Confit of Garlic a la the Food Mixer recipe from the Hill Station

I’d like to share with you that I made the Confit of Garlic from the recipe in the Food Mixer in an attempt to inspire more of you to give it a go too! As guest editor of this edition, I thought I should at least give it a go myself. Although a little time consuming it was very easy.

The peeling of 20 garlic heads took me a while (I did twice the quantities), and then all I did was put it in the oven with lots of olive oil,  slow roasted tomatoes, fresh thyme, rosemary, sage and black pepper corns. I have to leave it to sit for at least a week now, but if it tastes as good as it smelled I’m in for a treat. Thanks to the Hill Station for sharing the recipe!



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Halloween at Common Growth

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…!

See you soon.

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Common Growth News Update and Minutes

If you are interested to read the Common Growth  ‘end of season’ steering group meeting minutes, please click here! Common Growth minutes oct 2012

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!


See you soon,


Common Growth minutes oct 2012



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Common Growth wins Prize!

Dear All,

We are very proud to announce that Common Growth has won 3rd prize in the Community Garden category of the Lewisham in Bloom awards! A very big THANK YOU to all the people that have lent a hand throughout the year! Hereby a picture of our amazing crops!

Hope you all feel inspired to get more involved? The garden will continue to be open on Sunday afternoons – from 2-5 through the Autumn, so come and say hello. We already have lots of exiting plans for next season, and would love to hear your ideas too!



The Common Growth Garden is located on Sandbourne Road, just off Jerningham Rd.



The ‘Art in the Garden’ event in July was a great success, and the result is now visible on the Common Growth fence on Sandbourne Rd! All the beautifull letters and flowers that were painted by children and adults alike have transformed the entrance to our community garden.

Hopefully our new ‘look’ will inspire many more enthusiastic gardeners to come and help out in the garden 🙂

We now have a bounty of delicious vegetables growing in the raised beds. Come and claim your rewards for an aftenoon of helping out in the garden. There is always plenty to do!



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