GrowingSouthwark's Blog


seed and plant swap in Peckham
May 24, 2010, 2:57 pm
Filed under: planting, swap, Uncategorized
Following last year’s roaring success we will be hosting another
Seed & Plant SWAP on Sunday 30th May
Got too many courgettes and not enough tomato seedlings?
Run out of space to plant any more beans?
Bought way too many seeds?
Then come along to the bookshop garden anytime after 11am and exchange your excess. Strictly a SWAP event no cash to change hands please!
131 bellenden road, SE15
ps – thanks to green-fingered Rix for the reminder!
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‘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:

http://transitiontowns.org/Brixton/HowToGetACommunityGardenGoing

Best wishes and hope to see you soon,

Coordinators Katy Press, Katy Thompson and Penny Noy

Transition Town Brixton
Food & Growing Group



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.



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/