Flat farming review

Over the last year, I’ve explored growing food and other useful things in the flat. I have four windowsills – less than 20ft of narrow growing space all in, light for only part of the day. Clearly self sufficiency was never going to be an option! So, what is possible in a space like this? Here’s a rundown of what I did and how it went.

Tomatoes: One tiny crop of tomatoes from one small plant made for a side dish at a single meal, but I was rather pleased with them nonetheless.

Pumpkin: Given to us as a seed, it grew unexpectedly well, and produced beautiful flowers. Due to lack of bees and other pumpkin plants, there was no fruit.

Watercress: Growing in jam jars on windowsills. One crop so far, slow growing, but as it’s both tasty and expensive to buy, I mean to keep on with this.

Thyme and mint: Doing fine, tasty, low maintenance, windowsill herbs are definitely a win.

Aloe Vera: Not edible, but you can use the sap in the leaves for hand-cream.  We haven’t started cropping yet, but have a profusion of plants (they make good gifts, too). Definitely one to stick with.

Chilli pepper: The best by far. Lovely white flowers, cheery red chillis, plentiful spice for cooking and enough bounty to have given some away.

I may pick up some more herbs. I mean to have a go at potatoes in a bucket in the kitchen and I’m considering trying ginger – so that I can use the stem.


About Nimue Brown

Druid, author, dreamer, folk enthusiast, parent, wife to the most amazing artist -Tom Brown. Drinker of coffee, maker of puddings. Exploring life as a Pagan, seeking good and meaningful ways to be, struggling with mental health issues and worried about many things. View all posts by Nimue Brown

8 responses to “Flat farming review

  • DKH

    We’ve got Aloe Vera in the kitchen to deal with any cuts and/or burns that result from my enthusiastic, but ham-fisted approach to cooking.

  • potiapitchford

    If you like mung beans they are a very easy and quick crop for indoors and you can get organic seed via the internet.

    • Nimue Brown

      Point! I didn’t think to list those. I have a natty little bean sprouter, mungs and lentils have sprouted cheerfully over the summer. I’ve done chick peas to good effect before as well. All fresh and very snackable on…

  • treegod

    “Pumpkin: Given to us as a seed, it grew unexpectedly well, and produced beautiful flowers. Due to lack of bees and other pumpkin plants, there was no fruit.”

    You can fertilise pumpkins and similar plants artificially. I know someone who’s been doing this, and you just need to create a small brush (not sure how, but there must be info on the ‘net) and use that to transfer pollen.

    I have land, but it’s easier to plant potatoes in a bucket or barrel. We have it near the chicken coop, where we can fill it up using the compost there (we can’t have a veg patch there, otherwise the wild boars would dig it up). Our first time doing it like that, and we already have some plants popping through.

  • biahelvetti

    Awesome! – I’m always impressed by folks who can grow tomatoes, and all the other things sound great too 🙂 Viz pumpkins and others of their kind, a soft paintbrush for pollenating works fine in my experience 🙂 Also, if you have plenty of light, lettuce does well- one plant per baked bean tin or old cracked teacup 🙂 x

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