This week in the garden, all around the site, we need to rake up our leaves and sweep the paths. The lower garden decking needs a thorough clear off of mulberry leaves. We will add these leaves to our leaf mould pile. In 2 years we should have great broken down leaf mould for mulching our beds with.
Diane needs help removing bindweed roots at the back of the dye plants stock bed, behind the golden rod plants and the wall. Those who help with this will need to be sure they don’t dig up the hops planted there.
Note too that on Sunday 18th November at 11.30, Diane who is a Dye Plant Expert is running a practical workshop on growing dye plants. You will be able to help plan, grow and develop dye plants in the dye beds both in the herb garden and in the lower garden. Diane also welcomes helpers interested in learning more about dye plants on her regular Thursdays from midday. The Sunday 18th workshop is free but book here
If the fencing guys have put up the new fencing between the tennis courts and the greenhouses, then the dead hedge needs putting back in place and earth moving back in front of the dead hedge.
We can also start our winter clean down of the upper greenhouse this week.
We need to finish off sanding and teak oiling our wooden chairs.
In BPCG kids’ news
We have two lovely workshops for children happening on Saturday 17th November. In the morning, from 10.30am to 12pm Autumn Gardeners (under 5s) Let your little ones plant up bulbs, collect autumn leaves and make bird feeders to take home. Book here
In the afternoon from 2pm to 3.45pm, Jelena Belgrave is running Festive Ferments for children to learn how to make tip top Kefir and fermented cauliflower and carrot. Yum for their tums! Book here
In other BPCG News
There is a last in the season Gig at the Greenhouses this Friday 9th November when Germa Adan and Merlyn Driver are playing for the Nest Collective at BPCG. It’s 7pm to 10pm. Book tickets here
We held our volunteer meeting on 25th October. Here are the minutes kindly taken by Ursula. Next meeting is Sunday 25th November at 3pm. If anyone is interested in chairing or indeed in minuting, please let Kate know. Cat will be giving a short presentation on adult safeguarding at this meeting.
On Thursday 22nd November, Jelena Belgrave has very kindly offered to run a volunteer workshop on Fermenting. You will learn how to make Kimchi, Sauerkraut and Kefir. If you would like to join this workshop, please let Kate know on firstname.lastname@example.org. The workshop will run from 11 to 2. Please bring along 3 glass jars with you. We will provide the ingredients.
Jelena is a trained macrobiotic and wholefoods chef with a passion for fermentation. Jelena has run lots of very popular Family Fermentation workshops for children at the Greenhouses. This time it’s the grown ups’ turn!
Wreath workshops are coming up! We have got very enthusiastic and scheduled three. We will be making wreaths and table centre piece decorations. If you are pruning back for winter and come across attractive seed heads and foliage that will dry well and look good on a wreath or in a table decoration, please do bring it up to the greenhouses. Think hydrangea flower heads, allium seed heads, honesty seed heads, Chinese lanterns, eucalyptus foliage, any conifer cones – this sort of thing. And if you have any bits and bobs of ribbons, coloured wires and other random decorative Christmassy twiddles like chillies that you’d like to clear out and you think would look good on our wreath or table piece, the greenhouses are the place to bring them. If you fancy experimenting with making your own decorative orange slices, have a look here on how.
And if you incline more to bricks and mortar than arts and crafts, why not join the Renovate! Team on 25th November 10am to 1pm when Chris, Andy, David and Rolanas are getting down and dirty renovating our lower greenhouses. Your help would be greatly appreciated. Please book for free here