Southend Little Free Pantry

Sharon met Lara at the Railway Hotel (the Southend Radical Fair) on Saturday who runs ‘The Little Free Pantry’, which is an idea very similar to the Community Fridge concept, except the items are non-perishable goods inside a cupboard. Lara kindly offered to take some SEEOG leaflets to distribute; in return Sharon said we could promote her idea via SEEOG. Sharon said she thought the day went very well, a good opportunity to connect with similar-minded people – and was appreciative of fish and chips and a pint of cider at the end of the day, though! Download flyer (Editor’s Note: the URL shown on the flyer is broken, at the date of writing this. However Southend Little Free Pantry’s Facebook page can be reached via … [Read more…]

Square Foot Gardening

Mel Bartholomew coined the term “square foot gardening” in his 1981 book of the same name. The idea is to divide the growing area into small square sections (typically 12″ square); creating of a small, simple, intensively planted vegetable garden. Peter Marett, a ‘retired’ SEEOG member, long since decamped to Suffolk, has kindly sent us a planting chart and some resource suggestions together with another publication he found on the Internet. Youtube, of course, has loads of videos but the best one he found is detailed on the attached chart at Download Download … [Read more…]


We have been asked to spread the word about MYHarvest (Measure Your Harvest), which is an opportunity to participate in an exciting research project that will estimate the contribution people who grow their own fruit and vegetable crops are making to UK national food production. At present, there is a recognition that own-growing in the UK makes a really important contribution to food security, healthy diets and general well-being, but we currently have a poor understanding of how much own-grown food people are able to produce. This will be key to providing the vital evidence base to support the use of land for growing spaces within our cities and towns, at a time when people are becoming increasingly interested in growing their own fruit and vegetables. The National Allotment Society is supporting the research team at the University of Sheffield who are working with members of the public growing food in allotments, gardens and other own-growing spaces across the UK to understand the yield of typical UK fruit and vegetable crops. By providing the team with the area of land they use to grow a crop and the weight of the crop they harvest participants would be: 1.     Contributing to a first national estimate of own-grown food production in the 21st century. 2.     Helping us to understand how much allotment and garden space we need in the future to ensure sufficient access for the growing number of people in our cities and towns. Twitter: @myharvestuk Facebook: Download Link … [Read more…]