This week at BPCG, as the winter approaches, growth slows down in the garden. November is really the last chance to plant bulbs such as crocuses and daffodils outside in the garden as well as vegetable bulbs including autumn onions sets, shallots and garlic.

You can plant bulbs inside (or under cover if you have a greenhouse) in pots, and you will see that our lower greenhouse has many potted bulbs whose green leaves are just beginning to emerge. We are growing a range of ornamental bulbs including miniature daffodils, different coloured muscari, and two different varieties of oxalis, the very popular purple leaved ‘Oxalis triangularis’ as well as a green leaved one which produces spectacular, other-worldly red and white striped flowers, ‘Oxalis Versicolor’.

This week we will be moving our shop into the upper greenhouse for the winter, and we are sure to have an enjoyable time making it look Christmassy with our own brand of BPCG made Christmas decorations! We’ll be using dried flowers, ivy and grasses.

The greenhouse staging needs its winter clean to ensure that the greenhouse does not harbour any overwintering plant pests, as starting the new growing year with a pest free growing space is very important!

Winter protection of more tender plants is the other important gardening job for November, and with this in mind we will be cleaning and repairing our cold frame lights. A cold frame is exactly what it sounds like: a transparent outdoor frame that protects plants from cold weather while still letting sunlight in. This means our plants get natural sunlight and extra warmth. The lids to these frames are called ‘lights’ because they let in light. Our cold frames run the outside length of the lower greenhouse and are full of potted plants that we are growing on for next year.

Outside, on the building site for the new Brockwell Barn at the back of the Upper Greenhouse, you can expect diggers to be at work some of the time and there could be some noise if they are breaking surfaces.

In other BPCG news, half term workshops were very enjoyable and well attended by enthusiastic children and parents.  Everyone had great fun being Forgetful Squirrels on Monday, Sleepy Seeds on Tuesday and making Souper Squash Soup on Wednesday.  Have a look at some of the photos here https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Wa3h8QsuQarV34hy_BVKI0JmdDHTP_5A?usp=sharing

And Saturday and Sunday were super busy with Kathi, Chloe and Padma running a Lino Print workshop on Saturday morning. See photos of the lovely cards people made here.  https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1XAFkVZxqKaWiTFCFhCTXhBdCsGQXHUbc?usp=sharing Then there was Fermenting with Jelena in the afternoon using BPCG grown Yacon tubers and leaves, Jerusalem Artichokes, Horseradish and Parsnips.  And on Sunday morning – despite the early rain – Cat led a great Willow Weaving workshop.

Jelena’s next Fermentation workshops are on November 13th and 27th 2pm to 4.30pm.  More info and booking is here https://www.brockwellgreenhouses.org.uk/events/?tribe_paged=1&tribe_event_display=list&tribe-bar-date=2021-11-02&tribe-bar-search=Fermentation

With all best wishes from us all at the Greenhouses