Greenhouses in Lockdown

Our normal priority is always to get as many people involved in the Community Greenhouses as possible, so it is with a heavy heart, that we have decided to suspend normal volunteering and visiting until mid-March.  If things improve and get safer in relation to Covid, we will let you know in our Wednesday email and posts on the website and social media.

In the meantime, a very small group of us will keep the greenhouses and gardens maintained so that everything is ship-shape and ready for re-opening just as soon as we are able to.

We will also continue to keep you up to date on what we are doing at the greenhouses, online activities we (and others) can offer you and any other news in the local and wider community.

If you are in need of any assistance from BPCG volunteers, do let us know by replying to this email and we will do our best to connect you.  Also, if you have any other information you’d like to share through this weekly email, please do let us know and we will do our best to include.

At the greenhouses this week, we are kicking off our 2021 propagation with sowing chillies which we will germinate in our heated propagators at around 28 degrees. This will get our chilli plants off to an early start to ensure that they have sufficient time to produce chillies before the cooler autumn weather arrives.

We are growing two chilli varieties: 1) Chilli Numex Twilight, which produces very hot tiny sunset-coloured fruit that start purple and then ripen to yellow, orange and finally red. 2) Cayenne Chilli Long Red Slim which produces pencil thin medium hot red fruits that dry well and are great to cook with generating a slightly tart, acidic flavour with plenty of heat.

We are also going to plant our Anemone de Caen corms which are ‘claw like’ shaped objects with a shrivelled appearance rather like prunes. Before planting the corms we will soak them for 2-3 hours in warm water. As the corms soak they will plump up and increase in size. We will plant them in 1 litre pots and by April they should be ready to sell as spring flowers – great in large containers or ornamental borders.

In other news, The Orchard Project are recruiting for a full-time paid internship to help deliver and promote their online orcharding course. Deadline is 26th January 2021. For more details, go to

And more internships are to be found with Growing Communities too. Deadline is 24th January for two paid interns for three months from 15 February this year to work alongside their head grower in their Hackney market gardens. This is aimed at young people aged 18-24 who are not currently enrolled in a higher education degree and live in or near Hackney. They would particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic young people (aged 18-24).

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