Allotmenting has undoubtedly shaken off some of its fusty image over the past few years. But for many, especially city-dwellers, growing your own food is still the preserve of retired folk with moth-eaten jumpers, tales of wartime allotments and sheds.

We imagine it will take up hours at the weekend and that it requires in-depth understanding of what can often seem a frankly baffling horticultural world. Most of all we assume we have to have space, lots of it – and space is something of a luxury for a mostly urban population.

But it’s really not so. Choose your crops carefully and with barely an hour a week, little more than a balcony for space and only a modicum of knowledge you can grow your own supper. I’ve just written an article for online magazine Healthista.com about how to get started. You can see my top 5 tips here.