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Hither Green: The St Mungos Greenhouse: The Final Stage!

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on April 7, 2013 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Today’s session in the kitchen garden was the first where St Mungo’s residents and local volunteers weren’t dressed as polar bears! Having previously battled snow and frozen ground, it was a relief to get through our substantial task list in warm sunshine. 

Last month focused on seed sowing and repairing the greenhouse. this time residents and volunteers planted chitted potatoes into containers, sowed peas, broad and French beans, ready to go straight into the greenhouse.

Meanwhile two volunteers turned the contents of a skip (a discarded wardrobe and pallets into ‘staging’ for the two dozen or so trays of seeds. We shaped odds and ends into safe, level and functional worktop spaces. Cross-braced with struts and as level as you like!

Huge thanks to residents, HG locals, especially to tireless newcomer Gabor! And thanks to Sally and staff for providing refreshments!

Next open session: Sunday 21 April, 11am -1pm. Sorry, no under 18s on site.

Contact: [email protected]

Hither Green: The St Mungo's Greenhouse

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on March 24, 2013 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Neither the snow nor the wind could put off eager residents.

We had a great session in the St Mungo's Greenhouse this morning despite the weather!

It was too cold to sow direct- we spent the morning setting up the Greenhouse space and seed sowing.

We've never used the greenhouse space before as it doesnt have any staging, and there has always been work to do in the main kitchen garden.

Today the residents and I were joined by Penny from

Penny is lots of fun and a demon with the pliers! She was instrumental in repairing the Greenhouse door and venitlation system.

The door looked like it had been off all winter; with a mix of finesse and force we managed to get the door back on and begin to set up the space to be our workship this year. It even has its own lagged water supply which is a bonus!

Our 14 trays of seeds were further protected from the extreme temperatures by large cloches, inside the Greenhouse.

Sown today: beetroot, cauliflower, purple sprouting bcorccoli, parsnips, various lettuces, peas.

Thanks to Penny and St Mungo's residents for braving the cold!

The next open session is on Sunday 7 April at 11am. You are welcome to come along and join in, but sorry no under 18s on site.

Email: [email protected] for more information. 

Sweden- Vertical Greenhouse: the future of urban sustainability?

Posted by Jenny on April 3, 2012 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (2)

Ive been sent this article a few times in the past few days.

The future of urban farming is under construction in Sweden as agricultural design firm Plantagon works to bring a 12-year-old vision to life: The city of Linköping will soon be home to a 17-story "vertical greenhouse."

Urbanisation: Urban farming

The greenhouse will serve as a regenerating food bank, tackling urban sprawl while making the city self-sufficient. Plantagon predicts that growing these plants in the city will make food production less costly both for the environment and for consumers, a key shift as the world's population grows increasingly urban—80 percent of the world's residents will live in cities by 2050, the United Nations estimates.

"Essentially, as urban sprawl and lack of land will demand solutions for how to grow industrial volumes in the middle of the city, solutions on this problem have to focus on high yield per ground area used, lack of water, energy, and air to house carbon dioxide," Plantagon CEO Hans Hassle says.


The greenhouse is a conical glass building that uses an internal "transportation helix" to carry potted vegetables around on conveyors. As plants travel around the helix, they rotate for maximum sun exposure.

Hassle says the building will use less energy than a traditional greenhouse, take advantage of "spillage heat" energy companies cannot sell, digest waste to produce biogas and plant fertilizers, and decrease carbon dioxide emissions while eliminating the environmental costs of long-distance transportation. And growing plants in a controlled environment will decrease the amount of water, energy, and pesticides needed.

The greenhouse, which will open in late 2013, is already serving as a model for other cities—Plantagon hopes to install the transportation helix technology in regular office buildings around the world, eliminating the need to build entirely new structures. The tallest models even have a name: Plantascrapers.