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The Edible Garden Year

You can eat organic produce from your garden year round if  you know the right things to do – and when.  Every month in these Sunday morning workshops, you can learn from Cat our community gardener all about how to make your Garden Edible – 12 months of the year and using organic gardening methods.

In this workshop, Cat will teach you how to make hard wood cuttings from fruit bushes such as red and black currants.  This is exciting as you will get to know how you can make many new plants from one ‘mother’! We will also be learning how to winter prune grape vines.

We should too be harvesting leeks, parsnips and kale – which will give you inspiration on growing these in 2019.

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Christmas party for volunteers

Our Christmas party is coming up!  It’s 6pm to 8pm on Friday 14th December at the Greenhouses.  Cat’s going to bring her violin along to accompany a little carol singing. All other instrumentalists welcome.  On the ‘playlist’ so far Silent Night Ding Dong Merrily on High Lord of the Dance Havah Nagila  – Let us rejoice But songs […]

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Christmas Wreaths and Table Centre-Piece Workshop


Come and try your hand at making Christmas Wreaths and Table-Centre Pieces!

We will collect all sorts of natural materials from our gardens like seed heads, pods and cones and ‘gourdgeous’ decorative gourds. Once you start looking, it’s amazing what you can spot that will look great on a wreath or Christmas table. And it’s great fun trying out different combinations and interweaving them together.

Feel free to bring along any materials with you to mix and match with what we have already got.

Don’t worry if you think you aren’t particularly arty or crafty – it really doesn’t matter! Somehow it always work out fine. Nature’s little Christmas gift to us perhaps! And don’t worry if you can only stay for an hour or two, the window of 11 to 3 is to enable people to drop in for as long or as little as they need to make their wreath(s) or table decoration(s).

Your £6 booking fee (£4 concessions) entitles you to take one wreath or table centre-piece home with you.  If you would like to take more than one home, then please make a further cash donation per piece on the day.  Note, if you do not want to take a wreath or table centre-piece home with you, but simply want to make things and leave them at the greenhouses, then just book a free ticket.

Hope to see you on Thursday any time from 11am to 3pm.

Suitable for adults and children (concessionary prices apply to under 12s)

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Thinking of xmas and 2019

This week in the garden, we will be running a number of christmas wreath making workshops using natural plant materials. If you have any evergreen stems, attractive seed heads, or other decorative things you think would look good woven into a wreath, please do bring them along.   We will be potting up house plants into […]

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Ferment Your Christmas!

Join us at the Greenhouses for a relaxed and communal Sunday workshop on fermentation where we will learn how to make seasonal ferments for your Christmas table – Kimchi, Sauerkraut and Kefir.

We will talk about the importance and benefits of lacto-fermentation while chopping, grating and squeezing. Everyone will have a chance to taste different home-made ferments and discuss how we can include them in our daily diet beyond the holiday season. No prior knowledge of fermentation is necessary and any questions about the process are welcome.

You will make and take away a jar of each of these:

Brussels sprouts Kimchi

Chipotle Sauerkraut

“Mulled wine” lemonade water Kefir

Half of the workshop proceeds will go to the Greenhouses to support our work and the other half towards fundraising for Jelena’s nephew Jude’s operation to help him learn how to walk. You can read about little Jude and cerebral palsy here.

Ferment Your Christmas will be run by Jelena Belgrave, a trained macrobiotic and wholefoods chef with a passion for fermentation.  Jelena has run very popular Family Fermentation workshops for children at the Greenhouses.  This time it’s the grown ups’ turn!

Jelena trained with the world-renowned macrobiotic counsellor Simon Brown between 2009 and 2011. After 12 years in news and current affairs, Jelena left her job at the BBC to pursue her passion for food full time.  Jelena has in recent years led numerous macrobiotic and wholefood cooking and fermentation workshops, published nutritious recipes in the Serbian magazine Sensa, worked with private clients and wrote a bi-lingual blog for a while, focusing on healthier food choices for the whole family.

Follow Jelena on Instagram @potsandfoodtoshare

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