Monday, 1 December 2014


Grow Your Own Gourmet Mushrooms Workshop

Just 5 min drive from the Lewes Road or a fifteen min walk from Moulsroombe train station.
The garden can be located on google maps.
Free Parking
When: Saturday 13th December from 10am until 3pm
Cost: Because it is my aim to make workshops available to as wide a range of people as possible to further the knowledge and passion for fungi in the community I operate on a sliding scale.  Payments between £25 and £45
You can register and pay Here
In this workshop we will look at a range of edible fungi that can be grown at home and talk about their potential to support human and ecosystem health and gain an oversight of what they require to grow in your garden or allotment plot.
There will be a demonstration of how to easily grow Oyster Mushrooms at home using common household items. **You will receive a kit to take home with you!**. Discussion will be around the various materials it will grow on, how we can introduce this mushroom into our gardens and allotments and the beneficial effects it can have on our plants and soil.
We will take a brief walk in the Bevendean Community Garden woodland plot and look at what funguses are growing there, what their role is and what edible fungi we might be able to introduce and how.
Weather and supplies permitting we will start a Wine Cap Mushroom patch and talk about how it is beneficial to bee colonies.
You will go home with a good knowledge of:
The life cycle and anatomy of fungi
The role of Fungi in the ecosystem
How to grow mushrooms on a number of different materials
How fungi can benefit your health
How fungi can be used to clean up pollution
And you will receive a kit containing all you need to grow your own crop of Oyster mushrooms!
Weather permitting, soup and hot drinks will be served around the fire. If it rains we’ll get wet so please bring suitable clothing and a packed lunch. There is a shed for bags and tea making.
Prior registration is preferred – please click  Here. Turning up on the day is cool too but there are no guarantees you’ll get a mushroom grow kit or soup.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Lovely party tonight!

Thanks Lara for the brilliant idea and to Paul for fire, Liz for food, Kat for decor and lighting, kids for salad and everyone for fun. Madeleine is in the picture showing off her strength with our home grown melon.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Squirrel emergency

Madeleine and Norma were playing in the woods today when a baby Squirrel fell out of a tree. We checked it for injuries and left it on a pile of leaves. When we returned a few hours later it was gone so we're thinking it's with its mother high up the tree now.


The kids love making salads. They put absolutely everything in there and make everyone eat it; which we do happily. And Elsa dug up some amazing Parsnips.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Orchard without Borders – Vergers sans Frontières  

Thanks to Anne-Marie, Jo, Stephan, Peter and all the other visitors today. Lots of sharing experiences of community gardening and very useful expertise regarding our fruit trees. And the Rhubarb cake was delicious Jo.

Friday, 22 August 2014


One jar of cucumbers and another jar of green/redish tomato chutney. And chilies...

Friday, 8 August 2014

We had to call for pick up by car!

As most eaters are on holiday, I'm now off to buy vinegar.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Clay work shop

Thanks to Ember for a wonderfully creative session all things clay. Everyone did their own thing with technical help when needed or wanted. Come back soon!

Friday, 4 July 2014

City College

A massive thanks to students on the Prince's Trust program at City College for giving our kids' area a make over. They came up with their own ideas for the space, did their own research, bought suitable materials and finished the space on time on Friday. They also did other things around the garden such as leveling out for new composts, cutting grass and watering.
We had a lovely time joining them for their last day to have a bbq and make clay oven pizzas.
Thank You!

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Story circle

Kay covered for Mike today and the children had a lovely time with her. Thanks Kay.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Abundant harvest

Mmm, lots to cook with today.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Story Circle

The children really settled in today having gotten used to Mike's format. We love the introduction of the story feather that gets passed around between tellers. And the healthy snacks are great.

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Hottest day of the year

It was nice to wake up to proper heat today. Everything slows down and there's time to enjoy the garden. We had a new volunteer from Sweden, Maria, who's here for a two months internship at Sussex University. Jody came back as well and brought her younger brother Harry. He showed us how to start a fire with a magnifying glass.
We all did some weeding and transplanting. We also got the top bar bee hive ready for a bee swarm by installing bars with bees wax. The garden it's abundant with wild flowers now so they'll find a good home.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Story Circle

Mike held his first story circle club today in brilliant sunshine.
The children were all engaged and some made up and shared their own stories.

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Young helpers

We were lucky to have Jodie from BHASVIC volunteering today. She's doing her Duke of Edinburgh and will be with us once a week.
We also had Brook, Elen and Norma helping with planting onions and doing other jobs around the garden. For break time, Elen made us a nice salad using her own recipe with Fennel and raw onion. Very yumm

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Bees on their way

Keeping it under control

All Thursday regulars on site today. We also had Jo from Harvest visiting to get some advice on making a hot box. Later on, Geoff came to help us cut the grass. Thank you Geoff!
Everything is growing with great speed now, just look at the hight of the Comfrey.

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Wild Strawberry

Last year we planted wild strawberries as ground cover around currant bushes. How well they are growing! And they're keeping the Ivy at bay.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Pizza is back!

The first pizza workshop of the year went really well. Happy children on Easter holiday made their own pizzas and we got the oven hot enough for crispy dough. Beautiful weather and lovely people. And we know the summer is around the corner as the children bussied themselves with putting up the hammock.