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I’ve No Garden

Thats ok neither do we! It’s what we specialise in.

Anyone with a small outdoor space with a little sun whether it’s a balcony, patio, or a few window sills - can grow a substantial proportion of their fresh food in containers.

Growing your own food reduces waste (you only pick what you need) and you’re not buying excess plastic. Other food waste like coffee grounds and compostables can also be recycled in a composter to create fertiliser.

Growing in containers offers all the benefits of food growing, but with the bonus that it is quite literally on your doorstep. It also means you can arrange your containers for optimal sunlight depending on what you’re growing.

 

In the early twentieth century, at the peak of victory gardens, 40% of all fresh produce came from people
and their gardens. We are currently at about 2%.

Growing Food

Information and articles about growing your own.



Where to Start

These fail proof crops will get you started and leave you feeling sucessful after your first growing season.

Garden Soil



The soil in which you grow your veg and fruits is vital to its sucess as a crop. Who knew soil could be so important and diverse.

Community Garden



Community gardens are cropping up all over Dublin. The benefits are well documented so if you would like to chip in learn how here.

Window Farms



You can grow food if you don’t have a balcony, use recycled materials in the process, while also getting fresh saladgreens all year round.

Small Spaces



Depending on the space available to you, you can customise what and how you grow to what is availble. Here are some tips and tricks for growing in different small spaces.

Cheap Food

The price of cheap food is always paid either by the animal, farmer, consumer, supermarket, the only person who seems to benefit is the corporation or business

Garden Planning

Planning your garden for you and the space you have. The vegetables you choose and the time you want to put in.

Companions

Some plants just absolutely love each other. They GrowUp together and thrive if their roots occupy a different depth of soil. For urban farming this is perfect, especially in containers.

Sucession Planting

Timing and keepig track of what is planted what is propogating and what to seed is vital to a continuous supply of herbs fruits and veg.

Raised Beds



Raising your beds if you do have garden space or even a patio are makes gardening that little bit easier and more efficient

Compost Recycling



Growing food is a cycle, many waste products can be used again as fertilisers and nutrients so that nothng ever ends up in a bin

Kitchen Garden

Kitchen Gardens are categorised into various meanings, we call a kitchen garden a window box or farm that
provides salad and herbs

Container Gardens



The lack of space in Urban settings is the main reason people in cities believe they can’t grow their own food.

Sustainable Food?

There is a fundamental problem with our food system. Its current practices are unsustainable.

The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is the EU legislation dealing with agriculture and food. Agriculture is only a small factor in food. What happens after the farm gate, how much energy is used, if it is trucked up and down — all these factors are related to sustainability.

But the CAP doesn’t address them.The Common Agricultural Policy needs to become a Common Sustainable Food Policy. We’re beginning to understand the criteria of which a food system could be sustainable, the big problem is that will be difficult to achieve.

But unravelling and reworking it for a more sustainable food system will be central to 21st century politics. Alas, the politicians aren’t yet listening. This is where GrowUp comes in. Growing your own food and reducing your carbon footprint are realistic answers to these problems.