Issue 46: UK & Ireland

Big Garden, Small Space

Since I can remember, plants have been an essential and enjoyable part of my life. My grandmother had two green thumbs, and she knew how to make the most of the little light that her small Montreal apartment granted her. I admired her gardens, indoors and out. Now my kids marvel at the ones we have made and talk about the gardens they will one day create.

The problem? I want more, but I don’t have space. We make the most of our windows, balconies, and limited summer season, but the real trick is to have an indoor garden. If you are reading this, you probably know what I mean. The indoor grow room is the answer to all your gardening needs.

Space limitation always becomes an issue when you are an avid gardener. You need a veg space and a flowering room. What about clones and seedlings? What happens if some plants are sick or have bugs? Do you have a place to quarantine them? Perhaps you also want to grow mushrooms. Where can they go? Mine are in my daughter’s bedroom while she is off to college!

As a Canadian, the idea that I can grow anything in my grow room is fascinating. I can’t imagine life without a garden. This subject is at the core of what Garden Culture is all about. Our mission is to help you be better growers and to help teach people how to use their unique space as effectively and efficiently as possible.

This edition has some great articles, from tissue culture (part 3) and picking an air conditioner for small spaces to lighting, biodynamics, ferments, and so much more. We hope you love this edition as much as we do.

In this issue

Gardd Darna

Pembrokeshire, Welsh County , United Kingdom

Irene Triffitt grew up in the Philippines where her father grew the food for her family in his garden. Now in the UK, Irene is repeating history.

Wesley Burton

Nottingham, East Midlands, United Kingdom

From figs to tomatoes, Wesley Burton loves growing delicious and nutritious fruits on his allotment and inside the controlled environment of his polytunnel.

Mount Pleasant Farm

Pennine, Pudding Lane, United Kingdom

Pennine weather patterns can be wild, but you can’t beat the gorgeous scenery at Mount Pleasant Farm! This permaculture smallholding has much to offer.

Redacre Growing Project

Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge, United Kingdom

Community and biodiversity blossom at the Redacre Growing Project, an allotment cooperative dedicated to growing with nature in mind.

5 Cool Ways To Boost Productivity In Small Grow Rooms

You can definitely achieve big yields in small spaces! There are several things you can do to boost productivity in the grow room. Get started with our guide.

Tight On Space? Try These Small Food Garden Solutions

Urban food gardeners, rejoice! You can still grow your own food in small spaces. Anne Gibson offers tips and tricks for squeezing plants into tight areas.

Boosting Food Sovereignty And Community Growth With Food Forests

It’s small-scale food production following permaculture practices and can be done almost anywhere. Jennifer Cole explains the many benefits of food forests.