Veg Street – Growing Dinner on your Doorstep
Forthcoming March 2013
By Naomi Schillinger
This book celebrates the fact that anyone can ‘grow your own’ and that through veg growing you can meet your neighbours and grow your own community too.
A few years ago, Naomi Schillinger got together with her neighbours to start a community gardening scheme. Today, they live in a street in which no less than 100 residents have turned their front gardens over to growing their own fruit and veg: lettuces, leeks and beetroot in raised beds, teepees billowing with sweet peas and runner beans, rhubarb by the door.
Whether you live in a rented flat with a window box, a house with a front garden – if you have access to a bit of pavement or decide to reclaim some unloved or forgotten corner – there will be ideas in this book which will encourage you to have a go at growing your own fruit and veg (and flowers) throughout the year; and, in so doing, create your own mini Eden.
About Naomi Schillinger
Naomi Schillinger is a journalist, photographer and professional gardener. Her blog, Out of My Shed, has gained a huge following over the past few years, packed full of simple ‘how to’s’ and shared knowledge, gleaned from friends, colleagues and her fellow allotmenteers. She lives with her husband in Finsbury Park.
Blackstock Triangle Gardeners Community veg growing project
Free seeds were then given away to all participating residents at an event that we called ‘Cake Saturday’. Many neighbours made delicious home-made cakes which were served up with tea and coffee in a front garden.
Excerpt from ‘Street Growing in Islington’:
Over the past two years, Amber Road and its neighbouring streets have become noticeably greener. Tree pits (the bare soil around the base of trees) have been planted up, window boxes filled with spring bulbs, front gardens revamped, bird feeders and water butts installed, and crops grown in large growing bags. As a result, Islington in Bloom awards have been won and a community spirit has blossomed.
Naomi Schillinger and Nicolette Jones are the driving force behind the areas transformation. They met, by chance, in 2009, when Naomi knocked on Nicolette’s door to ask if she could use her discarded old sash windows for a mini greenhouse she was making. At the time, Islington Council was giving away free seeds for tree pits. “The scheme appealed to me as a way of beautifying the area.’ says Nicolette, who writes a community email newsletter for almost 300 local residents. “When Naomi knocked on my door, I thought, now there’s a gardening expert who could give people advice.’