About Alex

IMG_7110finallowAlex 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 (shortlisted for Garden Journalist of the Year, The Property Press Awards 2019) and has written 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 often overwhelmed.

Alex’s writing and broadcasting career has been varied. She once sat next to Anne Diamond on the Esther Rantzen show, took garden designer Andy Sturgeon around her garden on TV while seven months pregnant and the size of a small gazebo, gave a talk on potatoes during which only one man fell asleep, went on a naked march in a flesh-coloured body stocking complete with merkin and and flew 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 five 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 – finalist in the Garden Media Guild Awards Practical Book of the Year –  The Rurbanite: Living in the Country Without Leaving the City , Gardening on a Shoestring and Crops in Tight Spots.

In October 2023 her gravel garden in Kent was featured on BBC Gardeners’ World.


It has also been featured in Gardens Illustrated magazine, see below.

gardens illustrated pdf

County Living magazine also ran a piece about her garden.

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




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