We've been out and about at Munch festival and also had a visit from Ganapati to the garden cooking up a delicious free south indian lunch with garden produce for volunteers and visitors. Delicious!
Our soil and compost enthusiasts gathered under dark skies to reveal the mysteries of the soil - about the life within soil and how it enhances plant growth. Topics covered included soil composition and structure, the role of bacteria and fungi in soil, natural succession and soil creation, composting and aerated compost teas. At the garden, most … Continue reading Soil – magic and mystery beneath our feet.
Salads ready to to go, seedlings waiting patiently. Peckham is growing.... We grow for local cafes, restaurants, community groups and for anyone who comes to volunteer. We'll be holding a plant swap / giveaway in June (donate if you wish) and we'll also be at local markets down Peckham and Camberwell way.....Any money raised brings … Continue reading Shhh….can you hear it? Peckham is definitely growing….
Our new loo! If you want to use it you'll need to do a wee bit of manure shifting or something first( in the garden that is). How it works URGENT - donate a loo roll for our collection please.
Had some enthusiastic seed sowing beginners at the garden today who by the end of the session had sown cucumbers, courgettes and squash - and several types of each. Next we'll be broadcasting tiny seeds on trays and then the last week we'll show how to transplant seedlings and pot on. All plants up for … Continue reading Seed team are go!
Herbs and wildflowers establishing on our hugel mounds. Species here include white clover, borage, milk thistle, cut leaf cranesbill, yarrow, purple dead nettle, daisy, cleavers. Great mullein, marigold, purple dead nettle, blue and white borage, sow thistle.
As part of the Land Centre network (http://www.permaculture.org.uk/land), we've just been up north to Manchester and Salford to see some amazing projects, meet up with other Land Centre people, share juicy knowledge of permaculture and think about the International Permaculture convergence which will be happening in London in September 2015. One of the places we … Continue reading Biospheres, aquaspheres, forests and food
New layers added to our forest garden. We planted blueberries, ground cover raspberries, rhubarb, tree onions, medlar, cherry plum, seaberry (buckthorn), Siberian pea tree, robinia, and bamboo. New wild flowers included woodruff, hedge woundwort, great mullein and musk mallow We transplanted our gojiberries, plum, new zealand flax and some more blueberries. A very fruitful day and will … Continue reading Forest gardeners
We spent the day learning practical surveying techniques for measuring length, height difference, contours etc with a few home made devices. A dash of ribena in the bunyip or water level made it easier to read the differences. All the info gathered will feed into our plans for the forest garden. The A frame Marking … Continue reading We’ve got the measure of it…….or beginning to at least.
A brilliant day had by all lugging wet cardboard, steaming manure and piles of wood chip to our forest garden. Using sheet mulching, we are aiming to build up new soil in this area and transform from a heap of old rubble into a healthy forest garden. Fruit trees and shrubs planted in spring have … Continue reading Forest garden permablitz (with a bit of fungal fever)