Summer Gardening Club: Making Lavender Biscuits

Today we decided to make use of the lovely lavender plant which is in full bloom – can you see it below?

We got a recipe for lavender biscuits from the internet and got started.

Here is Ellie smelling the wonderful lavender

Here the lavender is being chopped!

And here we are all hard at work beating the mix. Nathaniel said that ‘baking is hard’ when he was doing this!

Summer Garden Club at Pembroke House

Summer Gardening Club
At Pembroke House 

by Joseph Tang
Pembroke House Gardening Club is a fantastic club for children who love gardening. There is always something to do whatever the weather. There is drawing, hunting for plants, and lots more.

There are two people there, Ellie and Kathleen, and will teach how to draw and plant flowers. The picture below is of two special plants, and has lavender in the background. These pictures that I have taken here are located in Pembroke Pocket Garden, where the gardening club starts. The Gardening Club happens every Wednesday from 11am – 1pm. The gardening is just round the corner from Tatum Street. I suggest you stay for a first time. Below left, the children are playing a train game where the conductor says a plant and the passengers try to find the flower.

Hannah suggested this game, at the front. 

There are snacks at the breaks and you get drinks.

Sunshine between showers

tiny alpine strawberries wear their seeds on the outside

poached egg flowers loved by insects

the young lavender smells slightly antiseptic and medicinal at the moment

towering leek aliums

the first raspberries from new plants

this box was planted with nasturtiums but has been hosting rogue borage, tomatillo and some sort of brassica too

we’ve removed the fruit from the first year apple trees to help them get stronger for next year

one of the wildflowers planted for bees

Is it time for transition elephant?

Celebrating elephant in midsummer:
Thurs 21st June, 7pm-late
You are invited to celebrate the longest evening in the year by getting together to enjoy a walworth bonfire, live music, local food and conversation around the question:

Is it time to set up Transition Elephant?

Transition is an independent movement made up of local communities getting ready for climate change, peak oil and other massive changes. There are dozens of transition towns in London but currently no Transition communities in the North Southwark area.

So would we like a transition elephant? And if so, what would like it to do? 

Pembroke Pocket Garden and new economics foundation have teamed up to bring local people together around this matter as part of the Festival of Transition.

Here are the details:

Thursday 21st June, 7pm – late
Pembroke Pocket Garden
(inside Pembroke House if bad weather)

Guest speaker
Stephen Reid, new economics foundation

Bring and Share supper (home grown especially welcome)

Live band:
Music for Life UK


Please extend this invite to friends that live near Elephant and Castle that may not have been invited. THANKS!

April shower power

Old greenhouse panels and gaffer tape became a new cold frame in 10 minutes

The clover sown as green manures is flowering a gorgeous deep red

The apples trees are blossoming

The rhubarb leaves are looking a bit yellow. Does this mean they need nitrogen?

French bean seedlings planted out last week have not survived. Too cold? Too windy?

Raspberry and blackcurrant plants are too close together for the long term but are looking well for now

Dont know what to do with Angelica but its flourishing in the April showers

Trying to let the grass seed grow in the bare patches. Doesnt stop the foxes crapping everywhere!

There are just a few nettles around the place so we may as well try making a liquid plant feed. Just chopped and bruised nettles plus rain water in a dark place.


14th April.
Saturday morning sessions are well under way. 

Irrigation and retaining water in the containers is a big theme for us this year, especially given the hose pipe ban. We are experimenting with creating a shallow well at the bottom made with upside down plastic trays, a layer of material to soak up the water and hollow tubes so we can water straight to the bottom of the containers, nearer the plant roots.

We are also trying sunken plastic bottles with holes to get the water further down. It may mean the top forms a deceptive dry crust, but the plants should flourish.

We are stacking the boxes higher this year for a cascade of different plants.

Can you spot the gorgeous brown moth?


Another beast we disturbed today

All Change

The wind took our greenhouse and blew the unfinished bus stop-style shelter over, so some reorganisation is needed. By moving both of those big structures against the fence at the back, we suddenly have a big new space for growing boxes on the grass. Ernst & Young have kindly offered to see about donating and constructing a new and better greenhouse in the coming months.