It’s the Lambeth Country Show this weekend! This means that the Greenhouses are closed for the weekend.  But don’t run away!  We really do need your help on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

To add to the fun this year we are being filmed on Friday and Saturday for BBC1’s Farmers’ Country Showdown. The film crew will be in operation from 8.30am to 6pm on both days. They are filming the overall story of BPCG as well as about our participation in the Lambeth Country Show.

If you can help on Friday (10am to 6pm) Saturday (9.30am to 8pm) and/or Sunday (9.30am to 8pm)  please reply to this email indicating when you can come.

Where to find us on Sat/Sun? The show opens at midday on both days. We will be at BPCG at 9.30 moving plants and produce from BPCG to the stand. Our stand will be in the usual place opposite the Flower and Produce Tent just down the slope from Brockwell Hall.  Do download the Country Show’s app for finding us and others!  Click HERE for I phone or HERE for Android.

To help you get through security, we should have a limited number of passes available for pick up from the greenhouses on Thursday afternoon and Friday. Please remember to ask for these as that security fence is back!

What will we be doing at the show?  Selling plants and produce; Entering plants, veg and flowers into the competition; Talking to people about Raising the Barn  – getting 2000 votes in favour and donations – and about our volunteer gardening, our children’s programe, our workshops and gigs.

It will be great fun! We hope you can join us.

Garden work this week includes: harvesting (and eating! it’s a hard life) our purple Kohlrabi. Kohlrabi is in the same family as mustard and close relatives with cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, kale and Brussels sprouts.  (p.s. you just might see one in our show entry….)

When harvesting kohlrabi, it’s vital to keep an eye on the swelling base. Once the stem reaches 8-10cm in diameter, cut the bulb from the root with a sharp knife. Position your knife at soil level, just under the bulb. Pull the leaves off of the upper stems and wash the leaves before cooking. You can use the leaves as you would cabbage leaves. Peel off the outer skin from the bulb using a paring knife and eat the bulb raw or cook as you do a turnip.

Last week we harvested our onions and shallots and this has made space in our roots bed to sow more fast growing vegetable varieties including beetroots, carrots as well as enabling us to plant out more leek plants.

In our Legumes bed we will be sowing the last of our successional dwarf French beans.

We need to keep up with the watering of our vegetable and harvesting courgettes, raspberries and french beans.

BPCG Workshop and Gig news

On 27th July 1pm to 4pm, there are a few tickets left for Petros and David’s Introduction to Bee-Keeping.

On 28th July, 10.30am to 1pm, there are 3 free tickets available for Cat’s Summer Tree Pruning Workshop.  Let Kate know if you would like one of these.

On 28th July 5.30pm to 8.30pm, we have a wonderful gig at the greenhouses from Matthew Byrne  all the way from Newfoundland, Canada.. Matthew has been described as ‘having a voice as true as a compass needle’ and one that is ‘staggeringly beautiful…making for the rarest and most vital folk performer.’ Don’t miss this man who is steeped in traditional stories and true artistry. Have a pre-listen here Book here £10, £7 concessions.  Let Kate know by replying to this email, if you can help with set up / serving refreshments/clear up.  Meet at 3pm, end 9.30pm.

We have one spare ticket for a volunteer who can help Jelena for a fermenting workshop on Saturday 3rd August (12pm to 4.30pm).  Let Kate know if you can help please by replying to this email. Or do just book as a regular punter. It’s going to be a fab workshop full of summer produce.

And our Saturday Summer Yoga starts on Saturday August 3rd 11am to 12.30pm with Sally Ramsden with a lovely mix of Slow Flow Hatha and Restorative Yoga. For more details and to book, go here