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Corina at Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses

Corina at Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses

It’s all go at Brockwell. An inspiring garden where South London Master Gardener Corina has joined an enthusiastic band of volunteers helping local people grow and eat fresh produce.

As part of her wider community involvement – and route for recruiting households to mentor – Corina is now a regular gardener onsite. She can be spotted watering, planting, harvesting, and suggesting ideas – and soon cooking!

Corina said: “I didn’t expect myself to be absorbed in Brockwell Greenhouses, plants and Master Gardener. But when one gets the synergy right, it’s magic. It has been Fun.”

Bottle gourds pictured

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A rice paddy in Brockwell Park!

A rice paddy in Brockwell Park!

Building the rice paddy

Building the rice paddy

Cooking Turkish menemen

Cooking Turkish 'menemen'

Menemen - onions, peppers, tomatoes, feta and eggs

Menemen - onions, peppers, tomatoes, feta and eggs

Plant sale

Plant sale

Planting the rice

Planting the rice

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Corina

Corina

Corina recruited her first households within days of foundation training, snapping them up at a summer fair.

She said “All my households have little experience growing food but would like to give it a go. Past pest and disease problems haven’t been helpful.”

Several of her would-be growers live in flats, so Corina has chatted to them about container growing and suggested they visit a local community garden with some great examples of small space cropping.

Corina is now off to see another household. She said it’s “a great opportunity to assist their food growing, as well as improve my own horticultural skills and knowledge”. Another string to her horticultural bow.

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Cottington Estate Community Garden

Cottington Estate Community Garden

On Saturday 14th August ten adults, a number of young children (they moved about too fast to count), two teenagers, a baby and two master gardeners got together on a Kennington estate in South London. After a ceremonial tallest sunflower measuring session, we looked at crops that can be sown in August, September and beyond. Seed packets and some leaves were props for this part of the session.

Oriental leaves are great for August sowing. Many of the varieties are brassicas which prefer a slightly alkaline soil. Gardeners tested the pH of the various beds using either a probe or a liquid test. The results were pH 6.5 – 7.

After that there was a demonstration filling modules and trays and sowing tiny rolly ball brassica seeds. Then everyone piled in and got their own tray ready. A tray of black hollyhocks was also sown. Meanwhile, Nicola had been boiling some potatoes and beans on her camping stove so those were scoffed, together with pizza, for lunch. We had a final Q & A tour of the beds. Lastly, there was signing up for the MG programme.

Thanks to Elizabeth who approached the MG stall at the Lambeth Country Show last month, and the other two tireless founders of the garden, Nicola and Katy. Thanks also to all for making Stephanie (my co-master gardener) and I so welcome, and rewarding us with their enthusiasm and good questions. Looking forward to a communal stir-fry on Nicola’s stove in 6 – 8 weeks?! Maybe a weed identification session?

For more pictures please follow the link, http://s1024.photobucket.com/albums/y301/leafyfruity/Cottington%20Community%20Garden%20Event%2014th%20August%202010/
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Our first group of volunteer Master Gardeners!

Our first group of volunteer Master Gardeners!

Picture taken at Roots and Shoots during weekend training session on 19th and 20th June 2010.

Twenty two Master Gardeners were trained at Roots and Shoots and have already been spotted at Ruskin Park and a local school, joining in with community events and spreading the food growing message! They are now recruiting households, writing articles and planning more exciting events.

The training weekend was fantastic with loads of ideas swopped and plans hatched. We had a seed sowing demonstration practice, a tour of the beautiful Roots and Shoots gardens by Linda and some top tips on organic growing by Anton from Garden Organic.

Would-be vegetable growers now have access to free support and advice from local Master Gardeners all over Lambeth, Wandsworth and Southwark.

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