Some events to look out for………… A change of date for Purple for Polio

A History of Gardens and Growing in Charlton

On Saturday 18th February at 2:30 pm in the Grand Salon in Charlton House, Barbara , Caroline and Judy will be giving a talk for the Charlton Society.

The details are:-

Outline: the talk will look at how the land in Charlton and the surrounding area has been used over time for growing food . 

They will cover:

  •        what was happening in the 18th and 19th centuries in farming and market gardening
  •       the estates and gardens of the ‘Big Houses’ such as East Combe and Bramhope Lodge
  •       allotments and how they developed from the 19th century, looking particularly at their expansion during WW1 and      WW2
  •       the importance of community growing spaces today and for the future

Please note, Entrance and refreshments: members £2; visitors £3.

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Purple For Polio

To mark the blooming of the crocus (we hope!!!), we are holding an informal get together at The Fairfield Practice

this will no longer  be from 9:30 – 10:30 on Saturday 25th February.

A new date is to be set in March when we are more likely to have some purple crocus to see 

If possible, please wear or bring something purple.

purple

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Early notice of our Plant Sale 

Our main, annual plant sale, where we raise funds for the garden, will be held on 18th May 2017  details will follow closer to the date, but we welcome any plants you may have spare, so a reminder now in case you want to plant a few extras or take some cuttings for us.   

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Gardening Party  February 5th

On Sunday 5th February we had our first gardening party of the year.  February is usually limited for garden activity, but we had a great turn out from our volunteers and a lot got done.  As well as the wicking bed, we also needed to clear the overgrown bed near to the station entrance.  With official railway approval CCGs will be developing this bed, we hope, in collaboration with Charlton Park School. Litter picking was another task which needed to be done – a Charlton home match on the previous day had made for more litter than usual, but also, as usual, all else in the garden was fine. 

Lest we forget.....

Lest we forget…..

Judy on a green bin hunt in the local neighbourhood

Judy on a green bin hunt in the local neighbourhood

Years of debris in the middle

Years of debris in the middle

Tea and cake. A well earned break. Thanks Jane and Mike

Tea and cake. A well earned break. Thanks Jane and Mike

Judy returns with her trophy - a green bin

Judy returns with her trophy – a green bin

 

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a new recruit.......

a new recruit…….

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The new Wicking Bed

Wicking Bed

For those of you passing through Charlton Station recently, you may have been wondering why one of our raised beds has been emptied. It is temporary. We are creating a Wicking Bed.

What is a wicking bed you may ask…………
It is a system using a reservoir of water under the soil / growing medium which allows the water to permeate up though the soil. It also encourages root growth towards it. It can be made in a number of different ways There are numerous examples on You tube, mostly being demonstrated by people with American or Australian accents but none YET with south east London accent.
Keeping our raised beds suitably watered during dry periods is a real challenge. This is not to undervalue the dedication of our regular summer waterers, but if it makes it easier………

Why a wicking bed?
Trial a system to help with watering challenges
Commonly used to very dry climates eg California and Australia
Conserves water; less evaporation
Our aims – to ‘educate’ could be useful for other community gardens where regular watering is problematic.

How we are progressing

The bed has been emptied of soil, achieved with the labour and energy of GoodGym.
The bed has been lined with sand, felt and pond liner then filled with gravel and initial pipe work.

Next steps

To add more gravel, fit a membrane and then refill with soil; again assisted by GoodGym.

THEN – plant up…….. and observe. The real test will be during the dryer summer months.

We have lots of photos and some video and maybe will even get our South East London YouTube “ how to make a wicking bed” One to look out for………..

wicking bed sketch

But for now, a rough sketch  followed by some photos.

wicking bed sketch

Preparing for GoodGym and their 30 mins of high energy activity

Preparing for GoodGym and their 30 mins of high energy activity

GoodGym runners get stuck in with spades and bags

GoodGym runners get stuck in with spades and bags

GoodGym Dig.....

GoodGym Dig…..

The GoodGym team on the night

The GoodGym team on the night

Digging deeper at the February gardening party

Digging deeper at the February gardening party

The irony of it. While we dig with our spades and shovels, the station is closed and mechanical diggers lift the rails and dig......

The irony of it. While we dig with our spades and shovels, the station is closed and mechanical diggers lift the rails and dig……

Made it to the bottom. Now the sand lining

Made it to the bottom. Now the sand lining

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