Garden blogger gives growing tips

A London vegetable grower, who started his own vegetable garden on his balcony has been distributing growing tips.

Speaking to the Londonist, Callum Saunders – founder of the London Vegetable Garden blog – explained he got involved in growing food when he moved into his flat 16 months ago.

He revealed salads were a good place to start for those looking to cultivate their own grub.

"All you need is a well-drained container, such as an old ice-cream tub, some soil and seeds and youre off," Mr Saunders stated.

One suggestion he gave was to grow rocket – a hardy salad that will perform well if it is kept hydrated.

Among the vegetables grown on his Hackney balcony are runner beans, butternut squash and tomatoes.

For those not in a position to cultivate food in their garden, greenhouse or windowsill, Mr Saunders suggested community gardens could be an answer.

He added it may also be possible to help an elderly person tend their garden in exchange for using a small section for yourself.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has previously stated his desire to see more people in the capital grow their own food – something it seems prime minister Gordon Brown took on board after it emerged he has started a kitchen garden at Downing Street.