Episode 142: Grow Easy with Anna Greenland

This year’s first guest is organic vegetable grower Anna Greenland. Anna has supplied produce to some of the UK’s top chefs, including Raymond Blanc and Jamie Oliver, has created gardens at Soho Farmhouse, Kew Gardens and the Huntington Botanical Gardens in LA. She is currently establishing a market garden and gardening school in Suffolk and has just released a book called ‘Grow Easy’. Anna talks about working with the best chefs in the best kitchens and catering to their clientele, about producing pristine veg organically, about growing food in different climates and the fundamentals of veg garden success.

Dr Ian Bedford’s Bug of the Week: Overwintering fruit & vegetable bugs

What we cover

Anna’s background

How Anna begins to plan a veg garden from scratch

What makes a good site

The chefs Anna has worked with 

Growing food for a professional kitchen

Keeping a veg garden in a public space looking good all year round

The biggest challenges for new veg gardeners and how they can be overcome

About Anna Greenland

Anna was working as a model when she moved to Cornwall and began working at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall. Bitten by the veg growing bug, she took on a job at The Lost Gardens of Heligan and began supplying produce to Jamie’s restaurant. From there, she moved to LA to study Ecological Horticulture and set up a food growing garden at Huntington Botanical Gardens. 

After moving back to the UK, she worked at Soho Farmhouse, Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons for Raymond Blanc and has set up a productive area at Kew Gardens. She won gold and Best in Show for her ‘Herbs and Preserves’ garden at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show in 2018 and has just released a book, ‘Grow Easy’. She now lives in Suffolk where she is setting up a market garden and gardening school.



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Grow Easy: Organic crops for pots and small plots by Anna Greenland – October 2021, Octopus Publishing

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