Local plants: grow your own edibles

update 16th Feb 2015

Athough garden centres may be supplied from across the country, or even the continent, we do have some local nurseries that grow plants, including edibles, that they have propagated from seed or cuttings, or have grown on themselves from seedlings or plugs, so you can buy from them knowing that you are saving on transport costs. Scroll down to the end for more, and look at the map too for exact locations.  Also look at for local seed/plant/produce swap events (usually held at Astbury Mere visitor centre) and elsewhere in the town or in the area.

Incredible Edible in Todmorden has shown what can be grown in any space in any location with grass roots movement of urban food growing. Now many towns in the UK and abroad are taking up the baton of involving people in growing their own, including in Congleton with Congleton Food4Free. 

Not sure how to go about growing your own? There’s a local group, East Cheshire Organic Growers,  based in Macclesfield, that can help you.  Also see How to Grow Kitchen Garden Plants for some tips.  

Local nurseries:
DJM Nursery (open daily) in Newcastle Rd, Astbury, has a range of garden plants, including soft fruit, grown on the nursery.

C Dale (open daily) in Fol Hollow, Astbury, has a range of shrubs and trees, including fruit, that they have grown themselves.

RPG Herbs Ltd (phone before visiting) grow a wide range of plants including many common and unusual herbs plus unusual perennial vegetables such as good King Henry.

Cheshire Lavender and Herb Nursery  (phone to check opening times) in Hassall Green is an organic grower that also sells at farmers’ markets.

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