Alex Mitchell is a gardening writer who has been obsessed with growing things she can eat for about 20 years. Before this, she was obsessed with television. On balance, gardening is healthier. Alex is the weekly gardening columnist for The Evening Standard and has written four – soon to be five – books about gardening and growing food. Previously she wrote a column for The Sunday Telegraph about growing fruit and vegetables, first in a polytunnel in a muddy field, which often made her cry, then in a little south London garden, which made her happy. She now gardens in a large space in Kent which makes her ecstatic though slightly overwhelmed.
Alex’s writing and broadcasting career has been varied. She has sat next to Anne Diamond on the Esther Rantzen show, taken garden designer Andy Sturgeon around her garden on TV while seven months pregnant and the size of a small gazebo, given a talk on potatoes during which only one man fell asleep, been on a naked march in a flesh-coloured body stocking complete with merkin and and flown to Italy to write an article about bicycle seats for a magazine that then folded – but not before she got a free bicycle seat.
She has written four books, The Girl’s Guide to Growing Your Own – Or How to Grow Fruit and Vegetables Without Getting Your Hands Too Dirty, The Edible Balcony, The Rurbanite: Living in the Country Without Leaving the City and Gardening on a Shoestring. She also presented The Greenwich Podcast. Look out for her new book Crops in Tight Spots to be published in spring 2019.
Her garden has been featured in Gardens Illustrated magazine, see below.gardens illustrated pdf
For more about Alex see this interview with Succulent Green
Contact me alex at theediblegardener.co.uk
See my Amazon page for more info on my books