This week, find out all about what Cat’s been up to with preparing veg for the Kitchen Garden and see her in a short video here. And to see lots of lovely Spring photos from the greenhouses, go here.

To still try to get us all together as much as possible, we are holding BPCG Gardeners Question time every Saturday 11am to 12 midday. Click here to hear some fab questions and advice, and some BPCG updates, from our BPCG Gardeners’ Question Time last Saturday.

Join us online every Saturday 11am to 12 midday until lock down is over.  Details on the BPCG GQT log in are all on the events section of our website here.  Ask your own gardening question in advance by replying to this email.

Lots of people are asking how they can buy our plants and produce.  We are continuing our pilot this week by selling South London honey (8oz and 4oz) for online ordering and collection.  Place your online order here.  Once you have ordered, we will email you and ask you to select a pick up time from BPCG (Fri/Sat/Sun). Next week, we will sell tomato plants in a similar way and will roll out other plants and produce over the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, here is what we hope to get done at the greenhouses this week with ‘a skeleton team’. We will mulch over the new planting in the gate borders. The mulch will improve the structure of the soil as well as making it more moisture retentive and drought resistant.

As the weather warms up it is time for us to put up the shade netting in the upper greenhouse and to remember to water the grape vine which is just coming into leaf. 

In the lower greenhouse, once the staging has been put back we will start work on constructing an automated irrigation system. This will enable us to move plants from the upper greenhouse to the lower greenhouse giving us more growing space. 

In the greenhouse there are yet more bush tomato seedlings to pot up, and some other seedlings to prick out.

We will sow more parsley, and we will also sow in pots in the greenhouse Bean (Dwarf French) Red Swan, Bean Climbing French Golden Gate, Dwarf French Beans  ‘Purple Tepee’,  ‘Sonesta’, ‘Velour’, and ‘Pirmavera’, Climbing beans Cosse Violette, and Violet podded. We will sow Florence Fennel in modules.

Outside we will prepare the kitchen garden for seed planting by weeding and breaking up the soil into a fine tilth. Then we will directly sow the following: Beetroots Bolthardy, Barabietola Di Chiglia, Cylindra, Golden; Carrot Chantenay, Rainbow Mix; Chard Rainbow and Sunset. We will plant out the lettuce seedlings from the greenhouse of Lettuce Senorita and Little Gem, as well as our Nicotiana seeds – Affinis.

Other Remote Workshops on offer
Sally Ramsden of Natural Connection is very kindly offering free sessions to BPCG volunteers for her online Mindful Yoga. Your free session can be either for a Restorative Yoga session on Thursday 16th April 5.30pm to 6.30pm or for a Slow Flow Yoga session on Tuesday 21st April 12pm to 1pm.  If you enjoy these, future classes are £5.  For details on how to book for Thursday go here and for Tuesday go here.

To find out details of other remote Zoom session for kids and adults, including story telling, fermenting and singing visit our Events pages on our website here

And finally, Andrew Marr’s Start the Week is on a subject is dear to BPCG’s heart:  ‘Nature Worship‘.  Click here to listen.  Sue Stuart Smith is particularly interesting. A gardener and psychiatrist, she has just brought out a fascinating sounding book called ‘The Well Gardened Mind: Rediscovering Nature in the Modern World.’

With all best wishes from us all at the Greenhouses