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We did it-Cossall Estate Community Growing Project has its first 20m raised bed
March 30, 2010, 11:00 am
Filed under: cossall estate, edible, flowers, planting, sowing, wild

Cossall Estate residents, Growing Southwark volunteers, a team from Veoila with 2 master carpenters worked together from Thursday-Sunday to erect a 20×1.5×0.6 meter raised bed for the Cossall Estate Community Growing Projects first raised bed for their edible garden.

Day 1 – Thursday 10-5

We started building on Thursday morning with 2 master craftsmen and a pile of wood.

Our two master craftsmen

In the beginning-there was wood

Pile of soil improver from Veolia

Top soil being delivered, bought from Terrafirma.

Veolia team at H&S briefing

Then we were joined by a team from Veolia Environmental on their ‘work in the community day’ who busied themselves wheelbarrowing 7 tonnes of donated soil improver to the raised bed site, sinking post holes, concreting posts, assisting our master craftsmen, weeding the sensory garden and generally being most excellent and full of humour on a very wet Thursday.

Unfortunately the lorry  with its ‘Hiab’ couldn’t get onto site so we had to wheelbarrow the soil improver and top soil round from its storage location! This was a major task and without the many volunteers and their humble wheelbarrows we would never have succeeded!! So our pile of soil improver was moved in a day to the raised bed site.

digging post holes

digging post holes

site action

site action

veolia group shot

veolia group shot

Day 2-Friday. 1-5

The raised bed was finished and half lined and all the soil improver moved inside the fence to keep the site tidy.

Residents:  children and parents alike enjoyed the activity and the opportunity for a bit of digging and all worked well together with smiles on their faces.

The 'new' pile of soil improver

The 'new' pile of soil improver

Half a lined bed

Half a lined bed

James bond stapling action shot!

James bond stapling action shot!

Day 3 – Saturday 11-1

The raised bed was fully lined, pebble gravel added at the bottom for drainage and the first wheelbarrow of top soil added:

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-9v1bC-WQc. Yeah!

Getting stuck in- more young helpers

Getting stuck in- more young helpers

Chair of the TRA gets stuck into the dirt!

Chair of the TRA gets stuck into the dirt!

More young helpers

More young helpers

Day 4-Sunday 11-4

Will we or wont we get the raised bed finished-that was the question?

It was a quiet start, but with hands to wheelbarrows we got into our rhythm and managed to shift 5 bags of  top soil into the bed. We needed to get the mix right a 2:1 ratio of top soil: soil improver so this was mixed in the bed, with help from all.

Young fun!

Young fun!

At the end, we had a flurry of activity with the final third of the bed filled with all residents ‘on deck’.

It's busy on site!

It's busy on site!

Double ramps-the final push!

Double ramps-the final push!

So how to celebrate the first raised bed for the edible garden…well we planted Sunflowers, Broad Bean plants from the growing session in February and some marigolds (great companion plants for tomatoes).  See Tom’s blog http://tom.acrewoods.net/2010/03/29/growing-the-cossall-estate/

Planting sunflowers

Planting sunflowers

To celebrate we feasted on Wild nettle and chickweed risotto (gathered from the sensory butterfly beds) with some added vegetables supplied by a local resident and artist.  Ceri and Segan from ‘Invisible Foods’ cooked this fine celebratory feast on an outside stove. Yum, yum.

Feast on the hill

Feast on the hill

Wild nettle and chickweed risotto for the hard workers!

Wild nettle and chickweed risotto for the hard workers!

And in true community style, this project has brought residents closer together. Thankyou to all for their hardwork, humour and smiles. We all had a great time..watch this space for more activity, we have more beds to build and so there will be more growing to be done. If you have a spare moment to volunteer then please get in contact.

True community spirit-all ages together

True community spirit-all ages enjoying a moment together

Funded by a Cleaner, Greener, Safer grant from Southwark Council.

Capital Growth project 73.

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Thursday afternoon Peckham Rye-help needed
March 16, 2010, 1:32 pm
Filed under: peckham rye

Thursday 18th afternoon- Peckham Rye store help Lesley clearing yard-come with spades to move some compost (we did a lot on Monday) If you are hoping to volunteer for recycling Chelsea and Hampton Court or would like to receive recycled good for growing projects-this is the way you can show your support. Watch out for other work dates on the Rye. Meet at the cafe.



Greenfingered volunteers needed this weekend at Myatt’s Field
March 16, 2010, 12:29 pm
Filed under: edible, myatts field, planting, sowing

Saturday 20th 10-12- Greenhouse Myatts Field-compost delivery and cleaning for Sunday sowing session

The greenhouse needs cleaning inside, the gravel needs washing and putting back on the tables ready for sowing of seeds on Sunday.

Delivery of 100 bags of Soil Improver-this needs unloading and storing.

Sunday 20th 10-1- Greenhouse Myatts Field- sowing workshop-sowing cucumber, aubergine and pepper seeds for the greenhouse.

Sunday 20th 2-4 at Roots and Shoots (entrance on Lambeth Walk opposite Imperial War Museum- – sowing workshop-sowing edible flowers, one pot to take home, one pot for the greenhouse. We will be planting in recycled containers-so if you have any Tetrapaks, milk cartons, tins, plastic tray, tights etc…then bring them along and we will plant in them!

Hope you can make it!



Camberwell’s secret garden:
March 14, 2010, 6:31 pm
Filed under: camberwell, events, planting, Uncategorized

http://deynsfordsecretgarden.blogspot.com/



Edible flowers-
March 14, 2010, 5:00 pm
Filed under: edible, flowers

Edible flowers-http://agebb.missouri.edu/mac/agopp/arc/agopv4n1.txt

The list of edible flowers is just about as long as the list of
poisonous flowers. The longest list, however, is of the “perhaps
blossoms”-perhaps they are edible and perhaps they are not. At the
top of nearly every list of edible flowers is nasturtiums/pansies
both by virtue of their color and taste. The list would also include
spring crocus, California poppy, baby’s breath, violets, including
African violets, forsythia, Easter lily (Lillium longiflorum),
dogwood, dandelion, phlox, petunia, penny, gardenia, marigolds,
impatiens, hibiscus snapdragons, yucca daylilies, gladiolus, squash,
flowering herbs including chicory, anise, hyddop, lavender, chives,
clary, sage, rocket, dill, rosemary, basil, coriander, garlic,
chives, lemon balm, lemon verbena, oregano, thyme, borage, bee balm,
mints, chrysanthemums (C. monifolium), lilac, elderberry, calendula,
dianthus, primrose, wild geranium, Rosa (obviously including roses
but also other members of the genus such as apple blossoms, plum,
peach, pear and hawthorne), honeysuckle, hollyhocks, daisy (Bellis
perennis, wild and cultivated). Johnny-jump-up, red clover, mallow,
yarrow, tulip, beans (especially white dutch, emperor runner,
scarlet and hyacinth bean-not really a bean but Dolichos lablab,
garden peas (not sweet peas which are poisonous), and sunflowers.
This list is not intended to be all inclusive but instead indicative
of the great variety available.

And here is a list of the most commonly confronted flowers which
have been demonstrated to be toxic. This list is by no means
exhaustive and some flowers that are reported not to be toxic may
cause allergic-type reactions in sensitive individuals. Plants noted
from a variety of sources as toxic include: clematis, hydrangea,
sweet peas, belladona lily, cardinal flowers, azalea, daffodils,
narcissus, larkspurs, buttercups, lily-of-the-valley, fox-glove,
bleeding hearts, fall crocus, pansies, periwinkle, hemlock,
rhododendron, wisteria, Virginia creeper, may apple, oleander,
lupine, hyacinth, four-o’clock, carnation, cotoneaster and cyclamen.



March 13, 2010, 4:46 pm
Filed under: bees, edible, events, flowers, herbs

Sunday 21st – Roots and Shoots Spring Science Activity day 11-4
Seed balls-promoting ‘pollen paths’ for bees;
invisible food walk @ 2pm
edible flower planting 2-4pm -one pot for you to take home-the other to keep in the greenhouse at Myatts Field ready for the Fair on the Myatts Field fair on the 19th June (Growing Southwark activity)

Come up to north Lambeth and enjoy!
Entrance on Lambeth Walk opposite Imperial War Museum!
More info here: http://www.rootsandshoots.org.uk/index.php

If you fancy volunteering on the stall then please let us know.



Volunteering activites and workshops over the next few months
March 13, 2010, 1:50 pm
Filed under: events, herbs, myatts field, peckham rye, planting, tomatoes

Dear All

Great to see so many people at the meeting last week – was really good to share info and be inspired by ALL the growing stuff going on locally and thanks to the enormous number of you that bought bread along. Thanks also to Andy from the Brockwell Bake for his interesting talk about wheat, baking and the Brockwell Bake.

I promised to send around a summary list of all the volunteering activities that were Growing Southwark related over the next 6 months and here they are below. If you could help out at any, for however short a period then please do get involved by sending an email to office@growingsouthwark.org.uk

Tidying up a small area of Peckham Rye Park

Volunteers are needed please to help tidy up a small area of the park on Monday 15th March and Thursday 18th March. Please meet at Cafe on the Rye at 10am. Max 2-3 hours work.

Cossall Estate events:

Raised bed building…………………Thurs 25th March (all day or however much time you can give)

” “………………….Fri 26th March (afternoon)

” “………………….Sat 27th March (11-1)

” ” & planting broad beans……………….Sun 28th March (afternoon)

Harvest Feast………………………….. Sunday in September (date to be confirmed)

Please meet at the TRA hall on the Cossall or as it’s otherwise known, ‘the orange shop’.

Help with Fayres and stalls

Roots and shoots science day………………………..11-5 on March 2 (help needed 2-4)

Peckham Power event, helping with the stall………….April 17th

Goose Green Fayre, helping with a stall………………..May 9th

Big Lunch, hopefully launch sTREEts……………………Sat 18th July

Help at Feast on the Bridge………………………………….Sept 11

Canal Bridge Green Fayre……………………………………Sept sometime

Myatt’s Field events

Help to unload 100 bags of compost. (by greenhouse)……………….Sat 20 March (am)

Public gardening events:

Planting cucumbers, peppers,aubergines…………………Sun 21 March (10-1)

Planting herbs, salad leaves and marigolds………………Sun 11April (10-1)

Planting salad leaves, beans and nasturtiums……………Sun 16th May (10-1)

Growing at home workshops:

Planting tomatoes and chillies………………………………..Sat 27 March (2-4)

Planting herbs………………………………………………………Sat 1 May (2-4)

Planting salad leaves……………………………………………Sat 22 May (2-4)

Cook and eat workshops:

Making vegetable soup and bread………………………….Tues 13 April (4-6)

Let’s make pasta………………………………………………….Tues 11th May (4-6)

Myatt’s Field Fayre, Saturday 19th June – volunteers needed between 11-5 to help out in all sorts of fayre type things and to help run cook and eat, planting and greenhouse tours.

To keep up to date with Growing Southwark please see the following:

Growing Southwark’s Facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=wall&ref=mf&gid=318407676701
Growing Southwark’s Project Dirt page: http://www.projectdirt.com/profile/GrowingSouthwark
Myatts Field page:

http://www.projectdirt.com/group/myattsfieldspark

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