GrowingSouthwark's Blog


Tidying up the Growing Cossall bed
February 5, 2012, 11:23 pm
Filed under: broad beans, cossall estate

So last week we spent a cold but sunny afternoon clearing parts of the raised bed ready for planting-I managed to pop some broad bean ‘beans’ in the ground before the snow fell-it was February after all!¬)

So we are looking to do a further session on Sunday 19th February at 2pm-do keep this date free in your diary and pop down to help out and lets plan our planting for the next year !¬)



Big Lunch this Sunday
July 17, 2010, 12:23 am
Filed under: cossall estate

BIG LUNCH 

this Sunday 18th July 2-6pm

‘sunny intervals!’ 

Bring a dish to share containing, if you can, an edible delight from the new ‘Growing Cossall-Cossall Estate Community Growing Project’ raised bed, herb bed or Kirkwood Road nature garden. 

Activities on the day:

– help make vegetable kebabs with halloumi cheese for the BBQ;

– make your own cheap, delicious salad to share;

– bring a clean, empty glass jar or small plastic bottle to make your own ‘herby’ salad dressing to share and take home;

– Make ‘wild’ African black eyed bean balls with Ceri from ‘Invisible Food’;

-make your own smoothie with the Smoothie bike;

– put your recipe on the recipe washing line; 

– help design new signs for the edible garden;

– fill in the gaps in the raised bed with additional planting and sow a pot of salad leaves, chard or herbs to take home.

If any adult would like to do a stint supervising the smoothie bike or on the BBQ then please let us know…if not just join in with all the events above!

Please remember all children are to be accompanied by a supervising adult.

Contact Lesley or Sarah at office@growingsouthwark.org.uk 

Or see http://www.thebiglunch.com for more ideas-lets make the Cossall Estate BigLunch fun for all!

Facilitated by Growing Southwark via Growing Cossall your Cossall Estate Community Growing project-supported by Well London and Southwark Council.



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: http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?X=534639&Y=176585&A=Y&Z=110&ax=534669&ay=176596



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 http://www.aardvarkrecycling.org.uk/ 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 wormeryhttp://www.elcrp-recycling.com/pages/vermiculture -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 http://www.thegreenergardener.com/ 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!


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.