Another spring and another ‘Cake Sunday’.
This is the second year of our community veg growing project and many neighbours got together last weekend in a front garden in North London to pick up their free seeds and to discuss the veg growing scheme for this year over tea and cakes.
Last year we experimented with growing corn, squash and runner beans in growbags in front gardens, with the help of a Capital Growth grant.
It was a huge success, especially the runner beans, so this year we’re giving away free runner bean, spinach and radish seeds (thanks to funding received from the Cripplegate Foundation and Islington Gardeners) and as before, large growbags, full of rich compost, will be delivered to residents’ front gardens in a couple of weeks.
We also have a specially concocted mix of annual and perennial wildflower seeds to give away, which we sourced from Landlife Wildflowers, to sow at the base of our street trees. These tree pits really enliven the area and do encourage dog owners to be more responsible about where their dogs do their business!
Once again, one of our local community police officers was on hand to offer support,
and signed up the local police station at the end of our street to join the veg growing scheme.
This year we’re doubling the number of participating households from 50 to 100 as more neighbours are keen to join in growing vegetables and above all, want to get to know other residents in their neighbourhood. As numbers of participating households increase, the Blackstock Triangle area in Finsbury Park is becoming an even more friendly place to live!