The OFfA Garden

The Organic Food for All (OFfA) programme was designed to encourage those not currently gardening, to grow their own organic vegetables and fruit at low financial cost.

This garden shows examples of quick, cheap and easy growing methods, mixed-in with some more adventurous ones. Examples include those appropriate for community growing spaces such as allotments, urban gardens, balconies and windowsills. Readily available materials have been used, usually accessible either free or cheaply and re-used and recycled products play a key role.

Features to look-out for (though some may be seasonal):

  • Easy vegetables, including perennials, quick-growing plants, ‘cut-and-come-again’ varieties and self-seeding plants
  • A diversity of plant types to reflect the tastes of different cultural backgrounds and for those wishing to experiment
  • Composting; including a simple heap. This reduces waste and provides free soil-improver.
  • Water butt – to collect water for use in the garden all year round.
  • A variety of re-used pots show what can be done very cheaply, even in tiny spaces.
  • Planting several different crops in small sites, can be a quick and easy way to grow a mixture of fruit and vegetables.
  • A variety of different conditions including shade, dryer or wetter ground and hot-spots depict conditions found in small gardens and appropriate plants for each of them.
  • Four large beds show crop rotation, to reduce problems of pests and diseases while keeping the soil fertile
  • Fruit trees and bushes are shown growing in small areas of ground, suiting different growing methods e.g. growing cordons against a wall

Some, or all of the above text may have originally been published by HDRA/Garden Organic (www.gardenorganic.org.uk) and is reproduced here, with their kind permission.