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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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Phoenix Organic Gardening Club

Phoenix Organic Gardening Club

Phoenix Community Centre, 2 Phoenix Pl, Brighton BN2 9ND

Join us on the third Saturday of each month:

Dates:

May 20 (Open Day 11-4); June 17; July 15; Aug 19; Sept 16; Oct 21; Nov 18; Dec 16;

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Come and join us [rain or shine] from 2-4pm for fun, fellowship and fruitfulness. Help us restore and maintain the secret garden for the benefit of Community Centre users, members of the local community and ourselves.

Come and meet fellow gardeners, both experts and novices. Bring your enthusiasm, wisdom, ideas and company; hone and share your skills, make new friends, and grow good food.

Over the next couple of months we are planning to plant some bulbs for early spring colour, pot up some seedlings of seasonal salads, happily harvest, tidy up, and make plans for the year ahead.

Do you have any unwanted small shrubs or climbers: shade tolerant and preferably evergreen and/or winter flowering that you would like to donate to the project? Ring Ruth 01273 681120.

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.

Barcombe Farm Visit

About a dozen of us visited
Barcombe Organics, Mill Lane, Barcombe
for a couple of hours on  Saturday morning 6th August. It was a beautiful English summer’s day with an opportunity to see how organic gardening was done on a 10-acre farm , much of which was under polytunnels. It was a delight to see how the soil was so fertile and springy through the use of effective rotation of crops, green manures, and home made compost while avoiding any compacting, Somehow there were no slugs! We learnt how over 400 organic veggie boxed were sold each week; it’s not surprising with such fabulous and varied crops grown.
After wonderful hospitality, tea and cakes we retreated to Carolin’s smallholding to enjoy a picnic in the shady woods. We paid homage to the wildlife pond, the trusty steed, and the three rare breed pigs  while enjoying some of Sussex’s finest countryside and delightful hospitality.  Eat your hearts out if you did not make it, you missed a day to remember.

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Summer Party Celebrations

IMG_20160619_141355Our celebration to welcome in the warm season on Sunday the 19th June was a terrific success!

We had a delicious array of picnic dishes, two barbecues blazing, and an unusually forgiving day of weather. We were delighted to welcome new members, and those more seasoned, to come together and enjoy the Weald Allotment. It’s been a lot of work, but our plots (now converged into one super plot) are looking superb.

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Thanks to the 26 or so volunteers who came along to build fruit cages, strim, weed, and bring in a harvest of potatoes, broad beans, strawberries and more!

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Our Seedling Sale went down a treat!

It was an intermittently lovely day, with the cold winds and clouds permeated by spells of sun shine.

Regardless of this we had a fantastic time, selling a huge number of plants to raise funds for our organisation. The team was on hand to provide advice and information to the public, and we were joined by the food partnership too.

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Thanks to all those who came along to support us.

Happy growing!

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Progression of the new plot on the Weald Allotment.

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It looks like we’ll have our work cut out for us!

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March

It’s cold, but a few of us are making a start on clearing junk and digging the beds.

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3/04/1016

First digging of the new beds is done. Apple trees are planted and the majority of the junk has been cleared. Good work volunteers!

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10.04.2016

Second digging of the community beds in South plot and the shed is cleared.

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17.04.2016

First earlies go in and measurements for the beds and paths are made.

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24.04.2016

Paths have been layed and beds are dug and weeded a final time in South plot. Makeshift cloches (tents) set-up in North plot. Phew! Time for some vegetables?

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01.06.2016

Individual beds were divided and paths laid in between.

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Next Events

Spring in Your Heels: City Gardening

 Saturday April 16th 2-4pm @ Phoenix community centre garden. TBC.

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The practical sequel to our highly successful Spring Is In The Air: Organic Sowing & Growing presentation which was held on the 5th April.

How to sow and grow vegetables and flowers with Ruth Urbanowicz (our own RHS qualified gardening expert). We continue with the basics of sowing, pricking out and potting on, hardening off and planting out.

Take home a baby tomato plant and some flower seeds to put that new found knowledge to use!

To be held in the newly refurbished courtyard garden at Phoenix Community Centre (to be confirmed and weather permitting).

For more details or to confirm your place please e-mail ruthurbanowicz@live.co.uk.

Free to all members or a suggested donation of £3.