Much easier than the long wait for garden plots in some parts of  London – forty years in some cases – is having acres available in your own back yard. And when your back yard is on the grounds of Buckingham Palace, you can count on some help with the planting and the weeding.

Queen Elizabeth has joined the grow your own movement and for the first time since WWII, fruits and vegetables are being grown on the grounds of Buckingham Palace.

Keeping the gardening green includes banning chemicals, using liquid seaweed for fertilizer and garlic to deter aphids. Mulch from the palace compost heap was used to improve the soil and well water is being used for irrigation.

Read more about the garden here.