GrowingSouthwark's Blog

‘How to Get a Community Garden Growing’-15 page TTB guide
May 11, 2010, 9:10 pm
Filed under: allotments, compost, edible, planting, Uncategorized

Launch of our new Grower’s Pack by Transition Town Brixton-a great resource:

‘How to Get a Community Garden Growing’

This 15 page guide to establishing a community garden in and around Brixton is full of information. From ‘first things’ to finding land, from soil to skills, from insurance to involving others, it has lots of advice and links to resources.

The guide has been written by members of the Food and Growing Group using their experience over the last year in setting up community gardens. To those involved in its production, apologies for the delay in finalizing it, we have had difficulties with file formats. We are very grateful to Chris Rodier for sorting this out for us.

To encourage the establishment of more gardens we would love to make it widely available, so please download and print out a copy for your local group. Or collect a copy from the shop (they aren’t there yet, but will be soon when we have arranged printing).  It can be downloaded from our website:

Best wishes and hope to see you soon,

Coordinators Katy Press, Katy Thompson and Penny Noy

Transition Town Brixton
Food & Growing Group


Ruskin Park growing space+recycled John Innes no. 1,2,3
May 9, 2010, 9:30 pm
Filed under: compost, ruskin park, Uncategorized

Visited the Ruskin Park growing space today-what a beautiful site and it’s going to be such a great place to grow fruit and veg! It’s just been set up by the wonderful Friends of RP and Herne Hill CAN-so please support them -dig in’s are every Sunday- 1-4pm.

Also I wanted to tell you all about a non-peat, organic, recyled alternative to John Innes no. 1, 2 and 3 see VitalEarth-

and is stocked at

some also available at Knollys Road garden centre…shame it is not stocked at more locations in SE London…

Volunteering opportunties-This Sunday 11th April
April 7, 2010, 3:15 pm
Filed under: compost, cossall estate, edible, planting, sowing

Sunday, 11 April 2010
10:00 – 13:00
Myatts Field Park
Greenhouse planting:
-Sow, sow, sow!
-Herbs, salad leaves and marigolds in the greenhouse.
-Lots to do and gravel to shift too, so come with your sleeves rolled up and pitch in!

and later in the afternoon:

Cossall Estate Growing Project on Cossall Park, Peckham, SE15
Sunday, 11 April 2010
14:30 – 17:00
Cossall Park, north end of Gordon Road
It’s raising the bed time! We have some more top soil to add as the bed settles. The grass needs raking and any soil conditioner bagging for the next bed….and then we need to start sowing some seeds!! sow, sow, sow…………..

All hands on deck for this final push!
Cossall Park is here:

Compost + horse manure
So where to get it from..ask your neighbour do they have any-if you have space why not set-up a compost heap together…
If you need local compost try Aardvark recycling they are based in Lambeth Flodden Road just under the railway bridge and on the right..
Get horse manure from local stables e.g. Dulwich on the South Circular..
Why not start your own compost bin or make a wormery -see post above for how to make your own wormery from tyres!
If you are planting cucumbers it is great to plant half rotted vegetable waste underneath with a layer of cardboard and then compost on top as the cues will get heat and thus humidity from the waste breaking down.
If you need to buy compost try VitalEarth there are various sorts and can be found for sale at Alleyn Park Garden Centre rear of 77 Park Hall Road or TerraFirma, Knollys Road…This is PEAT FREE, organic and recycled…They do no 1 and no2 similar to John Innes (but this contains peat; VitalEarth doesn’t) as well as Soil improver, vegetable compost and lots more
Come along to our workshops at Myatt’s Field Greenhouse from 1o this Sunday or at the Cossall Estate, Peckham from 3 for more info and to meet some greenfingered folk!