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Scotland: The New Craze For ‘Front’ Garden Allotments

‘Eat Your Front Garden’ author, Mat Coward, has been writing a monthly column on organic gardening for the Morning Star newspaper since 1993. Mat started gardening seriously in the late 1980s, when he rented his first allotment.

With growing space at a premium – especially in cities – and waiting lists of nearly ten years for allotments in Glasgow and Edinburgh, there is a growing trend to turn front gardens into “quirky and fun” allotments allowing keen gardeners to grow edible plants that look good and feed the family.

By Karin Goodwin
The Herald
Mar 10, 2018


There is, however, a worry that turning your front garden into an allotment might upset neighbours and make growers the talk of the street if a potato patch suddenly appeared where a lawn once was. However, Coward said: “My book puts forward the idea of the ‘Invisible Allotment’.” He has collected a list of more than 30 plants which can be grown for food which don’t look like crops, including Caucasian spinach and bamboo. “Sometimes they are edibles in their countries of origin which we’ve adopted as ornamentals, some of them are traditionally used as edibles, but you wouldn’t know it by looking. My main criterion is that these are plants you can grow openly out front without anyone raising an eyebrow.”

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Uganda: He harvests cash from urban farming

Dr Allan Ahimbisibwe displays sukumawiki on his backyard farm. Ahimbisibwe grows several vegetables including cabbage, and tomatoes. Photo by Denis Bbosa

“Money saved is money earned, if each week you save about Shs50,000 that you would have used to buy these vegetables, you would be better off,” he advises.

By Denis Bbosa
Daily Mirror
Mar 10, 2018


He urges Ugandans to open their eyes and start farming plants with short root systems such as sukumawiki, egg plants, tomatoes, straw berry, cabbages that are eaten every day and grown within three months.

“Most of the vegetables grow in two months, those with leaves grow in one month. We are preaching an idea of getting value from small place. At harvesting stage, which is soon by the way, I will be getting more than 50 plants a week,” he says.

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