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Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Who needs pots to grow plants?

There was some inspirational planting by Dave Saunders (left) and other gardening enthusiasts from the Eden Project in Cornwall at the recent Guardian newspaper Open Day at Kings Cross in London.

Old handbags, teapots, cups, egg cartons and even shoes had gained a new lease of life with a handful of compost and a few seeds.

Visitors to their stand on the canal towpath were fascinated by the many ideas, and hopefully some will have gone away to plant something edible for the Big Jubilee Lunch on Sunday, June 3, a one-day get-together for neighbours across the country.

For quick results Dave recommends cress and sprouting seeds (ready in about 1 week), leaf salad (3 weeks) and pea shoots (3 weeks). If you're not in a huge hurry, there are many more ideas on the Big Lunch website.

Back in Cornwall, Dave is an Eden Project pollinator, using his skills as a storyteller and puppeteer to fire up youngsters’ enthusiasm for growing things. See more about him (and a video) at


  1. Way to go. It's so important that young ones don't loose the self sustaining knowledge of our father's. Keep up the good work.

    1. The Eden project is doing a fantastic job, and there's also a great scheme going Down Under, Garden to Table, which I wrote about in March 2011 - see