Happy New Year – News and updates

It is the quiet season for Charlton Community Gardens.  Those passing through the station will see that our overwintering vegetables are thriving, but in this cold weather most of you will be rushing through to the warmth of a train or your home.P1210837

Frost touched herbs and vegetables have their own beauty.

Frosted Sage

 

Dates of the 2017 working parties are now available  – see details on the diary page . The first of the year is next month on Sunday 5th February.  Mornings now, from 10 a.m.   As well as the usual tasks we will be doing work on our raised bed number 2. We are transforming it into a Wicking Bed; a growing system that makes a raised bed more self-contained and, once lined with non-porous material, should  help to retain water.  In this bed we also hope the lining will keep out some of the roots of the nearby London Plane Tree.

There is a lot of digging to be done, and once again we have asked GoodGym to assist us – in fact they will be doing, rather than assisting with, most of the heavy work involved in emptying and digging down into the raised bed. They do their activity in the evenings.  So we are hoping that they will be out in force next Wednesday.

 

CCGs mentioned on air…………

Shortly before Christmas some CCGs volunteers went up to the Tower of London to watch an episode of Gardeners Question Time being recorded (though everyone had to behave as if it was live).

Pat Taylor submitted a question that she was then asked to put to the panel.

Pat’s question, presented on behalf of Charlton Community Gardens was:- 

Q – What plants can you suggest that are capable of absorbing pollutants – particularly outdoor plants?

 

Chris – Dust is the biggest pollutant outside.  ‘London Plane’ tree is great.  You want a broad, waxy leaf base.  You want something that regularly jettisons its leaves.

 

Matt – Spathiphyllum are good for absorbing indoor pollutants that get out

 

Chris – Mother in Law’s tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata) is what NASA use. Apparently it’s the best!

 

Pippa – Boston ferns

The episode is still available to listen to, and here is the link.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08343jm

Pat asked the question in relation to the heavy pollution in this area.  Alas the answers were nearly all linked to houseplants – except for the London Plane; which we have on our patch at the station, and the roots of which, somewhat ironically, we are trying to contain!!!!.