Eating locally grown produce is a great way to reduce food miles, emissions and packaging. You can’t get more local than if you grown your own! If you have even a little space, then growing your own fruit, vegetables and herbs can be extremely satisfying and help reduce your foods carbon footprint.

Grow your own – whether herbs on a windowsill or a full veg patch – you and the planet will benefit!

Many people like the idea of growing their own produce, but don’t know where to start. There are a number of groups and communities you can get involved with, who can give you advice:

Homegrown Gardening Group – This is a free gardening group for anyone interested in growing their own fruit and vegetables, herbs of edible flowers. Organised by Theresa from Homegrown Market Garden. Theresa has also written these handy tips and tricks articles during 2021 to help guide us through the growing season:

March tips – Planning and preparing your beds
April tips – Planting and protecting your seedlings
May tips – Weeding, watering and weather prooding
June tips – Sun, squashes and saving water
July tips – Fresh salads, curly kale and butterflies
August tips – Harvest, tidy and plant winter greens
September tips – Quick crops and planning ahead

Local businesses & groups to get you started

There are a number of businesses and community groups dedicated to encouraging home grown produce. Take a look below for ones local to you.

Incredible Edible Ludlow – Community gardening to create edible gardens in public spaces.

Incredible Edible Wem – Community gardening to create edible gardens in public spaces.

Nancy Lowe, The Natural Gardener – RHS qualified organic gardener, award winning garden designed and permaculturalist. Offering services to help you get a thriving garden with consultations and gardening courses. Based south of Shrewsbury.

Shrewseeds -Seed and plant swapping facebook group for Shrewsbury and surrounding areas.

Shropshire Organic Gardeners – A friendly community of individuals interested in organic gardening. Monthly meetings and various days out. Shrewsbury based.

Shropshire Master Composters – Volunteers who encourage home composting and waste prevention.

Street Allotment Project – Not for profit community vegetable gardens based throughout Shrewsbury.

Telford Swap and Grow – An online facebook group sharing surplus seeds and plants.

Homegrown Market Garden – provides sustainably grown vegetable, herb and fruit plants. Bridgnorth based.

Do you know of a local community gardening projects, please let us know!

Run an eco gardening service or are you a fruit and vegetable seed/plant supplier in Shropshire? Get listed for FREE:

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Caroline Talbot
Author: Caroline Talbot