Chorlton started out as the country villages of Chorlton, Martledge and Hardy before the arrival of the train helped it to grow into a suburb of Manchester. Chorlton’s main activity was farming and market gardening back then; growing food to feed the city’s fast-growing population. It’s fitting then, that we are still such keen growers, even now.
Looking for inspiration? Look to Chorlton Plant Swap and Gardening Advice for tips and ideas, or have a nosy behind garden gates during the Chorlton Open Gardens event (you’ve missed 2022, but there’ll be another along soon).
Better still – just plant some seeds! Whether it’s in the garden, on a balcony or in a jam jar – what’s the worst that can happen?
“Growing my own veg really made me appreciate my food more and the effort that goes into making plants thrive! I started growing my own food in the pandemic and have continued to learn and try out different plants, it brings me a lot of happiness and enjoyment. I have been vegan for a few years now for ethical reasons and I have never eaten better, I try new recipes all the time and have become a better cook in the process.” Lucy P
“I live in Chorlton, so don’t have much of a garden, but I’ve still had so much pleasure from it over the summer. It’s been fantastic to harvest my own peas, lettuces and tomatoes that I’ve been growing in buckets. A quid or two on seeds and you’re a farmer!!! I’m already thinking about what else I can grow next year – and where I can find more buckets!” George C