Community Garden

What’s going on at the community garden?
The Friends of Agnes Riley Gardens have been busy over the winter getting the community garden ready for a summer of food growing. We want to involve lots more people so have been running community gardening sessions on Sunday mornings. The next one is Sunday 27th March 11-1pm. We will post regular updates of gardening sessions on the notice board. All welcome to come and take part, share skills and get closer to nature.

Polytunnel
The new polytunnel gives us a wonderful opportunity to plant lots of seeds. We have already had some success with broccoli seeds which were planted almost by accident, and sunflower seeds have germinated quickly. Now the weather is warming we are hoping to plant lots more. If you have ideas, seeds, knowledge, skills – we would love you to share them. We are hoping to plant some seedlings out in the garden but also we would like to have plants for people to take home and nurture on balconies and steps, especially things like tomatoes and herbs.

Big Dig Saturday 16th April, 12-4pm
We will be taking part in the Capital Growth Big Dig day on Saturday 16th April 12-4pm. We will be running activities for children, there will be lots of seed sowing, potting on, planting out and digging, and we are making arrangements for tea and coffee and possibly a cake sale. We hope that lots more people will come and find us and become a regular part of the gardening community. If you have seeds or seedlings yourself please bring them to swap and share, and we welcome donations of plants, unwanted pots, seed trays and gardening equipment.

A connection with Brixton Windmill
Did you know there is a windmill in Brixton? Well they are going to start milling wheat this year and have asked us if we can grow some wheat for them. We are preparing an area on the other side of the one o’clock club, working with Steiner school who have done an amazing job so far preparing the soil. Brixton Windmill is at the end of Blenheim Gardens, off Brixton Hill.

Get in touch
To find out more please contact Sue on 07961 342247, send an email to cwong@claphampark.org.uk to be added to our email list, and/or check the notice board in the community garden.  If you have had a plot to garden in the past please do get in touch and let us know if you are planning to continue this year, as there is now a big demand for communal space. There will be plenty of herbs, salad, fruit and veg for everyone to share, and we hope to have some fun cooking and eating some of the food at events in the garden during the year.

Big Dig Day 16 April 16