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. http://www.thebiglunch.com/.
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.