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!


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!



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



Myatts Field
February 23, 2010, 11:47 am
Filed under: birds, events, fruit trees, myatts field, planting, stag beetle, Uncategorized

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO PLANT FRUIT TREES

We need people to help us plant a range of fruit trees and bushes around Myatt’s Fields Park greenhouse on Saturday March 6th 2010 from 1pm – 4pm.

The fruit will be used to supply the park’s café and for cooking projects involving local people in the park.

We would very much appreciate as much help as possible with this, so please contact Victoria Sherwin on 0207 926 0394 to book your place. Children welcome. Please wear suitable clothing as it will be muddy.

BUILD A STAG BEETLE HOTEL AND LEARN ABOUT STAG BEETLES

Children will be able to help build a stag beetle hotel in the wildlife area this Saturday February 27th at Myatt’s Fields Park.

They will be given the chance to learn more about these fascinating and endangered creatures during the free session which runs from 2pm – 4pm.

Lambeth Play Association will also be offered free play activities from 1pm – 4pm.

BIRD WATCHING IN MYATT’S FIELDS PARK: SEND US YOUR PHOTOS

A local resident sent us the following summary of birds you might see in Myatt’s Fields Park at the moment:

First the big ones – black carrion crows stomping around on the grass and often quarrelling with other crows; wood pigeons feeding on the ground and roosting in the trees; ‘London ‘ pigeons (feral rock doves) in flocks after bread; green ring-necked parakeets descended from escaped pets – the noisiest birds in the park – and black- headed gulls, usually flying over the park.

Next the medium size: we are still seeing flocks of 40-50 redwings, small thrushes with spotted breasts and a red stripe under the wing, feeding on worms on the grass. They are passing through on their way to nest in Scandinavia and will disappear as soon as warmer weather comes. They often mix with starlings, also in small flocks. Then we have resident and migrant blackbirds digging in leaves under the bushes, and occasionally a great -spotted woodpecker, who may soon send a message for a mate by drumming on one of the trees.

Finally the smaller birds: the robins are establishing their territories by singing vigorously at the start and end of the day. We have a flock of goldfinches – red and gold- often in the tops of the plane trees; and greenfinches with a wheezy sort of song. Great tits and blue tits are the commonest birds in the park; dunnocks are small brown birds that stay under cover, and the wren, smallest of all, is also staying out of sight most of the time. House sparrows are around some of the bird tables in the area, but are hardly ever in the park.

PLEASE SEND US ANY PHOTOS YOU TAKE OF BIRDS IN THE PARK, PARTICULARLY THE MORE UNUSUAL. WE HOPE TO PRODUCE A LEAFLET ABOUT THE PARK AND WOULD LOVE TO INCLUDE PICTURES BY LOCAL PEOPLE
Sherwin,Victoria [VSherwin@lambeth.gov.uk]