We had a really nice Growing Spaces meeting on Tuesday 17th January at Anglia Ruskin University with a few new faces 🙂
We first introduced each other and had a very interesting discussion about what is Growing Spaces and how to develop new spaces and make the existing ones flourish.
Here are the main points we discussed:
- Growing Spaces will have a stall at Trumpington Seedy Sunday on 5th February (13h30 – 16h). You can get more information about Seedy Sunday here. If you have time, please come help out for half an hour! It’s very low key: Study our map, learn and have discussions on what Growing Spaces is all about, meet and great and be a part! Here’s a doodle poll: http://doodle.com/poll/we5q8ahy9ury2wp4
- We will organise tours of our existing and potential spaces for you to discover them (if you don’t know them), but also to discuss what we can do for each space this year and to add signs. It will probably be one tour for the north of the city and another one for the south (in February or March). If you are interested in helping organising, please contact us. More information to come soon!
- We need carers and gardeners to adopt some of our spaces as some of us left Cambridge! If you think you will have time to adopt a growing space this year, please have a look at our map. Perhaps there is one close to you, just waiting for you! We will give more specific information about the needs of each growing space in the future.
Hoping to see many growing spaces project coming true this year!
Third and last week of the art workshops! The kids made and painted giant leaves. I am wondering which plants of our growing space inspired them for this great work 🙂
Thanks so much to Hilary for doing these workshops at the Grove school and to the Cambridge City Council for giving us a grant for this project!
Hilary went back to the school and with the kids created a very impressive map of their journey from the Grove School to our Growing Space at Daily Bread. It is wonderful to see so many creative hands at work 🙂
We are running art workshops at the Grove primary school with Hilary Cox and Jayne Ruffell Ward to create art works for the raised beds at our Daily Bread Space.
As you can see from the photos below, the kids are enjoying themselves and producing so wonderful artworks! They even went to visit the space and had the chance to smell sage, rosemary or scented geranium 🙂
At our Daily Bread Space:
Artworks inspired by our garden:
These inspiring art workshops and artworks would not be possible without the grant we got from the Cambridge City Council. Thanks a lot!
Now that cold nights are back, we harvested the last green cherry tomatoes to make some jam.
It was great to see the space is still looking really good! If you pass by, please help yourself with herbs and try the lemon scented geranium, it is just wonderful 🙂
We had a great time for our gardening workshop on Friday at our Daily Bread Space, harvesting the wheat, adding canes to support the plants and planting broccolis and chard for this winter.
Herbs are growing wonderfully well and we should have cherry tomatoes soon!
It’s only been three weeks since our last gardening session but the raised beds definitely need our attention in the summer months. The herb bed looks much the same but we recently identified the plant Par-cel. It’s a cross between parsley and celery. It smells delicious and Stéphanie can vouch for it adding a lovely flavour to stock.
Nermin brought along some pea seedlings that she had grown in pots as well as two courgette plants. We’ve give the courgettes plenty of space and hope to enjoy the fruits of our labour this summer.
We planted some peas directly in the soil at our last gardening session but the ones Nermin grew were definitely happier. This may be because there were no snails around to eat them.
We moved all the broad beans to the raspberry bed and will create a shelter for them so that they don’t blow over.
If you’d like to join us at The Plot for a gardening session, please email Stéphanie or Geoff. You can also join the Facebook group.
We joined the gardening club at 37 Lawrence Way and helped to set up the planters in their front garden. Thank you to them for this great day and to the YMCA woodwork group for making the planters. The Kings Hedges community will soon have fruits and vegetables growing at 37 for everyone to enjoy!
37 Lawrence Way gardening club is happening the last Saturdays of each month (11.00 to 13.00). Please visit their website and facebook for more information about them 🙂
Anglia Ruskin University’s raised beds hosted a gardening session on Saturday the 14th of May. Erica, Nermin, Geoff and Stéphanie from ARU were joined by Sandra and Toni from Growing Spaces.
We discovered a strawberry plant in the herb bed with beautiful bright pink flowers. Apparently it’s a Pink Panda strawberry and is mostly grown for ornamental purposes.
The session started – as most gardening does – with weeding. Nermin and Sandra weeded the raspberry bed and Erica made sure that the dandelions in the strawberry patch didn’t spread.
And thankfully after the weeding, we did some planting. Sandra brought broad beans, mizuna and some young tomato plants so we added those to the raspberry bed. Toni also brought broad beans and some peas. We planted the peas directly in the soil and Nermin took some home to grow on the window sill.