London in Bloom

This week our main focus will be on getting the site looking its best for the RHS London in Bloom judges who will be visiting us shortly. Last year we were awarded ‘Outstanding’ in the ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ category so we are hoping to be able to repeat this, this year.

There are a few areas around the garden which are in particular need of attention. These are the patch running along the back of the upper greenhouse, the area between our new tool container and the Nissan hut, and the area between the lower greenhouse and passive greenhouse.

The paths around the site, particularly those in the woodland need some attention too, and clearing of encroaching vegetation. While walking in the woodland it is nice to see how much fruit has set on the pear trees, and mulberry tree, and the thornless loganberry which is trained along the boundary fence and is covered in flowers. The signs so far are that we can look forward to a good harvest of fruit later in the year!

We will plant out the brassicas from the seed bed into the main brassica bed in the upper four crop.

It is time to clear and re-sow salads in the planter in the passive greenhouse. We will sow more ‘Bloody marvel ‘ lettuce seed. This is an experimental new lettuce variety bred for the London Freedom Seed Bank by Richard Galpin in Walworth, South London. It is inspired by research into the Bloody Cos variety, also known as Spotted Aleppo which originated in Syria in the 18th Century. The parent plants for Bloody Marvel were Marvel of Four Seasons and Majan Jaguar, selected through the 2017 Walworth Lettuce Trials for their suitability for London growing conditions. They were then manually cross-pollinated and the resulting cross selected for desirable characteristics – resilience, red flecks of colour, vigour and taste.

This Sunday 2nd June at 11am there will be the next of the Edible Garden workshops where we will be looking at our fruit and vegetables and seeing how we can tell when they are ready to harvest.  We will do a tour of the garden’s vegetable beds and review how the crops are progressing and talk about how to tell when it is the right time to harvest them. The workshop is free but please book here to let us know if you are coming.

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