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Let's Plant and Grow Together

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This guide is uniquely placed to teach you how to make urban spaces bloom.


Authors: Ben Raskin. Flexibound, ISBN 9780711287365. Quarto in partnership with Kew Publishing and The Soil Association, 2024.

Community gardening is a growing movement that is taking root in towns and cities all over the world. Groups of likeminded people are transforming neglected plots of land into green, flourishing spaces for everyone to enjoy.

In Let’s Plant & Grow Together, farming and gardening pioneer Ben Raskin shares his keen expertise in his introduction to collective self-sufficiency, encouraging a community audience to grow food and garden together. A look into the background of community gardening and its benefits is followed by a practical guide: planning advice is laid out, alongside essential etiquette tips for running a successful site. Raskin explains important practical considerations, including: Soil fertility, fundraising, business plans, guerrilla gardening, access rights, marketing and leases.

The book also contains a community-minded directory of the top vegetables, flowers, fruit, and herbs to plant, with key tips on growing in containers to maximise your space. With clear instructions for all ages and backgrounds, the collective will learn to grow and harvest: kale, pears, beetroot, asparagus, gooseberries, oregano, currants, melons and figs.

With a thoughtful foreword by Hélèna Dove, Head of Kitchen at Kew Gardens, and Ellen Miles – author of Nature is A Human Right and Get Guerrilla Gardening – this guide is uniquely placed to teach people how to make urban spaces bloom.


Ben Raskin is the Head of Horticulture at the Soil Association in the UK and author of Zero-Waste Gardening (2021). He runs courses and training on organic growing including community orchards and launched the Soil Association’s flagship Organic Apprenticeship Scheme in 2007. Ben has worked in horticulture for over 20 years, including a stint as Assistant Head Gardener at the UK charity Garden Organic. He also wrote Plant a Tree and Retree the World, The Community Gardening Handbook; Compost; Grow; and Bees, Bugs & Butterflies, all published by Leaping Hare Press.

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