GrowingSouthwark's Blog


This Saturday at Myatt’s Field Greenhouse
April 28, 2010, 9:38 pm
Filed under: herbs, myatts field, Uncategorized

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Volunteering opportunties-This Saturday 1st May
2-4
Myatts Field Park
Greenhouse planting:
-Sow, sow, sow!
-Herbs and beans-1 pot for you to take home-1 for the greenhouse
-Lots to do , cucumber seedlings among others to plant out, weeding to do…so come with your sleeves rolled up and pitch in! and get dirty!
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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!


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

Keep checking out our blog on:

https://growingsouthwark.wordpress.com/

and be our friend on:

http://twitter.com/GrowSouthwark



Potential Edible Planting around Kender St, New Cross
February 27, 2010, 8:32 pm
Filed under: campaigning, herbs, planting, street, Uncategorized

Ok-I’ve just copied and pasted this email straight from http://www.telegraphhillfestival.org.uk/localandnotsolocalevents.htm
as it is a BRILLIANT example of how to engage with your local council and enticing them into edible planting on our streets-what a great idea.
I’m hoping Daz will report back to us on this!

From: dazflint@hotmail.com
To: keith.gordon@lewisham.gov.uk
Subject: Edible Planting around Kender Street
Date: Mon, 22 Feb 2010 15:47:09 +0000

Dear Keith,

A few weeks ago we met at the public exhibition for the Kender Street improvements. We discussed the new planting for the ‘Streets for People’ scheme and I stressed how important I think it is to include some edible varieties of street planting.

Of course you will appreciate that street planting does not just improve the aesthetic impact of an area – it also increases wildlife habitat and biodiversity, reduces the impact of flash flooding and serves to improve air quality. Street planting serves many purposes, and these must be considered together rather than in isolation. Thus it seems reasonable to add a further benefit to street planting, where this can be done at little or no extra cost – namely, providing a source of free, healthy and ‘low-carbon’ foodstuff.

I fully appreciate local authorities’ historic weariness of fruit-trees, for example – that they are seen as more troublesome than none-fruiting varieties. But the majority of fruit trees will produce without specialist pruning or other care. The impact of fruit-fall need be no greater than that of leaf- and flower-shedding, and fallen fruits are quickly consumed by urban wildlife. In the past, local authorities acted according to a different set of priorities. Today, food security, energy reduction and healthy, sustainable lifestyles are high on the agenda. Edible urban planting can make a significant local improvement in all these regards, and Lewisham Council increasingly seeks to achieve best practice on issues of environment and sustainability.

There are other ways to bring edible planting into the urban realm. Borders and grassed areas can be edged with fruiting shrubs such as raspberries and blackcurrants. There are several very tidy, well-behaved varieties available which will not spread, do not require pruning to fruit and will not over-produce. If flower-beds are to be maintained, highly attractive edible varieties such as courgettes and nasturtiums can be used. Finally, culinary herbs make for effective, low-maintenance planting.

It isn’t the case that everybody has to come out into the street picking fruit constantly. Rather, the point is to create an additional benefit that can be tapped into if required, without costing extra resources. Any food that isn’t harvested simply encourages local biodiversity and attracts increased wildlife (such as birds onto fruiting shrubs). This is not a loss, but rather an alternative benefit to be had. Once again, I insist that fruiting trees or edible flowers can be planted at no or negligible extra cost compared to non-edible types – there is nothing to be lost and much to be gained. A single apple tree can last a lifetime and produce literally tonnes of fruit for the local community.

I hope that you will take these comments on board and seek to incorporate elements of edible planting into the ‘Streets for People’ works. I would be absolutely delighted to clarify any of these points or to advise more specifically on different types of edible planting suited to different contexts. You might also consult Rich Far and Sean McBride (Lewisham’s Street Trees Officers, whom I am sure you know). Nick Pond, Lewisham’s Ecological Regeneration Manager may advise on other technical issues whilst the London Orchard Project should be able to give further advice on fruit tree varieties that are particularly suited to (and indeed have been bred for) London.

I hope that these suggestions are well-recieved and that you will take every effort to act upon
them.

With kind regards,

Darren Flint

Darren then says:
Dear Transition Town friends,

You may be interested to read the above email, which I have sent to Keith Gordon at Lewisham council. He is a landscape architect responsible for the streetscape improvements that will be done around the Kender Street Triangle, under the ‘Streets for People’ banner. Please note that Keith is not responsible for the major TfL works that are redesigning the main roads around New Cross Gate and Kender – his remit will be to redevelop the newly-formed ‘back streets’ such as Kender Street itself. My hope is that he will include elements of edible planting into the basic design, which has already been drawn up and was on display at Kender Primary School a few weeks ago. If anybody else thinks that edible street planting in New Cross is a good idea, please consider contacting Keith to add your support.

-Darren Flint (Lewisham Green Party, candidate for Telegraph Hill}.



Herbs for bees
February 23, 2010, 2:34 pm
Filed under: bees, herbs, planting

http://www.herbsociety.org.uk/hg-ba10-attract-bees-to-garden.htm