Children’s workshop: Decorate and Plant your own Salad Box

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday the 28th of May we 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 commongrowthuk@gmail.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.

Hope to see you soon!

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Get ready for another year at Common Growth!

Common Growth team

Common Growth volunteers

We’ve been working hard all winter to get the garden ready for another year of growing fun. We’ve built a pergola, and a new raised bed, repaired the greenhouse after heavy storms (!), planted bulbs, turned compost, dug manure into the soil, repaired and painted a bench that we found on the street and shared numerous bowls of hearty soup! 

The garden is usually open every Sunday afternoon from 2-5, and during the Telegraph Hill Festival we are putting on a couple of extra events. On Saturday the 22nd of March the garden is open from 2-5 for the ‘The Big Dig’ – a nationwide project organised by Capital Growth to get more people down to their local community gardens to get involved with food growing!

And on Saturday the 4th and Sunday the 5th of April it’s ‘Art in the Garden’ day as part of the ‘Open Studios’ weekend! Come and join us between 2-5 pm to help paint the fence inside our garden. Together with local artist Myah we are creating the Longest Artwork in New Cross (15 metres)! No need to bring any paint, but spare paint brushes are appreciated. Make sure to wear some old clothes.

We’ve been awarded some funding by the local council to organise more gardening workshops for kids and adults in collaboration with Frendsbury Community Gardens in Brockley. This is great news for all, as the workshops are free for all to attend, informative, practical & fun, and they help us to develop the garden. So do come along if you can! A full programme will be confirmed shortly, but the first workshops will be as follows:

Saturday 12th of April – Let’s get sowing and growing!

10.00-12.00 Frendsbury Community Garden, Frendsbury Road, Brockley, SE4 2LB

13.30-15.30 Common Growth Community Garden, Sandbourne Road, New Cross, SE4 2NS

Hints and tips for sowing seeds (conditions, compost)
Hardening off, Pricking out and Potting on seedlings
Practical activities & seed pots to take home!

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 commongrowthuk@gmail.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.

See you at Common Growth!

Free gardening workshops in August

Dear Garden lovers,

With all this warmth and sunshine the garden is bursting with life – come and pop in for a visit! We’ve got our regular Sunday opening from 2.00pm to 5.00pm and also both a kids workshop and an adults workshop in August, so you’re spoilt for choice!

First up is the kid’s workshop on Wednesday 7th of August called herb spiral fun. It is suitable for children of all ages and runs from 10.30-12.00, and will involve fun learning activities, games and singing.

After that there will be an adult’s workshop on Saturday 17th of August called Herbs and their uses and will run from 10.30 to 12.30. As usual this will be a mix of learning and practical activity.

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.

More information on the courses is given below. If you would like to attend any of them, or want more information, then please text Rich on 07901 360321 or email commongrowthuk@gmail.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.

Common Growth Community Garden, Sandbourne Road (on the corner with Jerningham Rd), SE4 2NS. http://goo.gl/maps/wu3GC

Looking forward to seeing you there!
Rich
On behalf of Common Growth Community Garden.

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Workshop on organic pest control methods: Jun 8

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 commongrowthuk@gmail.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.
Anniek
On behalf of Common Growth and Grow Wild
Sandbourne Road, Telegraph Hill, SE4 2NS, http://goo.gl/maps/HfQp4

New Greenhouse, Soup and Sunflowers at Common Growth

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 commongrowthuk@gmail.com 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

Pond Planting   Saturday 11 May 10:30am – 12:30pm

http://growwild.org.uk/food-growing-workshops-for-all/

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A hive of activity at Common Growth

Sunday 6ht of January 2013

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.

Anniek

On behalf of Common Growth (email: commongrowthuk@gmail.com)

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