Garden Organic's Small Space - Big Ideas Garden
Designed by: Emma O’Neill and Chris Collins
Garden Organic’s ‘Small Space – Big Ideas’ garden will show how a productive and biodiverse organic oasis is accessible to all growers, regardless of the size of their growing area.
Visitors will be inspired by how the charity’s design team have squeezed so much into a 5x5m, fully paved garden, replicating the typical hard-standing urban front garden, balcony or back yard. Through clever use of containers, vertical planting and raised beds, the garden will be bursting with organically-grown heritage vegetables, fruit and pollinator-friendly flowers, creating a thriving habitat for biodiversity.
Looking after your soil is at the heart of organic and sustainable growing, and that’s just as important if you’re growing in containers. To show soil improvement in practice, this garden will not only include two compost bins, but also a leafmould bin and a simple system to make your own comfrey plant feed.
In honour of Lawrence D Hills, organic gardening pioneer and founder of Garden Organic, two alpine beds will take pride of place at the front of the garden, protected by all-important native hedging.
The growing areas will be punctuated by pre-loved furniture providing plant shelving, a potting bench and tool store and, of course, an essential seating area to relax amongst the birds, bees and butterflies and enjoy the fruits of your labour. Everything within the garden will be recycled, homemade or sustainably-sourced, showing visitors how they can achieve a beautiful and productive organic oasis without impacting heavily on the environment or their bank balance.
Garden Organic’s mission is to inspire as many people as possible to take up organic growing methods. To support this the garden will sit alongside an information and demonstration area, where the charity’s experts will be delivering a series of free talks and workshops, and will be on hand to share their advice and answer any questions.
“It’s common for people to think that if you have just a paved garden or small balcony, your ability to create a biodiverse organic growing area is limited, but that’s simply not the case. I have a small balcony in London and I’m always amazed by the food and flowers I can grow and the creatures I share my space with. All it takes is a little know-how which is what we’re here to help with. Come and visit us to join our movement of growers who care about the environment and biodiversity in all its forms. If all gardeners adopted just one or two organic growing methods in their own growing space our collective impact would be huge.” – Chris Collins.