Thursday, 30 January 2014

New vegetable beds in making

With the rain pouring down we started putting up the new vegetable beds today. The strong scaffolding planks work much better than the Hazel weave, however pretty it was. It did last us for a couple of years but we had issues with weed growing into it and not being able to remove it easily. This will last forever surely!

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Creating heat in a hot box

Having been emptied last week our hot box got a fresh load of horse manure today. Thanks to Paul who arranged with his friends at Stanmer Park and to our rangers Will, Charlie and Peter who came with their pick up truck. To create enough heat for an early sowing of salads and herbs the manure needs to be fresh, not seasoned. A thick layer of compost will go on top so the roots of the plants are not in direct contact with the manure as it would burn them.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

The woods

Well, we haven't got a name for it yet (perhaps you could help) but we love the woods. Following the tree clearing last week it's much airier and sunnier. Today we set out to clear piles of shrubs on a big boon fire but the rain made these plans more modest. So, after putting the tarp up for shelter, we sawed up stakes to use for mending our circular bed system with. The sun came out at last (it always does) giving us a happy lunch with veggie sausages and lentil soup.

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Guess what, guess where...

Bevendean Community Garden can now be seen from space.
Next time you fly, don't forget to look out of the window, we'll wave...

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Free Forest School

Sussex Community Foundation has awarded us funding to run free forest school sessions for another year. We're starting with the age group 7-9 this coming Sunday. Details as follows:

Free Forest School
Ages 7-9
Sundays 1-3pm
Meet at Bevendean Community Garden
Warm clothing
Parents are welcome to stay but children will be supervised by a qualified leader and an assistant.

To book or for more details please contact:

Thursday, 9 January 2014


The new year has arrived and we're back in the garden. The sun was shining today and most of the regular Thursday crew were there. The hot box was emptied of old compost and horse manure to make space for fresh manure and a top layer of new compost. When this is finished in a few weeks time it will generate enough heat for us to start growing herbs, chillies and salad crops straight away. Last year's hot box crop was a great success. We're still eating the pickled chillies. The manure we dug out was put onto our vegetable beds as it's been seasoned for a year now and will make perfect mulch. Hard work but well worth it.
The mushrooms are called King Alfred's cakes according to Darren.