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We look forward to seeing you at an event soon. Most events are free to fully paid up BHOGG Members
UPCOMING EVENTS SPRING 2020
Please note that due to Covid-19, all upcoming events are subject to cancellation/ postponement until further notice
Saturday 14th March, 2-4pm Phoenix Urban Growing Course: Time to sow & grow
How to grow veg from seed plus almost everything you ever needed to know about beginning the gardening year on your plot!
*POSTPONED until Sunday 21st June* Sunday 22nd March, 10.45am-1pm Spring Equinox & AGM followed by gardening work party with the Weald allotment plot regulars. Bring a dish to share if you want to stay for lunch.
*POSTPONED* but watch for online video mini series coming in April Saturday 28th March, 3-5pm Foraging Walk with Craig
Want to know a little more about the herbs, fruits and vegetables right on our doorstep? Craig Jordan-Baker will lead a walk focused on seeing a local patch in a different way: As food! Meet at the entrance to Wild Park for a 3 mile walk over the top of Wild Park and through Hollingbury & Burstead woods, ending at Golf Drive near Roedale Valley Allotments. Make sure you dress for the weather and terrain: it will be rough ground and muddy!
*CANCELLED* but watch for an online replacement Saturday 18th April, 2-4pm Phoenix Urban Growing Course: Transplanting seedlings
Pricking out & potting on. There will be some seedlings from our last session to take away once you have potted them up, and you will know how to cherish them. Seeds to sow at home.
*CANCELLED* Sunday 10th May, 11-1pm Annual Seedling Swap for BHOGG Members
*CANCELLED* but watch for an online replacement Saturday 23rd May, 2-4pm Phoenix Urban Growing Course: Planting out seedlings
Planting out all the veg & flowers seedlings from last month. No more frost, so it will be safe to plant out of doors now, but protection against pests will be needed. A mostly practical session including a Seedling sale open to public.
PREVIOUS EVENTS 2020
Seedy Sunday: Sunday 2nd February, 10.30am to 4.00pm at Brighton and Hove Sixth Form College, 205 Dyke Rd, Hove, BN3 6EG
There will be a wide range of stalls from specialist seed growers and nurseries to community groups and charities. Speakers – including BHOGG’s very own RHS expert Ruth – will give advice on growing, and on the politics of local and global horticulture. This year for the first time, the famous Real Junk Food Project will be offering delicious organic, vegetarian food and drinks in the pop-up cafe. There will be a children’s area where kids and their parents or guardians can have fun creating and learning about nature and growing.
Come and say hello to other BHOGG members: we will be there with our usual stall selling organic plant fertilizers, dishing out organic gardening advice and offering a hands on opportunity to plant your very own organic broad bean seed.
Urban Gardening Course: Pests & Diseases: How to Cope the Organic Way. Saturday 15th February, 2-4pm at Phoenix Community Centre
Come along to hear BHOGG’s very own resident RHS qualified teacher talk about pests and diseases.
Free to local residents and fully paid up BHOGG members; £3 donation
See reviews on our home page
BHOGG looks forward to welcoming you to our stall at Seedy Sunday
Save TOAST in your diary: The Organic Apple Sharing Treat
Sunday 2nd September, 11.00am at plot 182, Weald Allotment Site, Hove
We plan to pick apples from Alan’s heritage mini-orchard on the Weald allotment site, giving most of them to Fareshare, taking some home to sample, and juicing many of the ‘not quite perfect apples’ to make our own delicious drink. It will be a real treat.
We will also share Viv’s recipe for apple chutney and show you the ingredients so that you can make delicious chutney in your own kitchen and have it with cheese/ fake cheese on toast.
Bring your own organic apples if you have any to share; a press will be available on the day.
BHOGG members only event or join on the day.
Seed Saving Workshop
Saturday 15th September, 2pm-4pm: Urban Gardening Course –Seed Saving at the Phoenix Community Centre.
Our seed saving session this autumn will cover the basics of simple flower & vegetable seed collection, care & storage (including tomatoes).
Free to paid up BHOGG members and local Phoenix area residents, £3 donation for non-members.
Walk & Talk led by Geoff Mead: History of Gardening & Food Production in Brighton. 18th July 7pm
Geoff Mead will reveal to us the history of gardening & food production in Brighton as we take a leisurely stroll from the Palace Pier around the city.
Please wear suitable shoes/ clothing, remembering to bring water, hat, sun cream, waterproofs, etc as the weather dictates for this outdoor event.
Meet at Palace Pier, July 18, 7pm.
Free to BHOGG members; £10/£5 non-members or join on the night.
Urban Gardening Course: Harvesting & Summer Pruning. Saturday 21st July
We shall hopefully begin to harvest plus doing summer pruning of the apple and pear cordons (yes we know it’s a bit early!).
NB: we have cancelled the August session, but will have an informal harvesting and maintenance workshop at some point in August; contact Ruth nearer the time.
Free to BHOGG members and local Phoenix area residents, £3 donation for non-members.
SUNDAY 24th JUNE: Summer Solstice Pick & Cook with Caroline Whiteman
We are delighted to have Caroline Whiteman from Brighton & Hove Food Partnership come along and cook for us using fresh ingredients from our community allotment.
Come and enjoy some tasty bites made using seasonal produce grown on the plot. Vegan and gluten free options will be available. Please bring a plate to share as the seasonal cooking will just be a small taster for attendees.
11am at The Weald allotment site. Find us at plots 238 & 239 at the Weald Allotments, Neville Avenue, Hove, BN3 7NA
Ruth’s Urban Growing Course: The Planting Out workshop Saturday 2nd June.2-4pm at Phoenix Community Centre
Free for BHOGG members and local Phoenix area residents, £3 donation for non-members.
Spring in the Air: Sowing and Growing Talk with Ruth Urbanowicz.
Thursday 19th April, 7.30-9pm at Phoenix Community Centre.
Ruth will share the ABC’s of easy veg growing in gardens, plots or containers and explain how to give our veg the best growing conditions possible. This will include: what they need, how to protect them from pests & diseases, crop rotation, composting, companions and soil care.
Urban Organic Gardening Course: Transplanting Seedlings
Saturday 21st April, 2-4pm at Phoenix Community Centre & Garden
Following on from Ruth’s seed sowing session in March, attendees will learn how to prick out and pot on. Everyone will be able to take home a tomato seedling! Seaweed meal and potassium will also be available to buy.
Free to BHOGG members and local residents; £3 to non-members (or join for £10/£5).
Sunday 25th March 11am, BHOGG Plot at the Weald allotments
We are planning to do some communal gardening first of all from 11 am and then to share some food together by 12- 30, giving us a chance to socialise and get to know each other. Spring is one of the busiest times of the year anticipating the season ahead so we will need to do some serious gardening first.
For the picnic we hope to bring along something hot ( eg past or soup) for all to share, but please bring along something for yourself and others to share. We have more than enough plates, cutlery, mugs etc. though you may want to bring a hot flask as there are only two gas rings.
No dig gardening, talk by Joshua the Gardener,
March 8th, 730-9pm. Phoenix Community Centre. Free to Bhogg members, non-members £5
Joshua the gardener was very popular at Seedy Sunday, with a huge line of people waiting to ask him questions after his talk. We are delighted to have him come talk to us at the Phoenix Community centre in a few weeks.
His talk is based around growing vegetables without the need to cultivate the soil so, no digging, forking or tilling. The no dig gardening method was made popular by Charles Dowding and having featured on gardeners world a few weeks back it is going through a rapid rise in popularity. It’s a process of adding organic matter in layers and growing almost immediately. Healthier plants, healthier soil and bigger yields.
The talk covers all aspects of how to get started, sowing and harvesting as well as design points. The talk currently is around 60 minutes with plenty of time for Q&A at the end.
AGM & Talk: Growing, Gluts & Generosity
NOTE CHANGE OF DATE: Thursday 22nd February, 7.30pm at the Phoenix Community Centre.
Ever wondered what to do about a glut of fruit or vegetables from your plot? Are you concerned about the growing problem of food waste while people still go hungry?
FareShare Sussex is a Brighton-based charity working across the county to connect food that would normally go to waste with the people that need it. Learn more about how FareShare works, and find out ways you can help to reduce food waste while helping provide healthy food to those who need it.
Our speaker Kate Harrison is a BHOGG member and has gardened on the Weald allotment for 17 years. She is a member of the FareShare Sussex steering committee and is passionate about reducing food waste and helping more people eat healthy and nutritious food.
NB: ONLY AVAILABLE TO FULLY PAID UP MEMBERS. JOIN ON THE NIGHT BEFORE AGM (£10/ £5/ Two at same address £15)
Seedy Sunday 2018 is on February 4th 10.30am- 4:00pm
Pests and diseases, Phoenix Urban Gardening, 17th February 2-4pm
Come along to hear BHOGG’s very own resident RHS qualified teacher talk about pests and diseases.
£3 donation, free to local residents and Bhogg memebers.
Gardening Organically – Back To Basics
Come along to hear BHOGG’s very own resident RHS qualified teacher talk about getting back to the basics.
Ruth Urbanowicz will explain the importance of the What? Why? and How? of gardening organically, and look at the history, context, and putting it into practice.
Getting To Know Your Soil – Phoenix Urban Gardening
January 20th, 2-4 pm
As part of the Urban Organic Gardening Course which runs weekly at the Phoenix Community Centre, Ruth Urbanowicz, qualified RHS gardening teacher, will be giving a talk all about soil.
Ruth will provide a fascinating insight into what soil is, how to get the best from it and
Phoenix Street Party, Saturday, 2 December, 2-8pm
BHOGG’s Urban Gardening group at the Phoenix Community Centre is getting involved with this community celebration. The event is the culmination of the ‘Maps and Lives’ exhibition showing 11th November to 3rd December 2017 (Wed – Sun 11am – 5pm). The celebration will be held in the gallery, in the community centre and on the streets in between.
University of Sussex / Team Pollinate Talk: People, Pollinators and Pesticides
Thursday 16th November 7-9 pm at the Phoenix Community Centre
Dr. Beth Nicholls of the University of Sussex will talk about pollinators and pesticide exposure, working with domestic growers, and provide an update on this year’s Team Pollinate citizen science project.
Fungal Forage in the Forest: An autumn foraging workshop with Vera Zakharov
We will wander with Vera in the woods. She will show us which fungi are ok to pick, and which are not, whether they are poisonous or whether they are part of a fragile ecological web needing to be conserved not disturbed.
Going Wild in June: A summer foraging workshop with Vera Zakharov
Come explore a popular Brighton park and discover a variety of edible wild plants, including their traditional uses, identification tricks and other interesting plant facts.
Bring a notepad, your own lunch and be ready for a little hike!
Pond dipping with Pete the Pond
Meet one of the UK’s pond experts; kids welcome; find new bugs you have never seen before. We’ll look at the new Food Partnership project too.
Stephan Gehrels of Brighton Permaculture Trust: tour and talk about Orchards & Forest gardens
Hertford Rd Junior School, the Dip, Hollingdean
Take a walk with the creator of this fabulous school grounds to learn how easy permaculture is to do.
Sunday 7th May Seedling Swap – Members only – Community Allotment
11 – noon – followed by a picnic – new members welcome to join on the day.
Saturday 13th May at the Open Market 11-4pm
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