TOM MOGGACH is the author of 'The Urban Kitchen Gardener: Growing & Cooking in the City'. He is a gardener, food writer, teacher, photographer and founder of City Leaf – an organisation that trains people how to grow and cook with homegrown produce. His food journalism includes work for 'The Guardian', 'Daily Telegraph' and BBC4's 'The Food Programme'.
Where do you GIY?
On a patchwork of plots around my house, my roof, shady back garden, a community garden around the back, my mum's allotment and my school garden.
Why do you GIY?
It all started because I love to cook. I decided to learn to grow my own ingredients. But I soon learnt that the most powerful aspect of gardening is that it helps to get in tune with the natural world around you – to live with a lighter touch. These days, I have a totally different attitude to waste, for example. And much as I love the buzz of city life, gardening is a fantastic antidote to this hectic mode of life.
What do you grow?
It's 95pc edible plants. These include masses of salad – in my school job, the children run a business selling salad to local cafes. I also grow plenty of soft fruit, chillies, tomatoes, other veg, apples, and some of my favourite, less familiar food plants such as mouse melons and shiso, a Japanese herb.
Your favourite veg to eat/grow
I love a good apple – I even got married on Apple Day!
Your least favourite veg to eat/grow
I don't have one!
Your favourite GIYing moment each year
Having a wander around my plot in the dawn light, with a strong cup of tea.
Your most useful gardening tool (and why)
A belt pouch, which contains all my bits and pieces and a holster for my secateurs.
What do you know now about GIYing that you didn't know last year?
Succession planning is all important for steady harvest!
Our finest hour in the veg patch was when ...
We ate our first apples.
Which 'Good Life' cast member are you? Tom, Barbara, Jerry or Margot?