Sustainable Growing

What are sustainable growing methods and why use them?

Sustainability simply means enjoying the resources of our Earth whilst leaving enough remaining for future generations. Resources particularly relevant to food growing (on a global and local scale) include:

  • Land suitable for cultivating (or containers/greenhouses).
  • Soil quality.
  • Water.
  • Compost/fertiliser.
  • Pesticides

We will show you how to create a healthy, low-cost vegetable patch where there is very little or no waste, and every product and by-product is used in the process of growing.

Pesticides and oil-based chemical fertilisers are produced with high carbon emissions and can be expensive to purchase. Real Food Wythenshawe encourages organic methods of growing. Fertiliser is easy to produce from plants such as nettles and comfrey and the cost is free! Simple to apply when watering, for any scale of growing and will help to build rich soil structures.

Garden Organic also has lots of advice on how to start growing your own fruit and vegetables.