Posted in 'How to', Community growing, Edible Flowers, Jerusalem artichokes, Rhubarb, Runner Beans, Tomatoes, tagged bean seeds, community veg growing, front garden vegetable patch, growing vegetables, rain and sunshine, runner beans in growbags, urban community veg growing project, urban eden, urban veg growing, Veg growing in front gardens, veg growing in growbags on August 13, 2011 |
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Plenty of rain and sunshine has really helped to produce a fantastic crop of runner beans for our front garden community veg growing project in Finsbury Park, North London.
As you walk through our neighbourhood, growbags full of veg abound, creating our own urban Eden!
This year we gave away free runner bean seeds along with free growbags delivered to front doors, full of rich London Waste compost.
It’s a joy to see that over 100 households are growing vegetables in their front gardens this year, and also using last year’s growbags to expand their veg growing to courgettes,
Jerusalem artichokes and nasturtium
Spinach and corn
Soon, it will be time to have another neighbourhood get together, where everyone is welcome to meet up over tea and cake in a front garden. It’s a fantastic opportunity for neighbours and friends to get to know one another better (and the local community police always drop by for a piece of cake and a natter too) and it’s great to see our local urban community brought closer together through veg growing and cake!
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Posted in 'How to', Vegetables, Allotment, Community growing, Runner Beans, tagged Community gardening, community veg growing, Growing veg in the community, Community veg growing in Islington, Growing runner beans, runner beans in growbags, community cake events, Large growbags, Veg growing in front gardens, Neighbours growing veg, Neighbours cake events, Front garden allotment, Allotments in front gardens on June 13, 2011 |
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Yesterday, I spent the whole day with neighbours distributing green growbags (as in pic above) to local residents’ front gardens for this year’s Community veg growing project. Pic above is also part of a 4 page article in Gardening Which? this month. Unfortunately I can’t include a link to their website as it’s for members only, so below I’ve copied and pasted the rest of the article. That’s me above (in pink) in my front garden last May.
Most photos were taken last year during the growbags give-away day in May and at the end of the growing season in August.
This year, we’ve doubled the number of participating households from 50 to 100!
Neighbours can now start growing their beans in the growbags provided, and we’ll get together in a couple of months over tea and cake to catch up at the end of the growing season.
If you want to read more about the project, you can go to the community growing page on my blog.
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