October Peppers - still growing!
I can't believe how quickly the time has gone since Saturday's jaunt to Camden's Good Food Day, what with the arrival of our first fruit trees on Tuesday and Wednesday (on which topic, I think enough has been said), plus we've had a couple of beautiful sunny, fresh autumnal days so, obviously, back out into the Veg Patch for some happy time, and a chance to look around the place with my camera lens. Sometimes there's so much good stuff going on you just don't know where to start …
Ooo… lucky D. What a stunner!
But first, a quick update on Saturday's event. It was quieter than I anticipated - but hopefully lots of people went along later because there was some good stuff there: inspiration and education for food growing, advice about healthy eating and food waste, food co-ops and the seed exchange. I chatted to a variety of folk doing sterling work in the community; hopefully a few of you will click through to their websites, below, and be inspired by the good they do - or maybe you already have something similar in your part of the globe.
Let me just say this - Real Bread making skills are back on everyone's agenda (as part of a community food project and as a free workshop on the South Bank on 24th Oct - more details nearer the time) and I'm pursuing a line of enquiry about making huge baskets for plant growing - see Global Generation below, and I've made simple recycled plant markers from a top tip on City Leaf's website. (I also made some of my own which I'll show with a tutorial - mine are also recycled, but prettier, naturellement.) Utterly F.A.B.
And, as they say, last but certainly not least: Pumpkin progress. We're watching this one. Only 2 weeks to go before (say it quietly) … snip, snip, snip. (Ouch! I feel so mean saying that.)
Here are a few highlights from Saturday:
Sustain - loads on their website about food, the environment, urban agriculture, workshops, training and grants. Recommended!
FoodWorks - Cooking and redistributing surplus retail food overstock as nutritious meals to needy people in the local community. (Inspired by the Campus Kitchens Project in the U.S.A.)
Global Generation, engaging with younger generations to promote change in both the community and business. (Take a look at their website; I was inspired by the large baskets they made to grow veg in at a local school, especially good if you only have a concrete patio, balcony or rooftop at your disposal.)
City Leaf: Helping would-be gardeners make the most of their growing space (however small). The website has some interesting tips and advice for gardeners - even if you're not local to London!! (Yayy, something for the non-London readers!) … I would, however, take them to task with their by-line "Grow Food Not Flowers". For shame, guys! Flowers are edible (nasturtiums, violas, lavender, marigolds, sunflower seeds, for heaven's sake!) … and companion plants … and pretty up your growing space to make it even more inviting. Okay, I rest my case. Point made. Getting off my soapbox (for now).