Saturday, 29 December 2012

Winter Update

Christmas over, it's time to get together again to garden.
Still plenty of time until the spring rush, we have lots of things we want to get done. Over the next two months we will:
  • Build the last circular raised bed. We have calculated the wood and will order it soon. We'll need 60 planks of 1.10m each! For the stakes, it has been suggested that we use ash from the forest as we're starting the clearing soon. That means 120 stakes that need to be cut and sharpened at the ends. If you like using an axe you should come along.
  • Make a 'hotbed' for early vegetables. A hotbed is a raised bed with fresh manure at the bottom, straw and compost. The manure helps to heat up the bed producing a greenhouse effect when a glass is put on top. We are very excited about this as we could start growing in February if the bed is ready then.
  • Hire a local carpenter to build an information board to go outside the garden. If you know anyone who is interested, please get in touch.
  • Start managing the forest. As we are still waiting to hear from south Downs regarding a grant that would cover one of us studying to achieve a chainsaw license, we would concentrate on cutting smaller trees and bushes for now.
  • Plan the spring forest school sessions with Jessie. Watch this space if you want a place for your child. 
Hope to see you soon.
Apple Picking with Brighton Permaculture Trust in September.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

August Update

Sat 8 Sep 2-8pm Bevfest, we’ll be there! Please join us. We want to make some food with veggies from the garden. Help would be appreciated.

Sun 9 Sep (between 1-4pm) Compost Training, Jo from the Food Partnership will come to give us training in how to use the community composts.  Kitchen caddies will be given to participants in the scheme.

Sat 15 Sep  1-4pm Big Dig Launch, we are participating in a national project called the Big Dig. On the 15th there will be a city wide launch and we’ll have some activities at the garden for children and some vegetarian food on the day. Please come and see us. Read more about the project here:

Many thanks to the Bevendean Youth group who came along on the 21 August to help with the garden. They did a bit of weeding but the main activity was harvesting. They picked lots of spicy Nasturtium seeds that will get the pickle treatment. They will be lovely in salads. They also harvested vegetables for their BBQ lunch.

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Working in the rain

Hi everyone,

Despite the nasty weather, work at the garden goes on. Students at City College Brighton and Hove have come and gone and their work is there for all to see.
Please join us if you can; there is plenty of rain gear in the shed should you need it.

Nemo, Norma and Anna digging out potatoes (despite the downpour).
 See you all very soon.

Friday, 29 June 2012

Bevendean Community Garden Continuous Harvest

Hi everyone,

With all the rain this spring (our water butts are full - that's 2,000l.) and a little heat in the past month, things have been growing very well in the garden. Salads, garlic, onions and potatoes are already a success, whilst peas, courgettes and pumpkins are establishing nicely.

We have began lifting onions, garlic and some potatoes over the past week and it would be great if you could join us and reap the rewards of the fantastic work that has gone in this year.

Certain crops really are plentiful (especially salads and herbs) and if you have taken the pain to join us in the past you really are invited to come and help yourself to some of it. Most of the salads are pick and grow (this means that you just pick the large leaves on the outside, and leave the small ones on the inside to grow) and they are a real treat.

If you feel uneasy or unsure about what can be picked and in what quantity, the best thing to do is to join us on Sunday afternoon and ask around for advice.

see you all soon.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Spring Frenzy

Lots of things are happening in the garden right now. We need lots of people to be on board for the growing season to get off on a good start. Then we can all reap the benefits. Here's some of the things we need help with right now.
  • ·         transplanting seedlings
  • ·         digging new beds
  • ·         planting
  • ·         watering (when there's no rain!)
  • ·         installing two big water butts
  • ·         making the clay oven
  • ·         planting up the pond
Workdays: Sundays 1-4pm and Tuesdays 9.30-12.30
Next meeting: 6 May, 4.30pm
All Welcome!

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Raised bed weaving

19 February @ 1pm - 4pm

We'll be starting to weave the circular raised beds with coppiced Ash from Stanmer Park.
Quite certainly fun for the whole family. There will be vegetarian lunch for volunteers (until the pot is empty).

Hope to see you all on Sunday