What We Grow
We’re talking Basil, Mint, Coriander, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme. We’re also trialling more exotic varieties like Thai Basil and Chinese Chives. Herbs are our primary product because freshness is so important to guarantee great flavour.
Lettuce doesn’t have to taste of nothing! By growing indoors and selling locally we can select varieties for their flavour instead of being limited to those that will grow in our British climate and withstand transportation.
We’re also growing leafy greens such as kale and chard, along with pac choi and boc choi. By growing oriental varieties in the UK we can eliminate the negative environmental effects of refrigerated air shipping.
These are tiny plants, slightly older than shoots and closely resembling cress. These are grown from the seeds of familiar varieties (like radish and coriander) but are harvested at two to three weeks while the leaves are young and packed with nutrients.
Space is limited in London and we didn't have the option to start a traditional farm in N19 so we're growing indoors instead.
We may not use the sun directly, but we get all our electricity from renewable resources. We then turn that electricity into light that is fine tuned for growing plants.
Using hydroponics means we don't need soil. We can provide everything our plants need to thrive in a recirculating nutrient rich solution. This limits waste in many ways. It also lets us produce the tastiest freshest produce.
Another advantage of indoor growing is climate control. When it's blowing a gale outside it's always summer in our indoor farm and the plants love it.
This super efficient lighting makes sustaining indoor growing a reality.
By growing 'up' as well as out we can grow up to 20 times as much produce in the same space
Growing plants in water instead of soil helps them grow faster by giving them everything they need to thrive
We all like to be indoors during foul weather and plants do too. They get the ideal conditions for outstanding year round growth.
We are now taking orders for herbs online! Sadly we don’t yet have any means for delivery other than on foot, so ordering is strictly limited to those with pre-arranged delivery arrangements. If you live near to our workshop in N19 and would like to arrange for a delivery then please get in touch using[…]
So far I’ve stuck mainly to Mediterranean and British plants, but I think I’d branch out and try some pac choi. The picture above was taken a week ago and shows the seedlings after 10 days growth (these things really shot up). At two and a half weeks they should really be planted up about now but I’ve[…]
In order to grow indoors we need to supply lots and lots of light for our plants. Traditional grow lights are energy hungry and produce light over a broad spectrum. We’re doing things differently, we’re using high efficiency LED lighting: LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) are a new form of highly efficient solid state lights that are just[…]
It’s taken a long time to get this far, but Local Leaves has a permanent home in Unit 25 on Grenville Road. We’re currently growing with 8 zipgrow towers and one seedling rack, but will be receiving a delivery of 54 new towers in the next couple of weeks so will be rapidly scaling up.[…]