In the garden, after the business of the growing season when all our energies have been focused on looking after our vegetables and ornamental plants, now things are slowing down. Most of our vegetables have been harvested with only parsnips and Cavallo Nero kale to harvest later into the winter.  This makes November a good time to do some hard landscaping.

This week we will work on raising our upper four crop beds by adding boards to raise the edges making them deeper. This will help with growing deep rooted vegetables like carrots and parsnips, but also the greater the soil’s depth the slower these beds will dry out in hot dry weather. The depth is a kind of drought proofing.

Out in the garden we are continuing to work on preserving the heritage wall that runs down from the woodland and borders one side of our herb garden. We are removing the ivy that has been taking hold along the length of the wall. This is energetic work as ivy certainly knows how to use its adventitious roots (roots that develop along the stems of the plant when it comes in contact with walls and tree trunks it can climb up) to give it a good support for climbing.

Other jobs include pruning back shrubs and tree branches that have encroached across paths around the garden.

On Saturday 16th and 23rd November, Andy Petch is running his Tai Chi workshop at the Greenhouses 2pm to 3pm. To find out more and to book, go here

On Sunday 17th November we are running the second in our series of composing workshops from 11am – 1pm. There are still tickets available for this workshop. To find out more and to book, go here

On Thursday 5th, Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th December between 11am and 3pm we are running three wreath making workshops.  For more information and to book your £15 (£10) ticket go here  We also need volunteers to help facilitate at the workshops on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th December, so if you can help, please reply to this email.

Other News
Lambeth Horticultural Society is running an evening talk by Everett Leeds on Wednesday 27th November on ‘Clematis Through the Seasons’ in the Old Library, Knights Hill, West Norwood 7.30pm for 8pm start.  Free admission with refreshments available.