Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Jasons bird feeder

Meet our lovely Jason and meet his totally recycled bird feeder.

Can you guess what is is?

Yes! its an old deep fat fryer. 

Just one of many of Jasons genius ideas!

Harvest Festival article

A lovely article written about our up and coming Harvest Festival..... Its this Saturday folks!

Friday, 20 September 2013

Hide and seek with pumpkins


Our pumpkins are coming along nicely this year. The volunteers completely filled our entrance bed with the little plants that they had sown from seed. 

On my way into work yesterday I had a bit of a game of hide and seek with them, these are the ones i found. (i'm sure i missed some!)

peeking hundred weight

in the ivy

glorious gourd 

hanging on their

hidden ...interesting pattern

sneeking in the straw 

Here is what the bed looked like to start off with.....

and now...

We will continue to watch them grow just in time for halloween. 

If you would like to learn more about growing pumpkins just click on this BBC link

I wonder if our pumpkins will reach this size?

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Volunteers huddle with chocolate biscuits

I loved seeing the morning garden volunteers huddled around the picnic table today, having their chocolate biscuits brought in by Andrew. What a treat. They deserved it.  

Monday, 16 September 2013

Welcome Lucy

Welcome to the Growing Gardens Project Lucy! 

Lucy started in the gardens about a month ago and has been busy meeting all the volunteers and getting to know the project. Below is a picture of her up at our allotment space on Phipps bridge with two of our volunteers on a lovely sunny day. 

A little bit about Lucy...

Growing up in South London, green space was hard to come by! Despite this, I have always absolutely loved being outdoors. I have countless childhood memories of visits to other worldly places (Streatham Common) searching for frogspawn and coming back a few weeks later to greet the tadpoles J As I grew older, I developed a passion for environmental and social issues and began a journey of learning how to engage and work with people in gardening.
Working at community gardens throughout London I soon noticed the therapeutic value of natural spaces and really enjoyed creating friendly community spaces and growing local organic veggies together!

I’m thrilled to have joined Deen City Farm as a community gardener this summer - the gardens are blossoming beautifully as are our wonderful volunteers and I love coming in to work each morning to the sound of the robins singing above the greenhouse.

Favourite Colour - Green
Favourite Garden – Edible Bus Stop in Lambeth
Favourite Vegetable - Beetroot
Favourite Musician – Susie Ro
Favourite Plant – Ferns
Favourite Bird – Blue tit

Friday, 13 September 2013

Meet the gnomes

Our volunteers have been busy getting ready for our harvest festival on the 28th. Meet Mr gnome painted by garden volunteer virginia....

A very serious gnome with the very serious job of being the gnome that everyone will be pinning the hat on! I get a feeling he is going to do a super job. I don't know what he will be like when people miss though! 

Meet Andrews gnome and vegetables very lovely drawings i think.

Do come and join us on the day, there will be lots going on, including spoon carving demonstrations, talks throughout the day, live music, Indian head massage, craft activities, stalls   including our very own plant stall and a cake stall, and how could i forget? .... the animal parade and Marvellous Magical Wishing Well parade.

If your a baker and would like to donate a cake, we would be very grateful, please just pop it in on the day or let us know beforehand on 020 8543 5300.

We are also collecting food this year for the Wimbledon Food Bank, a very good cause. All you need to do is look at the shopping list at what they need, and pop something down to our farm shop. Cheers.