On Wednesday the 28th of Maywe have a great half-term filler with the decorate and plant your own salad box children’s workshop. Encourage your children to grow and eat delicious and healthy food, and take home your own salad box to look after.
See and taste salad growing in the garden
Vegetable Garden Friends ‘Salad Sing-Along’
Planting seeds and decorating a salad box to take home
The workshop will start at 10.30 and will run for approximately 1h30. It is free to come along, and we will provide all materials. The workshop will be led by Suriya Pieris and Ruth Robinson.
Common Growth Community Garden, Sandbourne Road, New Cross, SE4 2NS
The workshops are informal and fun, and a great way to learn a few more gardening skills and share tips with other gardeners. If you would like to attend or want more information, then please text Rich on 07901 360321 or email email@example.com giving the name of attendees and a contact telephone number and which course at which garden you’d like to attend. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. All courses are free, but we suggest a £3 voluntary donation to help cover the costs of materials.
The beautiful wildflower display at the Common Growth Community Garden is attracting lots of bees, bumblebees and other amazing insects. Here some pictures from last Sunday. Do come and have a look and enjoy our lovely garden some time. We are open on Sunday afternoons from 2-5pm – hope to see you there! If you’d like more info on how to get involved in the garden, or join us for our permaculture workshops, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Everyone can do their bit to help our bees by joining in with the 1000 Sunflowers for New Cross campaign that is organised by Grow Wild and New X-ing. Look out for sunflower related events at www.growwild.org.uk.
Grow Wild and Common Growth are inviting you to another free permaculture gardening workshop at the Common Growth Community Garden on Sandbourne Rd. The workshops are informal and fun, and it’s a great way to learn a few more gardening skills and share tips with other gardeners. Saturday’s course is on pests, and although this might not sound glamorous, every gardener knows how annoying it is when your salad crop gets munched up by snails overnight, or your beans attract black fly. So come and find out how to control these problems without using chemical pesticides, but by using organic permaculture methods.
Sat 8 June 10.30 – 12.30 Insects: Friend or Foe?
~ Learn to identify pests
~ Organic pest control methods
~ Recognising beneficial insects and how to encourage them to your garden
~ Practical activity: planting flowers which attract beneficial insects to the garden.
If you would like to attend the workshop, or like more information, then please text Rich on 07901 360321 or email email@example.com giving the name of attendees and a contact telephone number. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. All courses are free, but we suggest a £3 voluntary donation to help cover the costs of materials.
Also, don’t forget that the garden is open on Sunday afternoons from 2.00pm to 5.00pm. We are always looking for more enthusiastic gardeners to get involved – no gardening experience necessary, just come and enjoy the garden!
Looking forward to seeing you there.
On behalf of Common Growth and Grow Wild
Sandbourne Road, Telegraph Hill, SE4 2NS, http://goo.gl/maps/HfQp4
The ‘first’ day of spring brought lots of people to Common Growth. As well as 8 of our regulars, we welcomed 8 new people to the garden. /We finally finished the greenhouse! So we immediately got underway with our seed planting – starting with like 120 sunflowers for the ‘1000 Sunflowers in New Cross’ project. We also planted some potatoes and wild flowers, dug over compost, and managed some weeding. Then it was time for Souper Sunday! This time it was my turn (Anniek) to cook and I served beetroot and jerusalem artichoke soup with home made bread. Yum!
Let’s hope the sun is now ‘back’ to help the seedlings germinate and our plants recover from the harsh winter.
The garden is open from around 2-5pm each Sunday. Hope to see you there.
PS. There are still some places for the free gardening workshops at Common Growth – email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place.
Get sowing and growing Saturday 13 April 10:30am – 12:30pm
Growing fruit in containers Saturday 2o April 10:30am – 12:30pm
I was pleasantly surprised to see that on a miserable grey Sunday so many volunteers braved the cold and came to help out at the Common Growth garden. With the promise of cups of tea, hot soup and cakes as a reward, 12 of us set out to build the greenhouse and planters, fix the gate, put up a trellis, paint the fence and harvest Jerusalem Artichokes (see the photos). This working together, conversations, camaraderie and sharing food is exactly what Common Growth is about! So thank you very much to Kayvan, Tamsin, Isabella, Pat, Arij, Carlos, Jim, Carlo, Richard, Zuhura and Rich for all your efforts to make it such a brilliant start of 2013!
Over the next few weeks we’ll continue to do some building work at the garden, so that we are ready to start the next growing season come Spring. Do come along if you’d like to help with any of these jobs: finishing the greenhouse, doing some landscaping, making a path, painting the fence, turning the compost heaps, building a new pond, building a pergola. We’ll also continue to serve freshly made soup in the garden, as we intend Souper Sunday to become a regular community event for all.
By the way, the greenhouse was bought with support from Grow Wild (www.growwild.org.uk) – and we can’t wait to start using it!
Hope to see you on a Sunday from 2-5ish in the Common Growth garden on Sandbourne Rd.
On behalf of Common Growth (email: email@example.com)