Looking for gardeners

These are exciting times! Spring is springing and after this weekend there will be more light in the evenings. Time to start growing some food in our Growing on Food Wast project!

We will be gardening as a weekly group on Tuesday evenings, starting 2nd of April 2019 at 7 pm until 8:15 – 8:30. You don’t need to come to every evening but it would be nice if we formed a bit of a consistent group.

Gardening is great for our health: being outside, having some movement, being in touch with nature and soil… And within the group creating community.

So what will we be doing together?

There will be something to do for everyone: small fiddly jobs requiring focus and patience, big jobs requiring strength and anything in between

  • Harvesting compost
  • Filling the potato boxes
  • Weeding and taking plastic bits out of the compost
  • Sowing
  • Planting – I have already been sowing some things
  • Deciding what we would like to grow
  • Keeping the area tidy: taking out any broom and gorse coming up
  • And of course: harvesting!

And what to bring?

  • Any hand tools you like to use (no problem if you don’t have any)
  • Gardening gloves if you like to wear those – useful when working with compost
  • A mug for a cup of tea at the end
  • Clothes that can get a bit dirty
  • Anything you need to be comfortable

Any small print?

Not really. You’ll be responsible for your own health and the evenings are free. The harvest will be shared by those who come to the gardening sessions on a regular basis. I’ll need your email address and phone number so I can let you know when things change.

Want to join?

Please let me know via the contact form below. Hope to see you there!

Things are going really well!

There are now five hotbins, thanks to the various donations that are still coming in. Two extra ones were necessary because many people are bringing their food waste and the three existing bins were full to the brim.

Carin Schwartz and I gathered two wheelbarrows of veg that had gone off from a local shop, chopped it up and mixed it with shredded paper and wood chips to give the new bins a good start. They’re steaming already.

Then five potato boxes and two wheels of straw arrived, all bought with the money from donations (thank you!). The idea is that we’re going to fill the potato boxes with soil and organic matter and put a layer of about 4 inches of compost on top. That will be the compost we’re making at the moment.

Once the boxes are filled we can start growing vegetables! The idea is to do the growing together as a group one evening a week, starting as soon as it gets light enough to be outside in the evening.

There will also be a work party soon to start filling the potato boxes. I will let you know.

Are you exited to be involved in growing food together? Let me know via the contact form below!

First bins are up, a super warm bin and worms

Last week I moved the first compost bins to the area so it actually looks like something is happening – other than just in my head. Hugo helped me transfer the not-yet-ready compost I have been making to the new bins.

I was happy to see lots of worms transforming the plant material into beautiful compost.

When I was at Costa earlier this week I suddenly realised they probably throw out lots of used coffee grounds. And those are a great source of ‘green’ (although they are brown) material. I guessed they would heat up my Hotbin considerably. And they did! That’s 70 degrees Celsius on the thermometer.

Let me know if you are a regular visitor of Costa and would be happy to bring their coffee grounds to the project.

An update on the donations: I have £185 now, only £15 short for a hotbin. I hope the money comes in this week! Then I can order one, put it in place, move what sits in my present hotbins into it and then move the two existing hotbins to the area.

Are you happy to give some money and support this project? You can do that here or when you bump into me 🙂

I must say that I had a lot of people telling me they love the project and want to be involved and putting bank notes in my hand.

Progress!

Great news: the first donations are in!

Carin Schwartz found concrete slabs for the project. they will serve as foundation for the hotbins. She also found a green compost cone and donated a role of wire mesh. I will use that under the green compost bins to rodent proof them.

Then this morning the first financial donation of £50 from East Whins neighbour Gordon Stevenson came in, hurrah!

And yesterday Cornelia and I taped off the area. For some reason it now feels more real.