Adding woodchip to the damson tree

At our Sunday session this weekend we built a base at the bottom of our damson tree and filled it with woodchip.  This also helped us solve the problem of how to compost our woody chard stalks, by placing these underneath the cardboard.

Have a look at our step-by-step photos!

BAGs Grow it Eat it Show 2016

Bath Area Growers: Grow It, Eat It Show 2016BAGSGIEI16  Sunday 4th September 1.30-4.30pm

 

Bath Area Growers (a network of community groups growing fruit and veg around Bath) are holding their annual Grow It, Eat It show on Sunday 4th September between 1.30 and 4.30pm, at Lower Common West, BA1 3AR.
Unlike any other produce show you’re likely to attend, it’s very informal and you, the public, are the judge.  The categories are very easy and cover art and crafts, produce, food and drink – something for everyone.
Everyone is welcome to take part. There’s a very simple entry form/label – it will save time if you come bringing one completed for each of your entries (though there will be blank ones available on the morning of the show).  No age limit (though children’s ages should mentioned on the label).
Bath Organic Group will be running a tea stall and there’ll be plenty of children’s activities, including pond-dipping and story-telling.
For more information on the day, schedule of classes, and to print a label, please visit: http://www.bathareagrowers.org/giei-show-2016/

Free Training this Summer at Alice Park Community Garden!

Free Training this Summer at Alice Park Community Garden!

Five to Thrive Training Programme

The aim of this course is to provide training and inspiration for all those interested in growing their own food, encouraging wildlife and becoming more self-sufficient and self-reliant. It’s also great for anyone interested in the health benefits of organically grown fruit, nuts and vegetables. Choose from any or all of the workshops.

1. Introduction to organic gardening with experienced professional gardener John Ingham: 10 am to 3.30 pm, Saturday 21st May.  To introduce enthusiastic beginners to the possibilities of growing (and preserving) your own, the workshop will take place at the trainer’s own garden at Eastbourne Avenue, Claremont Allotments and Alice Park Community Garden.

2. Herbs for health: 10.30 am to 2.30 pm, Sunday 22nd May, Alice Park Community Garden. Course trainer is medical herbalist Becs Griffiths of the Rhizome Clinic, Bristol (www.rhizomeclinic.org.uk). This workshop is for all those with an interest in herbs for improving health, and their use as medicines and in cooking. Practical and hands-on, the workshop will include a herb walk, samplings of herbal teas, advice on herb growing, and medicine-making. Course participants will go away with a medicine made on the day.

3. Wildlife gardening: attracting birds, bees, butterflies & more to your plot: 10.30 am to 2.30 pm, Sunday 12th June, Alice Park Community Garden. Course trainer is Steve Pritchard of South West Ponds(http://www.southwestponds.co.uk/) The workshop is aimed at gardeners and allotment-holders who are interested in bringing more wildlife into their plots, encouraging biodiversity and improving yields. Practical hands-on training including assembling a nest box, plus advice on planting and pond-making.

4. Gardening for small spaces: windowbox, balcony & square foot gardening, 10 am to 2 pm, Sunday 3rd July, Alice Park Community Garden. Course trainer is Sarah Pugh, lead tutor & director of Shift Bristolhttp://www.shiftbristol.org.uk/ (T: (@ShiftBristol,  F: https://www.facebook.com/ShiftBristol/?fref=ts) ). The workshop is aimed at gardeners with limited growing space who want to grow some of their own food. Practical hands-on training, advice on planting, introduction to small-scale intensive gardening and basic principles of permaculture.

5.  Introduction to urban forest gardening: designing a garden or allotment plot that sustains itself: 10 am to 2 pm, Sunday 10th July, Alice Park Community Garden.
Course trainer is Sarah Pugh as above, lead tutor & director of Shift Bristol (http://www.shiftbristol.org.uk/). The workshop is aimed at gardeners and allotment-holders who are interested in promoting biodiversity, growing fruit and nut trees for food, and learning more about permaculture and agro-forestry approaches.

To book, please contact fiona.williams@greenliving.co.uk or if you are coming to Larkhall Festival on Monday 2nd May drop in and see us at the community garden (behind the high hedge at Alice Park), from 10.30 am to 5 pm as part of the Festival Garden Trail and sign up, or pick up a flyer. More information is on our website: www.apcg.co.uk

A £5 donation deposit is required for all workshops.

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