Support future food growing

Urban Veg doesn’t make a profit on its courses so by learning with us you support future courses, volunteer gardening and food growing in the West Midlands. Not only that but you take away valuable knowledge which you can then share with family, friends and community growing spaces.

Get in touch if you would like more information, to suggest a course, talk about your plot/project or find out about volunteering. Email or call 0121 414 5382 (again please leave a number so someone can get back to you if we’re in the garden).

Urban Veg supports food growing in all urban areas, from pots of lettuce on a doorstep to full agricultural endeavors on reclaimed land. Every carrot counts!


Hoverfly on rocket flowerq

Thursday 18th April:
Beekeeping for Beginners. Tutors: Noel and Norman from the B&DBKA. £40 for 6 weeks  (Thursdays: 18th, 25th April and 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd May) 7.30pm-9.30pm

Saturday 20th April:
Bugs, Bees, Plants and Trees. Urban Veg will be open to those attending Winterbourne House and Garden’s spring extravaganza. Adults £6 (£3 members), concessions £5 (£2 members) and children under 5 go FREE! Come and have a look at our garden

Saturday 27th and Sunday and 28th April:
How to Build Your Own Earth Oven, Communities Cook Together. Tutor: Lizzy Bean £60 Two day course, Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th April 10am-4pm


Wednesday 1st May:
Community Land Advisory Service (CLAS) – Leases and Licencing Training. FREE Evening 7pm-9pm

How to Build and Use Composters and Wormeries. Tutor: Richard Fishbourne (previously of Wiggly Wigglers). £30 One day course, 10am-4pm

Tuesday 7th May:
How to get more from your urban veg patch with Alys Fowler. £75 Tuesday evenings for 6 weeks from 7pm-9pm. (7th, 14th, 28th May (Alys away 21ST) and 4th, 11th and 18th June)

Monday 13th May:
Introduction to Urban Food Growing. Tutor: Richard Billingsley, Ideal for All. £45 Monday evenings for 6 weeks. 7pm-9pm (13th, 20th, 27th May and 3rd, 10th and 17th June)


Sunday 2nd June:
Beginners Guide to Keeping Urban Chickens. Tutor: Chris Greenwood, Poultry Park £30 One day course 10am – 4pm

Wednesday 5th June :
Willow Weaving, Basket Basics. Tutor: Jon Rigeron, Jon’s Bushcraft £35 One day 10am – 5pm

Saturday 15th June:
Friends and Foes of Fruit and Veg. Tutor: Simon Gulliver £30 One day 10am-5pm

For bookings please call 0121 414 3003 (when leaving messages please include your number so someone can get back to you).

We look forward to meeting you somewhere green, pleasant and delicious!

The Urban Veg Team


Small Productive Gardens – How to produce lots of veg in your back yard

Last Saturday I went along to this course Small productive gardens – How to produce lots of veg in your back yard by Wade Muggleton and was truly inspired by it.

Wade had loads of ideas for getting the most out of a back garden.  Previous 1970s Good Life type Grow Your Own projects were focussed on the principle of having an acre or so of land (my parents tried this in the early 80s on a 4 acre small holding inspired by John Seymour).  This course showed us how you can really get a lot out of the typical Birmingham back garden.

Wade’s garden is a modest terraced house back garden, typical of the size of garden in Birmingham.  He really makes the most out of his space with raised beds, chickens, a small lawn and an orchard squeezed in.  He also makes good use out of the front garden by growing his potatoes and other veg there.

small veg patch

He got us thinking about what fruit and veg we eat in a typical week and what those items cost in the shops to help us decide what we wanted to grow.  Salad is surprisingly expensive but one of the cheapest and highest yielding crops that can be grown with little effort and not much space.  They don’t even need lots of sunshine, in fact a cooler summer can be better as they won’t be as eager to flower and bolt.

He had lots of ideas on using recycled materials and has a greenhouse raised bed utilising a corner shower cubicle.  Genius!

The day after the course I was really inspired with ideas for my own garden.  I started to think about how I can utilise the growing space in my front garden (which is north facing) and I am now growing some salad crops, mint, lemon balm and a potted black currant bush at the front of the house.  I also plan to sow some rocket, chard and mizuna in containers in my front garden but those are jobs for another day.

Claire Benson, Volunteer and Blogger at Urban Veg

Find Land, Start Growing – Free Course 1st May

fork and spade in raised bed

Reclaimed land with raised beds being prepared for Spring

As part of the ongoing Big Dig events this year the Community Land Advisory Service (part of the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens) have put together a two hour workshop covering all aspects of finding land and leasing it for food growing.

This workshop is a must for those wanting to take on unused land, derelict sites or build community gardens on owned property so you can get your project growing and to make sure you have the right types of licence in place to protect people AND produce.

The workshop will be taking place on the evening of Wednesday 1st May 2013 (7-9) and its FREE.

Please register your interest on this site: Securing Land for Food Growing

For more information please email or call 0121 414 5382