Sow and Grow with The Conservation Volunteers in Birmingham
During these strange times, The Conservation Volunteers in Birmingham will be encouraging people to grow their own food in their gardens, on windowsills, or at an allotment site. Although TCV are not able to give out seeds, there are lots available on the high street, so you can still pick up seeds when you go grocery shopping!
Project Officer Laura will be doing some videos of seed sowing from her back garden, which will then be uploaded onto Facebook and Twitter. Hopefully these will inspire people to give it a go themselves.
Laura will also be available to assist with email, Facebook or Twitter enquiries with regards to growing food in a range of pots, troughs, planters, and raised beds.
So, what can you grow at home? To make this easier, I will split posts into different food crops, starting with salad. I will also write about root crops, brassicas (cabbage, broccoli, sprouts, etc), and edible flowers.
The easiest way to decide what to grow is to think about what you already buy and eat. Do you and your family like salads? Grow salad! Do you like peas and carrots with your roast dinner? Grow peas and carrots!
You don’t need a lot of room or specialist equipment to grow your own food. Our colleagues in the National Forest have been sharing videos over on their Facebook page covering a range of topics. Click here to go to their Facebook to see them.
This week we will start with salad crops as these are easy to cover, easy to grow, and should give you a reliable harvest from now until October – or even longer if you protect the plants over winter!
Please click the links below to go to the relevant blog post – I will update this as posts go live:
- Salad Growing
- Root Crops
- Peas and Beans
- Edible Flowers
Hints and Tips
If you have any questions, Laura is happy to answer them via email, Facebook or Twitter
Remember to share your pictures with us on Facebook and Twitter too!