We asked the audience at the recent Gardeners Question Time event to share this top tip for growing food in a low carbon way. Here are the responses:

  1. Harvest as much of your own seeds as possible.  Share any bought seeds and seedlings with friends.
  2. Make your own compost, including eggshells, waste vegetables, shredded paper , etc.  (and make a home for millions of lovely worms).
  3. Plant and forget about it
  4. Give it a try, it will save you a lot of money
  5. Sweep up leaves in autumn and store them in those waste plastic bags/old compost sacks.  Put them in an unused corner of the garden and score them with your garden fork to create holes for water to drain and creatures to go in and out.  After about 1 ½ years you will have leaf mould “compost” or mulch to mix with soil or spread around plants.
  6. Grow your food in an unkempt wildlife friendly area, so that the frogs, toads and slow worms can eat the pests.
  7. Put compost in a tumbler. It makes life harder for rats because it’s closed and off the ground.
  8. Go to the garden centre with your wheelbarrow and leave the car at home
  9. Use your washing up water to water your plants (no bleach though!)
  10. Use chicken wire ‘cloches’ to stop the pigeons getting in first on the salad crops!
  11. Share your surplus seedlings and plants in exchange with other gardeners or just give them away.  No waste.        

Incredible Edible Winchester is WinACC's Food Action group and encourage people to grow thier own food and eat seasaonlly and locally. If you like to receive the seasonal newsletter with events, activities and ideas about local food growing, contact them on incredible.edible@winacc.org.uk