Herb Tuesdays springs in to action!

Herb Tuesdays is back for 2017. We’ve crept through a damp winter, sustaining ourselves on hot soup and tea.

Now spring is on its way and days are lengthening, we’re back to our usual opening hours of 11 – 4pm with a shared lunch at 1.

Come and join us, everyone (over 18) welcome to grow, make, tidy, sort, chat, shovel, sow, sift, clear, plant, prune, learn and dig,  and much more!

Become a buddy volunteer and help support others in accessing the garden. Application details here

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Workshop: Basic Carpentry for gardens

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The workshop is designed to give participants the knowledge of how to problem solve, design and build. Leaving participants with the skills and confidence to tackle most carpentry jobs around the garden.

We will be building wooden frame covers for our raised beds that use basic tools such as a tape measure, technical drawing, square, pencil, saw clamp, cordless drill and paint brush.

Please wear clothes that can get dirty or paint on.

Please book tickets here
https://carpentrygwg.eventbrite.co.uk/

Workshop: Growing Edible Landscapes

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BOOK TICKETS HERE FOR FREE.
https://growing-edible-landscapes.eventbrite.co.uk/

In this two hour workshop we will explore some of the design principles that can help us create low-maintenance edible landscapes using perennial fruit and vegetables. These edible landscapes, on a larger scale also forest gardens, can provide food, but also other resources such as timber and firewood as well as valuable habitat for wildlife.

You will learn about the benefits of perennial vegetables, the nutrient cycle in food production and how we can use and support it. You will get hands on experience and learn practical skills, such as planning and designing a plot and preparing it for planting, propagation of perennial crops and pruning of soft fruit bushes.

By the end of the workshop you will feel inspired to introduce some new varieties of plants into your garden, make less work and more yield for yourself and the environment.

Date: 30th of October
Time: 10.30am promt start (gate opens 10am)

Herb Tuesdays final feast of the year

Happy gardeners finished of a fabulous year of Herb Tuesdays with a winter feast and nutritional food workshop with Jill Newman.

Recipes will be uploaded soon.

We’ve had a fantastic year, and are looking forward to getting going again on tuesday february 2nd 2016. We’ve got funding for 2 whole years so really hope to build a brilliant project that everyone in the community can benefit from.

Thanks to EVERYONE who has participated and hope to see you all again next year!

 

Open meeting, all welcome!

Everyone welcome to come and join in an open space planning meeting to celebrate successes, overcome challenges, review what we’ve done and look to a sustainable future. This is a chance to bring your ideas, creativity and imagination to help us all build a great garden project for the people of Peckham and beyond. Please share with friends and colleagues, the more the merrier! Tea and cake will be served, and the whole event should be playful and fun. Everyone welcome, including the kids.

Saturday 14th November 1-4pm at the Wells Way Pop Up, Old Library, 39 Wells Way SE5 0PX

The Pop Up is not wheelchair accessible due to the stepped frontage. No dogs

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#Permablitz

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So what is permablitz?

Whatever it is, or was, it was FUN!

These are the ethics behind permaculture design: Care of the earth. Care for people. Fair share. They are ethics that reach way beyond growing things.

A bunch of us came together early last Sunday (well, 10am) to help extend our low maintenance, productive and nature-friendly forest garden.

By three o-clock it was hard to believe the transformation.

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Encouraged by mentors Susannah and Sue, we dug out and removed bindweed and brambles and cut down the grass, leaving it in place to provide a nitrogen layer for the “lasagne mulch” to come. (As with cooking: it’s good to know the science.)

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We added a thick layer of rich rotted manure, then compost from the compost bins, then woodchip to retain water and deter weeds.

Once all the rotted manure was down, Sue explained how the mulch turns, slowly, slowly, into beautiful soil.

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Shrubs and trees were planted, and GroChar charcoal was added, brilliant stuff, its porous nature encouraging fungi, enlarging root systems and increasing resistance to disease. Essentially, GroChar does everything organic matter does to the soil, but better, and permanently.

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Somehow we fitted in LUNCH!

Everyone brought something healthy and scrumptious and Budding Youth gathered salad, including nasturtium flowers.

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Not a lot was left. Washing-up blitz followed.

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And the kids came too – the youngest, Amani 🙂

Herb Tuesdays’ taster sessions

Our taster sessions have been fun. Along with herbal remedy workshops with Amanda Rew, we’ve enjoyed a plant dyeing workshop with Diane Sullock of Brockwell Greenhouses, and a swift introduction to permaculture with Kevin Mascarenhas of Natural Flow.

It’s been really enjoyable, and a great way to learn more about plants in the garden and how we can use them.

We still have a jam / chutney making workshop to come and more tbc.

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Introducing the plants and their dyes.

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Weld – green / woad -blue, & mix together to make lincoln green for merry men? Purple hollyhocks – deep blue /purple, onion skins -yellow, madder -deep pink, indigo – blue. We also had logwood (Haematoxylum campechianum – a tropical hardwood) that made a deep, deep purple

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Madder (Rubia tinctorum)

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Trial sticks ready to be cooked. Soaking in the mordant.

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Weld (Reseda luteola)

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Success!

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Cotton bags dyed.

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Was the permaculture session inspirational?  But yes, it was a bit wet.

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Managed to find a large umbrella so we could stand around the compost bins.

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Luckily a good lunch was had by all.