This week in the garden we’ll be remaking the shop in the upper greenhouse so the shop won’t be open on Thursday while we move it all around. On Friday, if the weather holds we’ll be taking down the rest of the Elder in the lower garden to the height of the Yew hedge adjacent. We will use this stump to support the Ivy that is already growing around it as this gives late forage for our bees. We’ll also be removing the old bush tomatoes and manuring and covering the bed. We will try to make time to cover the pond with netting as the leaves begin to fall. We must do this soon.

On Saturday, we will be harvesting and drying seeds as well as sowing some perennial flower seeds. We will also make Apple and Chilli Relish and Green Tomato Salsa.  We are getting a big delivery of Wood Chip from Lambeth this week which we will be using to top up the wood chip on our paths.   We’ll also be giving our perennial plants housed in the Lower Greenhouse cold frame a bit of love and care to see them through the winter – we will prick out any weeds, give them a thorough water and a nice ‘top dress’ of compost.

On Sunday at 2.30pm, we are holding our AGM and we’ll need to set up for this in the morning.

As must be evident from the above, we are keeping the gardens open whilst staying in line with government guidance. So volunteering is still on 10 til 1 and 2 til 5 Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sun.  Weekends also remain open to the public 11 til 4.  If you feel at all uncomfortable with weekend visitors but wish to volunteer, come on a Thursday or Friday, but avoid weekends.

One change though, and our sincere apologies for this to those who have recently registered as volunteers, we think it is sensible for us to suspend new volunteer inductions just now. Already, we have so many new volunteers who are struggling to book places to volunteer with BPCG and unfortunately we can’t increase the number of volunteering slots we have on site for obvious reasons. We will let you know in these weekly community updates when more volunteer inductions are planned.

If you would like to support BPCG in other ways than on-site garden work, there are actually plenty of other tasks we need help with that can be done ‘out of hours’ and / from home. These include IT and administrative tasks,  fundraising work and helping on our children’s programme. If these are of interest – or indeed you have other ideas – please do drop us a line and we can discuss further. Please also do visit at weekends. We all know we need our green havens more than ever at this time.

There is some rain forecast for this week. That means we are likely to be working in the greenhouses for some of the time. Therefore, please bring a mask if you are volunteering this week which we will be asking you to wear if you are in the greenhouse or in the kitchen with others.

Great News!  We have once again been awarded ‘outstanding’ in the RHS London in Bloom Community Garden Awards. This award recognises our environmental stewardship and our community engagement as well as our horticultural merit. Everyone who has volunteered during the last year has helped us achieve this award. Well done and thank you!

The wonderful iyatraQuartet are playing an outside Gig at the Greenhouses on Sunday 4th October 5.30pm to 7.30pm.  It’s to celebrate the release of their Vinyl Album Breaking the Dawn.  Watch Will rolling his Vinyl all the way to BPCG here!  Book tickets here.  You are in for a treat!  There’s also the chance to watch from home an online live performance from iyatraQuartet on 30th September 6pm to 6.45pm.  Book for this online at iyatra’s website here

Thoughout September, at BPCG, Andy is offering outdoor Tai Chi on Sat mornings (9am to 10am) and Sally is offering outdoor Yoga on Sat mornings (11am to 12.30 and 2 to 3).  Book on