In this Garden Design Show episode, Rachel looks at how you can transform front and back gardens into great-looking food-producing gardens.

She also covers how you can get your local community involved to provide fresh fruit and vegetables for those in need.

Click here to join the Grow Together Food Gardens Telegram Channel. There is also a group attached to the channel where you can talk to each other and post links, ideas and share info.*

*Please note Rachel won’t be in the group to be answering questions – it’s purely set up so you can connect to one another and share info.

Small Space Food Gardens

Further Resources:

ROB GREENFIELD’s – Food Freedom Project – very inspiring! Rob’s YouTube channel.

NIKI JABBOUR – The year-round vegetable gardener (Niki is based in Canada so great info for colder climate growing). She also has a YouTube channel.

SAVVY GARDENERS – Read their guide to growing edibles on your patio.



Rachel Mathews
Rachel Mathews

Professional international garden designer for over 30 years. My mission is to de-mystify garden design and make it easy for people to successfully design their own garden - without needing to spend a fortune!

    2 replies to "[DESIGN SHOW 30] Grow Together Food Gardens"

    • Fiona Raven

      My veggie garden doesn’t look pretty but it does produce a lot of food. Last year I shared fresh produce with friends and family, but this year am offering all surplus to my neighbourhood. Thanks for producing such a heartfelt video on a subject that is top of mind for so many of us around the globe!

    • Catharine

      What an inspiring video! An attractive vegetable garden – here are a few of my ideas. How about adopting the formal patterns of a parterre with blocks of colourful vegetables? I think vegetable gardens often look ugly because they are in straight lines which makes cultivation easier but if we are growing for pleasure we have more time, so grow in groups or curves. Grow things which are expensive to buy or so much nicer fresh. A strawberry planter could be an attractive feature. Use companion plants like marigolds to discourage aphids as well as brighten up the patch. Hide things which are tempting to birds in amongst some carefully managed weeds! I have eaten lots of strawberries and raspberries this way, as well as defeating the pigeons who love those tender runner bean seedlings which I hid amongst some wild strawberries.

      Finally I love the idea of sneaking out, perhaps at the dead of night, to harvest your crop, so your neighbours don’t know what you are doing!!

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