Harvesting, Fermenting, Painting and Green Woodworking

In the garden this week, we could be seeing temperatures of  over 30 degrees, so it will be important to drink plenty of water and wear a hat!

Warm weather like this is very good for causing fruit to ripen more rapidly/ So there will be raspberries, rosehips and blackberries to harvest and very soon elderberries too.

We grew three varieties of carrots this year –  Amsterdam forcing, Dragon Purple, and Rainbow Mix.  Many are now ready to harvest along with our delicious rainbow chard.

This week we will be painting the wooden structure of our canopy to help preserve the wood.

There is some propagating work to do this week including dividing and potting on cannas and sowing more multi seed basil pots.

Are you interested in Green Woodwork? If so, you can take part in introductory workshops on Friday 14th August or Sunday 16th August 12 til 4.  For more information and to book, go here  and here

Join Jelena for a fantastic Fermentation class online on Saturday August 15th at 11am to 1pm.  Learn to make Turshiya, Carrot Kimchi Slaw and Apple Vinegar.  For more details and to book, go here

IyatraQuartet continue their open musical rehearsals on Wednesday early evenings 5pm to 7pm. You can enjoy the gardens and their ‘absolutely beautiful’ music (Cerys Mathews BBC 6 Music) as you stay outside and they play in the Upper Greenhouse.  Book here for this Wed evening 5th Aug and the next Wed 12th Aug.

Sally’s popular outdoor Yoga continues on Saturdays. There’s 11 to 12.30 Energy Flow sessions and a new gentler class on Saturday afternoons from 2 to 3pm on the decking outdoors at the Greenhouses. This one is suitable for beginners or anyone who’s feeling a bit out of practice and wants a yoga confidence boost. For more information and to book go here

On Sunday August 9th 11am to 12.15pm, Jar and Fern are running a Corked JarTerrarium Workshop on our lower decking. For more information, and to book, go here  

Drawing from the Roots – a new Garden Art Group is starting on Monday August 17th 1pm to 2.30pm. Cat and her colleague Andrea Heath are starting a regular outdoor Monday afternoon workshop for art and nature lovers where you can explore the creative benefits that emerge in a  space where art, community and nature meet. To find out more please contact Cat on 07534 273844 or email: cstevens75@btinternet.com

In other news

If you are interested in a free Johanna composter, please contact Jan at janandlesz@btinternet.com.  Note though you will need to pick it up from Clapham South.

A job prospect with the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea who are recruiting for a position within their team of Environment Project Officers. If you or someone you know might be interested, go here

 

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