Spring Equinox

Sunday 19 March will be the Spring Equinox “celebration”, where we plan to do a lot of communal gardening on the Weald Community allotment, including constructing three new wooden compost bins, preparing some new fencing and more raised beds. There will be a wide variety of seeds to sow inside and outside the greenhouse. There will be a picnic and maybe a BBQ. But first of all, for 20 minutes or so, we will complete the AGM elections with a quorum of 15 of us to select our new chairperson.

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B&H ORGANIC GARDENING GROUP AGM and Talk.

Wednesday 15th February 7-9pm

Phoenix Community Centre

Please join us for our AGM, followed by a talk by Vera Zakharov of the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership.

The problem of food waste is looming large in the UK, and efforts to tackle it make for slow progress. Meanwhile, food poverty is on the rise, and many people are keen to solve one problem with the other.

Who or what is the real driver for our nation’s yearly 13 million tonnes of waste? And can individuals actually make a difference? Learn about the causes of food waste across the food chain and fantastic interventions taking place along the way, including inspiring community projects right here in Brighton & Hove.

Happy New Year

Here we are again, toasting you and wishing all of you  (especially those who are coming out of hibernation for Seedy Sunday on 5 February )

A HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Good Gardening and Good Health in 2017

Winter Solstice

Belatedly here is a reminder of the 25 of us who came together in December to enjoy some good company, hot soup, good food and mulled wine before singing some Carols on our community allotment.

Volunteers needed

Could it be you we are looking for?

We need two or three people to help with admin tasks. Bring your enthusiasm, wisdom, ideas and company, and get support from our lively team. Help us spread the word more effectively about local organic gardening

Membership Secretary

Help to keep our members happy by maintaining records, using excel spreadsheet, producing labels for newsletters [quarterly] etc

Hours 3 to 6 per month For full details and to apply: email suepaskins2@gmail.com

Phoenix Gardening Club administrator

Join our Phoenix Garden team to help us with admin for restoring and maintaining this secret garden for the benefit of Community Centre users, members of the local community and ourselves; particularly in applying for funding and administration of the funds Hours 3 to 6 per month. Email ruthurbanowicz@live.co.uk

Events team member

Join our events team to help assist in organising, publicising and setting up our events. Bring your imagination, inspiration and innovation. Hours 2 to 4 per month. Email ruthurbanowicz@live.co.uk

Seed Saving Workshop

Sunday September 18th at the Community allotment on The Weald.

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Ruth led us in a practical session.
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It was fun searching for seeds in the allotment.

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Then, to harvest seeds with care.

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There are several different ways to collect the seeds. Tomatoes ^
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For marjoram we used a colander.
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We stored our seeds in paper bags to keep them dry.
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We used seed packets to label our seeds.

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Autumn Equinox BBQ Party

Another beautiful autumn day heralded a delightful Seed saving session, work day on the allotment with many chard seedlings planted out and ending with a relaxing Picnic, BBQ and  conversations that talked the sun down out of the sky.

Once again there were about 30 of us on the organic community allotment, with five children including baby Eve, the daughter of Su and Justin, who at 9 weeks old is our youngest daughter of the soil. She is as relaxed as her parents being able to sleep most nights! Wow ,what a strong case  for growing and eating organic food.

The pictures tell the story , a picnic to match any community picnic with new and old members coming together after the summer holidays.