I spent the whole day with neighbours distributing green growbags (as in pic above) to local residents’ front gardens for this year’s Community veg growing project. Pic above is also part of a 4 page article in Gardening Which? this month. Unfortunately I can’t include a link to their website as it’s for members only, so below I’ve copied and pasted the rest of the article. That’s me above (in pink) in my front garden last May.

Most photos were taken last year during the growbags give-away day in May and at the end of the growing season in August.

This year, we’ve doubled the number of participating households from 50 to 100!

Neighbours can now start growing their beans in the growbags provided, and we’ll get together in a couple of months over tea and cake to catch up at the end of the growing season.

If you want to read more about the project, you can go to the community growing page on my blog.

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Another spring and another ‘Cake Sunday’.


This is the second year of our community veg growing project and many neighbours got together last weekend in a front garden in North London to pick up their free seeds and to discuss the veg growing scheme for this year over tea and cakes.

Last year we experimented with growing corn, squash and runner beans in growbags in front gardens, with the help of a Capital Growth grant.


It was a huge success, especially the runner beans, so this year we’re giving away free runner bean, spinach and radish seeds (thanks to funding received from the Cripplegate Foundation and Islington Gardeners) and as before, large growbags, full of rich compost, will be delivered to residents’ front gardens in a couple of weeks.

We also have a specially concocted mix of annual and perennial wildflower seeds to give away, which we sourced from Landlife Wildflowers, to sow at the base of our street trees. These tree pits really enliven the area and do encourage dog owners to be more responsible about where their dogs do their business!

Once again, one of our local community police officers was on hand to offer support,

and signed up the local police station at the end of our street to join the veg growing scheme.


This year we’re doubling the number of participating households from 50 to 100 as more neighbours are keen to join in growing vegetables and above all, want to get to know other residents in their neighbourhood. As numbers of participating households increase, the Blackstock Triangle area in Finsbury Park is becoming an even more friendly place to live!

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