Grow your own food with simple tips from Seven Kings and Goodmayes Allotment Society

The Seven Kings and Goodmayes Allotment Society held its sixth annual allotments festival on Sunday.

Here, chairman P�draig Floyd, offers his tips for simple ways to grow your own food:

There’s nothing quite like home grown fruit and vegetables, and it’s fun to grow your own food. You don’t even have to have a garden – grow food in a window box on a balcony or even a pot on your kitchen windowsill.

Why not try one of these autumn classics:

Garlic – plant garlic to grow over the winter. Simply split a bulb of garlic into cloves and plant it two-and-a-half centimetres below the surface of the soil and 10cm to 15cm apart. Ready in June, it is good in pots, but great for putting in your borders.

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Onions – buy the correct sets (small onions) that grow through winter and plant them like garlic.

Broad beans – sweet and colourful, these couldn’t be simpler. Plant them in pots or borders now as autumn-sown plants are stronger, so you get bigger beans and more of them.

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Potatoes – if you’re feeling more ambitious, plant some potatoes in a large pot or plastic sack and keep them somewhere like a greenhouse or a conservatory. Keep them watered and you have new potatoes for Christmas Day.

If you want to get serious, you could always take on an allotment plot. Be warned – it takes hard work to get one in shape, but it will repay you with fresh produce and a healthy lifestyle in a friendly community.

If you’d like to find out more about getting an allotment email us at and we’ll put you in touch with your nearest allotment.

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