Brassicaceae, Spoon making and Music in a Greenhouse

Last week in the garden, we did a lot of work in the woodland weeding and mulching our fruit bushes and the pulmonaria bed. We transplanted a pear tree and established a good location for a bench.

This week we will continue by weeding the bed under the walnut tree and tidy up our fern bank. In the greenhouse we will start sowing some vegetable seeds in modules. We want to get our brassicas off to a good start. We will then plant them out under the closhes which are covered with protective netting which have a dual purpose: to stop pigeons feasting on the leaves and cabbage white butterflies laying their eggs on them! 

We will sow purple sprouting broccoli which can be harvested from June to October as well as Kale Cavalo Nero and Pentland Brig Kale. The main crop of Kale leaves are picked in autumn and side-shoots can be harvested later on into the following spring.  Infact this week is probably your last chance to enjoy some of 2019’s Kale crop so pick and enjoy, perhaps in a mushroom and kale lasagne

We will be growing two savoy cabbages, Cabbage Kalibos Red Pointed, and January King. January King is distinguished by its rather flat head and red-tinged outer leaves.  It’s very hardy and will tolerate even the worst of the winter weather. It can start to be harvested in November and December.  We will also grow one variety of Kohl Rabi, Blue ‘Azur’ which we can harvest from May onwards.

We will be sowing seeds for the various ornamental and sensory borders around the garden.  These include this week: Celosia crostata Cockscomb, Salvia verticuillata, Scabious, Tithonia ‘Torch’, Aquilegia ‘Black Barlow’ and ‘Magpie’, Celosia crostata, and Tropaeolum ‘Indian Chief’. 

Our metal sales stand has had a fresh coat of paint and now all that needs to be done is to cut new shelves to size and varnish them. 

We hope to put the finishing touches to the new apiary by cleaning the viewing widows and giving the wooden structure a final coat of wood preservative. This Thursday we will be having our volunteers meeting at 3pm. Our agenda is very short right now  – probably a good thing! – but please feel free to add by emailing to Cat on garden@brockwellgreenhouses.org.uk.  

This Friday 28th February 12 midday to 4pm, Steve is running a Greenwood Spoon Making workshop.  More info and booking is here

And on Saturday 29th Feb 2pm to 3pm, join Andy Petch for Tai Chi.

In other news, there’s a lovely video to watch here  shot in the early hours of the morning at the Greenhouses summer 2019 by local band iyatra who are going to be playing at the Greenhouses with Syrian musicians Basel Saleh and his brother on Sunday June 28th 5pm to 8pm. Pop this in your diary – it’s going to be a fabulous gig! All our spring and summer gig details will be going up very soon on the website.  

There’s a great Box Scheme growing job going at Crop Drop in Haringey. For more details go here

That’s all for now.

Hope to see you soon at the Greenhouses

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