Hi everyone, we have been fortunate enough to get a grant from Groundwork to pay for timber, seeds, some topsoil and bits and pieces. So we can look forward to taking our next step, which will be digging extra lengths onto the existing beds and constructing the timber frames for the beds. The beds can be made 3 ft longer on each side, so the turf needs to be cut and turned first, followed by the folk who are staking and screwing the timber together. Following them, come the people who are filling the beds with topsoil (already on the site). If you are able and willing to dig the turf or shovel the soil, please would you bring a spade. We have not had a grant yet for tools. Trevor will supply the woodworking tools required. As ever Health and Safety need to be borne in mind, so don't take on too much. Anyone out there who is experienced in constructinging with timber - we could use your help. As before, with a bit of advance preparation by Trevor (many thanks), we should not need to take too long to complete the task. Hopefully, the morning should be sufficient.
Of course, this will all be weather permitting. After that, we may need to acquire more decent topsoil and/or compost to fill up the beds. I look forward to seeing you there.
PS The Secretary of State for the Environment is no longer asking to come for a photo-opportunity on the following Monday!
PPS People can get a message to me through the Avon Organic Website contact form
Horfield Organic Community Orchard are having an Apple day on Sunday 21 October 2-4pm
See attached file for details.
This is a letter from an old edition of The Organic Way –
We took advice in one of last years’ newsletters and just before the first frost we potted up 10 runner bean root stocks in some well rotted leafmould and left them to overwinter in our shed. We planted them out again in the spring when the soots began to show and the results have been amazing. Most of the beans we grew from seed were decimatede by slugs and snails, but the rootstock plants were not. They’ve romped ahead untouched by pests or diseases. Can we save the same rootstocks again this year? We don’t have any leafmould to store them in so could you please suggest some alternatives?
Answer: We don’t know! No-one here has kept runner bean plants over winter for two years running. The only info we have on overwintering bean roots comes from a Victorian book The Gardener’s Assistant, which says that such plants come into cropping far sooner than those raised from seed but will deteriorate if kept many years. It also points out that the roots are poisonous.
21st September 7pm, on the bandstand and in the Bowling Pavilion21st September 7pm, on the bandstand and in the Bowling Pavilion
Dear All, This will be the planning meeting for the proposed garden of edible plants on the bandstand. If you would like to be involved in the building/gardening/planning/organising in any way, no matter how small, please come. If you would really like to attend but are unable, please let me know as it is important to know who wants to be involved. Below are some suggested items to be discussed at the meeting. I have notes of ideas for each heading and if you would like them in full please email me and I will forward them for you to consider in advance.
Suggested Agenda for Meeting of Community Garden
1: 7 pm. Meet briefly on the bandstand to familiarise everyone with the land on offer. Move to the pavilion for the meeting
2: Decide on a time to finish the meeting. Introduce ourselves and identify any skills we can contribute.
3: What will be the guiding ideas behind the garden?
4: What will the garden look like?
5: What shall we grow?
6: What overall plan for the seasons and the year do we want?
7: Where will the money come from?
8: How will we organise ourselves?
9: What tasks follow from this meeting and who will do them?
I am really looking forward to us getting together and taking our first steps! Hope to see you there,
Helen McCreadie, Membership Secretary, Avon Organic Group
From the Golden Hill Community Garden
The Golden Hill Community Garden is celebrating it's first growing season with a Harvest Festival Saturday 15th September 12-4. FREE ENTRY!
We'll have free children's art activities, another chance to upcycle an old wheelie bin into a water butt (£2), face painting, cakes, live art from the p.u.p group, Bat-the-rat!!.
Yep that's sounds like fun I know but.... there's more!
The ever popular Pip's Jukebox is back from rocking the festivals and will be playing your requests from the Shed Stage through the day, with other live music happening throughout the day and....
MORRIS DANCING (2pm)!!
ANNNNDDDD we're having a mini seed swap. Yes it's a little early and but I've always bought all my seeds by the time the big seed swap comes round. SO bring along any spare seeds or stuff you've already saved from this year or stuff you know you're not going to use. Or just come a bag a load of free seeds!! We'll also have our experts providing advice on seed saving including the horticultural guru and all round great guy Tim Foster!
So come along and enjoy. We'll have plenty of covered spaces if/when it rains and you are also invited to oooh and aaahh over all the fabulous work the volunteers have done this year to create such a beautiful and productive garden.
Our site is accessible including our composting toilet. Please call if you have any questions or would like a disabled car parking space reserved.
You can find us at the bottom of Monk Rd BS7 8NE, just behind Bishop Rd Primary and Horfield Prison.
See you there!
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September 2012 10.00am - 5.00pm Admission charge: Adults £3.50, Children, Friends of the Garden, University staff and students free
The popular bee and pollination event returns with the Avon Beekeepers Association, Council allotments team, beer tasting, honey products, sculpture and a live hive.
Gardens and allotments are increasingly important habitats where insects can find nectar and pollen. This year’s theme focuses on vegetable growing and Bristol City Council’s Allotments Team will demonstrate a host of ideas for improving your efforts with their garden displays. The Avon Beekeepers Association will stage their annual Bristol Honey Festival, with displays of honey and bee products. A live hive will give visitors an insight into the workings of the honey-bee along with talks, displays and demonstrations on the importance and pleasure of keeping bees.
The event will feature:
The latest AOG Newsletter is online at the following link (NB: Word doc)
With Pauline's dynamism, work at the Bear Pit has already begun. The vision is to have a plot which will inform and attract others. A small apple tree has been planted along with climbing beans and surrounded by multifarious herbs, flowers and vegetables. It is a great beginning and there is a lot more we can do with this space to demonstrate organic growing and to draw people's attention to the Avon Organic Group. If you are interested in working on the bed, no matter how occasionally, let us know. Dates and times of gardening sessions will be arranged ad hoc and advance notice will be sent by email. Explanatory signs on the plot would be a great way to get people's interest so if you know of an inexpensive way to produce durable signs it would be great to hear from you. To get involved let us know of your interest through the 'Contact' section of the website.
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Our idea to have a community garden in St George Park has taken a step further!
Marie (St George's parkeeper) has surpassed all our expectations and has offered us the ground in the centre of the bandstand plus four large plots circling the edge of the hardstanding on the bandstand. Assistance has been offered with the removal of the turf and free compost can be delivered direct to the park.
All we need is enough members and neighbours to help others to participate and to help neighbours join in and enjoy the growing. So, if you can spare a regular time in the week, or an occasional session, please let us know through the 'Contacts ' section of the website. The more of us get growing organic, the better.
Once we have a big enough core of interested participants a meeting will be held to chose how to run the garden and for what purpose. There are lots of ways to make a garden like this really interesting and fun and productive for the whole community. Sign up now via our 'contact' link or come along to the Redfest in St Georges Park on Sat 4th August to discuss the proposals with someone from Avon Organic Group. hope to see you there!
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