Wednesday 16th November

Everyone finds the Tomatillos delicious! We impressed some of the ladies on the Inspire biscuit baking course with them. And we have lost many to slugs and snails. Oh well.
Jenny the Cook is using up the last of this year’s tomatoes in a Chutney. She has promised us the recipe!

Possible New Look for the Garden! We’re trying out ways of increasing the growing space, and making the Garden a more exciting place to walk around.

London Wildlife Trust

The Centre for Wildlife Gardening in Peckham has lots of great info posted up around the garden.

Harvested seeds hanging inside the classroom

FREE CONSENSUS DECISION MAKING WORKSHOP

FREE CONSENSUS DECISION MAKING WORKSHOP
Sat 26th Nov 2011
10am-5pm
Pembroke House, Tatum Street, Walworth
SE17 1QR

Are you interested in learning how to help your community group make decisions collectively?

If so, this is the workshop for you!

Consensus decision making is a creative and dynamic way of reaching agreement between all members of a group. Instead of simply voting for an item and having the majority of the group getting their way, a consensus group is committed to finding solutions that everyone actively supports – or at least can live with.
The workshop will be facilitated by Seeds of Change, a non-profit training and support co-op which helps people organise for action and positive social change.
To register, please click here If you are part of a local group, it would be ideal to have at least two of your members attend the workshop. This is because it is considerably easier for two people or more to feedback the learning outcomes of the workshop to their group.

The host – Pembroke Community Garden, is especially keen to have other food growing groups and local community groups participate, as it is interested in creating and strengthening local networks.
The workshop is free and will include a bring and share lunch.  So if you do register, please bring some food with you to share.

If you have any questions please emailpembrokecommunitygarden@gmail.com or call 07871955394.

Wednesday 9th November

 The Garlic ‘Marco’ is doing well already, and has not been eaten by squirrels yet!
The Elephant Garlic is slower to sprout, but is just pushing through the soil.

Many of the tomatoes are hanging down close to the wet ground now that the branches are old and sagging. Many are rotting on the vine…
..so, the tomatoes in danger of rotting have been placed in the greenhouse in the hope that as many as possible will continue to ripen.
Some have already ripened in the greenhouse. Should we think about collecting their seeds for next year?
The Winter Parsline is doing very well. How do we eat this?
Somebody (squirrels?) is digging big holes and digging up our beetroot!
The beetroots need to be thinned to give those that aren’t eaten by squirrels enough space to grow and get fat.
We need to keep an eye on drainage during the winter….

Someone has even started digging holes in the pots in the greenhouse!
The Hazel has started budding, so hopefully we will have plenty of Hazelnuts next year. The broken branches have been tidied up.

We must remeber next year to harvest the Tomatellos more often. So many have dropped and been eaten by slugs and snail. It would be nice if they shared more with us!

Wednesday 2nd November

On the way to the Garden, a punnet of figs was collected from Chumleigh Gardens in Burgess Park!

The broad beans planted last month are doing well.

And the garlic planted two weeks ago, have sprung up too.
The tiny chilli plants re-potted and placed in the greenhouse are doing well and some have started to flower.

Also in the greenhouse, the runner beans have dried and can be stored for planting out in the spring.
Compost!
The three compost bins were emptied out and mixed together.
All the twiggy bits were cut up in to smaller pieces to ease composting.
Once mixed together, the compost was put back in to one container, with layers of shredded cardboard, tomato plants in between and a sheet of plastic covering the whole bin to keep the compost nice and warm.

Found in amongst the compost was this sprouting avacado seed. This has been potted up and put in the greenhouse.

And found in the mounds of things waiting to be put in the skip were these potatoes desperate for some soil to get themselves started. Next week, these need planting!

A leaf from the tree that we have been told is a terrible weed and we should cut it down before it takes over the garden. Seems to be a Hazel though, so we could get some lovely Hazelnuts off it if we can beat the squirrels to them.
A five year cycle of coppicing right down to the base is recommended to ensure bushy growth. As this once has pretty much been coppiced down to the base, we can probably leave it for another five years, gathering Nuts in May (or at least in the autumn)!