Food Communities will be hosting regular live Growers’ Question Time sessions via Zoom with a great team of experts starting on Sunday May 31st.
Even in late Spring there is still a risk of frosts, so keep an eye on your local weather forecast for any days when temperatures are likely to drop below 0ºC (32ºF). Spring frost can damage tender young growth and blossom so it’s a good idea to be prepared to protect from late frosts in May.
Weeds spring up with with a vengeance in April and May and it is really important to control weeds now to ensure they don’t go to seed when they will spread all over the place and to weaken them and stop them establishing themselves with long deep roots.
Convert your lawn into food growing beds to take the strain off our farmers and supermarkets. You don’t have to convert your lawn entirely and you can easily grow it back if you want to in the future, but let’s prioritise growing food over growing grass.
Many of our common weeds are perfectly edible and highly nutritious. Early spring is the best time to be eating these edible weeds, when they are at their most tender. Here is a list of some of the best UK weeds – versatile, tasty, nutritious, sustainable and free!
List of harvest times for fruit in the UK, stretching from March to November, with the main harvesting period between June and August.
Broad beans are a fantastic, easy-to-grow, super-tasty source of protein and fibre. In the UK broad bean seed can be sown directly into the ground outside either in October or November or in March, April or May. Here is some simple guidance on how to grow your own Broad Beans…
Early spring is a good time to grow Elder trees from cuttings. It’s a quick and easy job that creates new trees for your garden and/or neighbours.
Early spring is a good time to prepare to grow your own new fruit bushes from cuttings such as currants and berries. It’s a quick and easy job that creates lots of free new plants for your garden and/or to give to neighbours.
List of fast growing UK vegetables that we can grow from seed straight into the ground outside in early spring for a quick harvest.
Indoor home growing in the UK is sadly undervalued and largely unexplored. But it is a vital factor in us becoming more self sufficient and growing our own food all year round.
Spring is in sight! And there are lots of excuses to get back into the garden in February. Good winter preparation is really important for growing loads of wonderful fruit, veg and herbs. Let’s take a look at things to do in the garden in February…
‘Chitting potatoes’ means leaving your seed potatoes to sprout in a cool, frost-free place with lots of light. February is a good time to do this in preparation for planting outdoors in March and April.
Now is a good time to get our vegetable beds prepared. Soil quality is the key factor in growing great produce so we need to be thinking about incorporating lots of organic matter and how best to manage weeds.
We have just planted 420 edible native trees (Blackthorn, Crab Apple, Elder, Dog Rose, Hazel, Rowan) very generously supplied by The Woodland Trust.
Here is a nice reminder of all the great vegetables we grew in our Peebles community garden this year completely for free.
We harvested a lot of great veg from our Peebles garden in its first season. Now the beds have been covered with cardboard and paths seeded with grass.
Spring Cabbage is one of the first crops we can enjoy in the spring. Plant Spring Cabbage in September or October and leave to overwinter. Here’s how…
November and March are ideal times of the year to divide rhubarb crowns to propagate new identical plants for other parts of your garden or to share with neighbours.
You can plant garlic anytime from late autumn to early spring, but the best bet is in October or November for an earlier harvest in June and July.
Food Community Facebook Groups are ideal platforms to swap and share homegrown food. This is a great way to use up surpluses and access produce you haven’t been able to grow. We also have convenient drop-off locations to make swapping easier.
Our Community Garden at Peebles is pretty much ready for growing food. We have created the garden for free using waste materials sourced locally (cardboard, pallets, manure, topsoil) and donated or shared tools and have used zero chemicals.
Our Community Garden at Stobo is pretty much ready for growing food. We have created the garden for free using waste materials sourced locally (cardboard, pallets, manure, topsoil) and donated or shared tools and have used zero chemicals.
Our Community Garden at Waterheads, near Eddleston, is pretty much ready for growing food. We have created the garden for free using waste materials sourced locally (cardboard, pallets, manure, topsoil) and donated or shared tools and have used zero chemicals.
We have just had some great news from The Woodland Trust. It has been confirmed that Food Communities will receive 420 edible trees in November! The native trees are hazel, blackthorn, crab apple, dog rose, elder, and rowan to be planted in our community gardens.
Matthew, Rudi, Connor, and Oli volunteer in our community gardens. I sat down with them for a little chat about what we have been doing and about the broader topics of food and community. It is always fun talking with the lads and I knew it would be an interesting chat.
Bring some of your favourite homemade dishes, bakes, sweets, preserves etc and also any seeds to swap amongst the group! Event includes a pickling & preserving workshop, a tour of the 2000m² Project, and free hot food in the café.