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: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Here at Common Growth we won’t let the cold and dark winter months stand in our way! We are very excited that Louise from Grow Wild will be setting up a field kitchen in the garden this Sunday for a soup making workshop! What better way to warm yourself up after a winter walk or even a spot of gardening! So do drop in and taste some deliciously healthy soup, from locally sourced ingredients such as leeks and herbs straight from the Common Growth garden. Louise will be there from 2-3pm this Sunday the 11th of November.
The intention is that ‘Soup on Sunday’ will become a regular event in the Common Growth calendar. The next Soup session will be on Sunday November the 25th from 2pm.
Hope you come and join us on these Souper Sundays 🙂
(If you feel like doing some gardening while you’re there, some beds need to be cleared and tidied up for winter; the compost heaps need to be turned – and compost from the bins (it’s very good quality!) can be added to the raised beds.)
The Halloween Event at Common Growth was a success. Many thanks to Suriya, Ruth, Louise, Ella and Jim who organised it. There was games, singing, planting, art, and a soup making demonstration by Louise from Grow Wild. The photos attached tell the story of a fun afternoon! It is great to see that the space is put to good use this time a year. Hope to see more of this at CG in the future.
We’ll be doing more building stuff over the winter period. Not too much growing anymore – apart from Broad beans and garlic, and some salads. We’re also waiting to pick the brussels sprouts and dig up the Jerusalem Artichokes. Does anybody know how you’re supposed to know the artichokes are ready for digging up?
Some of us have discussed having a ‘Christmas Party’ at the garden with mulled wine and mince pies! You’ll definitely be invited if it happens…!
We try to keep the garden open on Sunday afternoons (2-5pm) throughout the winter months, but please accept our apologies if the garden is closed due to bad / cold weather…bear with us!
We are planning plenty of ‘building activities’ in the garden over the winter period, and are looking for people who can help out building decking and a path, putting together a greenhouse and digging a second wildlife pond. So get in touch if you want to help out!