The Tooting Foodival celebrates local growing, cooking and eating together. It’s based on what people locally grow and donate – so we can all admire Tooting’s skills and productivity. Plus we can offer super ingredients to the Top Tooting Cook contest and the chefs’ delicious demonstrations. More info here.

Sowing radishes
Radishes harvested just 4 weeks later

There’s still time to grow from scratch so you can donate to the Foodival on Saturday Sept 16th. It’s about sharing the love rather than growing big quantities. We’re  delighted by the diversity of what’s donated
every year!

Starting now, what can you sow, grow and harvest for the Foodival?

If you can get sowing by the end of July, you could harvest these by mid-September:

  • Rocket
  • Coriander
  • mixed cutting Lettuces
  • Mustard Greens
  • Cima di Rapa (that’s turnip tops)
  •  And more – do share your suggestions.
White turnips

Alfalfa spouts, 5 days from starting

Much closer to the Foodival date:
> you could start Radishes as late as mid August
> you could start Sprouting Seeds just a week before (here’s our handy guide)
> you could sow Cress just a few days before

Cress, 3 days from sowing

 Where can you grow?

  • In your own garden or allotment
  • In containers on a terrace, balcony or windowsill
  • At a nearby community garden

Even if you’re a beginner, why not give it a go?

Expert or newbie, everyone is included in our annual amazing ‘I Grew This’ celebratory Foodival poster:

If you would like to ask questions or get advice, or come and grow from scratch with us at Tooting Comunity Garden – all welcome on Sundays and Wednesdays, 5 North Drive SW16 1RN. Check for updates on opening on our facebook page.

NB there’s a highly-recommended session on container gardening by our friend Mark Ridsdill-Smith and more at the London Permaculture Festival on Sunday 30th July – see you there.