Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Amazing landscape thats just popped up



We thought you might like to see this amazing landscape in Wales which has appeared as a result of the recent weather we have been experiencing. To read all about it please click here...






Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Chelsea Fringe at the Farm, 2nd-8th June



This year the gardens are taking part in the fantastic Chelsea Fringe Festival! Head shaped pots will have showy displays of vegetables. We need your help to make and plant, so keep an eye out for workshop dates and be apart of the installation. For more information click here to be redirected to the Chelsea Fringe Festival page.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Art in the Garden

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This year has famously been one of the wettest winters since records began. We have made sure that all our pressing garden tasks have been completed; planting bulbs, pruning and keeping the birds seed stocked up. However long afternoons knee deep in  mud haven't appealed to our dedicated volunteers. As a consequence the garden staff stocked up with lots of arty treats and ran workshops in mosaic, drawing and jewellery making. A huge thank you to Charlotte for running the jewellery making workshop, the day was a great success. You can see more of Charlotte's treasures here.  Here are a few snaps of the lovely pieces that have come out of our craft sessions.


Wednesday, 29 January 2014

A blooming start to 2014

This week the first flowers of the year have unfurled to brighten up our days in the garden.... Spring can't be far away!







Thursday, 2 January 2014

Happy New Year from Growing Gardens!

Here in the gardens we have been indulging lots of eating, drinking and merriment over our Christmas holidays, and hope you have too. 
 
But wait! It's not yet time to let go of that festive spirit.... Here are some photos of our wreath making party just before Christmas - a wonderful day with staff, volunteers and visitors enjoying a roaring fire, carols, mulled punch and mince pies :)
 
 
 
Preparing the 'ingredients'.....
 
 
 
   
                         
  .....and then it's time for a spot of fire craft! Nothing like something hot and mulled on a chilly day.

                    
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                       
 
 
 
On to the serious business of making the wreaths.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
aaaand all finished - don't they look beautiful?
(the wreaths aren't too bad either!)
 
 
 
                 
 
                
 
 
 
So all that is left to say now is.....
Happy New Year!!!!
from Lucy and Cressida 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Welcome Cressida

The fabulous Cressida joined us in the gardens this week 
as our new Community Gardener. She has already been hard at work
with our lovely volunteers - time for winter clear up in the garden!








a little bit about Cressida from Cressida......

I think I must have been a cat in a past life, as there is nothing I like more than being right in the middle of a flower patch. When I was a kid the garden was my domain, with the lawn covered in a complicated circuit of adventure (a climbing frame that I tied to a slide, that went into a paddling pool, with a see-saw waiting on the other end so you could spin dry after the workout) and that excitement of gardens has stayed with me ever since. My first gardening job was at Brighton Marina where I really got to grips with hanging baskets (all 300 of them), then worked in a graveyard where I toiled hours away delicately strimming the grass away from headstones. More than anything I loved the fresh air, whether it was boiling hot or pelting with rain, but I did miss working with people so I decided to work as a community gardener. I’ve spent the past five years doing so at Mudchute Farm and hopefully taught a few folk to do the basics like pruning (all together now, remove the dead, damaged and diseased). I’ve also been trained in ‘risky play’ and can legitimately teach kids how to use knives for whittling, and make fires for food. I’m delighted to be amongst a new landscape and look forward to exploring all the corners of Deen City Farm, and get to know all the staff and volunteers who really are the backbone of the place.

Favourite Colour - Red
Favourite Garden – Carrie Hepple’s Garden (fictional) and King Henry’s Walk Garden Islington (real)
Favourite Vegetable – Corn on the cob
Favourite Musician – Neutral Milk Hotel
Favourite Plant – Erigeron karkinskianus
Favourite Bird – Big Bird…oh no hang on that’s fictional again  so I’ll say House sparrow

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Autumn Has Arrived

The last couple of weeks here in the gardens we have really been enjoying all these beautiful autumnal colours!
 

  


 



Alex has been a star with helping to keep the leaves at bay.....

 
 
 And of course the chard is still going strong!!! Pretty much the only veg left standing in our garden beds :)
 

 







 

 

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Its good to have your head in the clouds


When was the last time you really looked up at the clouds?

 I watched a good TED talk the other day all about the sky and how much we actually notice whats above us all day.






To see the talk, just click on the link below...


Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Merton in Bloom 2013 - Best Community Garden - Winners!





Whoop whoop .... tweet tweet ... beep beep
 
We WON Merton in Bloom 2013 - Best Community Garden


 
 
Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers for their super work throughout the year.
We just couldnt do it without you!
 
Also, thank you to all our kind visitors that come down to the farm and enjoy the project.




Very proud. 


 
 
 
A few of volunteers from the garden project on a wednesday.
 
 
 
 
 
Thank you to Merton Council for acknowledging the
Growing Gardens Community Project
 and all it does for the local community.