Sat 6th June OpenFoodGarden from 3-5pm

Inspiration for your food growing!

13 Abbey View Road, St Albans, AL3 4QL – Saturday 6th June, drop in anytime between 3-5 pm

OpenFoodGardensThis medium-sized garden near St Albans city centre is opening for the second time, after a successful event last year.  The top part of the rear garden is mainly given over to flowers, lawn and a seating area, interspersed with a few food-producing plants such as rhubarb, with herbs grown in a bed near the house.

Poppies and onions

At the far end the owners grow a wide variety of fruit (mainly soft fruits, plus a vine) and vegetables (including potatoes, broad beans, spinach, carrots, leeks, parsnips and onions).

The Shed!

The garden features use of various reclaimed materials, a tumbler composter and several water tanks and butts.

On-street parking is very limited; bikes can be locked in the garden. Wheelchair access to the garden is restricted. No dogs please except guide dogs.

Garden visits are free: suggested donation £2 for over 16s; all proceeds go to TSA funds.

Be Inspired! Open Food Garden Sat 6 June 3-5pm

Inspiration for your food growing!

13 Abbey View Road, St Albans, AL3 4QL – Saturday 6th June, drop in anytime between 3-5 pm

OpenFoodGardensThis medium-sized garden near St Albans city centre is opening for the second time, after a successful event last year.  The top part of the rear garden is mainly given over to flowers, lawn and a seating area, interspersed with a few food-producing plants such as rhubarb, with herbs grown in a bed near the house.

Poppies and onions

At the far end the owners grow a wide variety of fruit (mainly soft fruits, plus a vine) and vegetables (including potatoes, broad beans, spinach, carrots, leeks, parsnips and onions).

The Shed!

The garden features use of various reclaimed materials, a tumbler composter and several water tanks and butts.

On-street parking is very limited; bikes can be locked in the garden. Wheelchair access to the garden is restricted. No dogs please except guide dogs.

Garden visits are free: suggested donation £2 for over 16s; all proceeds go to TSA funds.

Growing food

Birds Nest behind the ivy

Birds Nest behind the ivy

The Home Grown Food Group have started running this year’s Open Food Garden Programme and the first event in May was in the small, award winning garden at Gresford Close with a busy Sunday and dozens of visitors. We thought we would share some of the photos from the day with you….

This is the time of year to have a go at planting your own fruit and veg: whether you have a window-sill, patio or garden space there’s always a way to start growing food. And it’s addictive! Once you see your first lettuce start to take shape, that basil plant take off in its pot, or the broad bean flowers beginning to turn miraculously into a bean pod…it gets to you.

If you fancy seeing how other gardeners do it, the next Open Food Garden is on Sat 6th June at 13 Abbey View Road, and you can drop-in anytime from 3-5pm.  This was a very popular garden last year, with a fabulous view!  Get design ideas for your veg patch or see if anyone else conserves water in the garden as well as you do! It makes a great afternoon out; come on your own, or bring a friend. The events are very informal, with the opportunity to talk to the gardeners if you want to discover how they do it, or share your own thoughts on positive food gardening with the other visitors. Or if you prefer, you can wander around and have a reflective afternoon!

To find out more click here to see the website page for the 2015 Open Food Garden.


 

Discover growing your own!

Discover growing your own!

It's fun!

It’s fun!

Figs in May!

Figs in May!

Clever use of old compost bins

Clever use of old compost bins

 

 

Some like to relax with tea and conversation

Everyone welcome!

Everyone welcome!


 

OFG

Abbey View Road garden

 

Looking forward to seeing you!

 

 

Join the Home Grown Food movement! Plant Extravaganza Plus!

Join the Home Grown Food Movement!

Wed 20 May 7.30pm at Fleetville Community Centre

This year’s Plant Extravaganza Plus! The only place you need to go for a successful summer of food growing – we do it to inspire you!

• Wide range of food plants/seedlings including herbs to take away
• Guest speaker Amanda Yorwerth – on Pollination
• Soil Testing available with advice from our food growers (bring a small sample of garden soil)
Free – donations appreciated.  All welcome – tell your neighbour; bring a friend – see you there!

seedlings

For more information see www.transitionstalbans.org/events/open-meetings/

Plant Extravaganza Plus! Wed 20 May 7.30pm

Plant Extravaganza Plus!- don’t miss out  on your inspiration for Home Grown Food this year

Wed 20 May at Fleetille Community Centre 7.30pm.

Everyone is welcome to this Open Meeting – a Food Growing Inspired evening where the fruits of our soil take first place!

  • There will be a host of food plants and seedlings for your food garden – all for you to take away

  • Special Guest Speaker amanda yorweth on pollinators – bees and butterflies!

  • soil testing availableseedlings

Food plants and seedlings

Our food growers will have a wide range of seedlings and plants for you to peruse and take away. There will be a selection of plants, e.g. beans, peas, chard, squash, courgettes, etc and a variety of garden herbs. Donations appreciated.

Guest Speaker – Amanda Yorweth -local garden consultant and environmentalist

Presentation on the role of bees and other pollinators – and the importance of positive planting to improve pollination in your food garden.

  • Why do you need pollinators for growing food?

  • What plants and herbs should you grow to improve pollination in your garden?

  • How do you know which plants will attract pollinators?

This presentation will have practical application for anyone growing food in their gardens or allotment. There will be time for questions.

Soil Testing available

Please bring a small sample of soil from your garden. Advice on hand from our food growers.

Inspiring home grown food growing!

Plant Extravaganza

Plant Extravaganza

The dedicated members of the HomeGrown Food group have tended lovingly to these plants and seedlings to bring them to you – but why?

Heather Teare, who has been a member of the group for many years says ‘We just want to encourage people to grow their own food! If we can help more people to do this, that’s great!’. Heather is one of the Home Grown Food group who sometimes opens her garden to the public for the OpenFood Gardens summer programme.

Another member contributing food plants is June who has been a regular judge for the best sustainable garden in St Albans annual District in Bloom competition. See more information about this summer’s OpenFood Gardens programme click here.

The TSA HomeGrown Food group say they hope to inspire more people to grow their own food – and widen the range of fruit, veg and herbs that people grow. At these events there are usually more plants than you will ever need to fill your food garden !  – donations welcome.

Everyone is welcome – there will members of Transition St Albans Home Grown Food group at the meeting with plenty of time for conversation- refreshments always available.

OpenFood Garden Event Sunday 10 May 3-5pm – all welcome!

David knows his parsnips!

Come and see what fruit, vegetables and herbs can be grown in St Albans gardens.

Get free advice from the garden owners and other visitors to help you grow your own, save money and reduce your carbon footprint.

Spend an enjoyable afternoon in the company of others interested in growing food.

Sunday 10 May

23 Gresford Close, St Albans, AL4 0UB – Sunday 10th May, drop in anytime between 3-5 pm.

This garden won the Bclose up yellow flowersest Sustainable Garden award in the 2012 District in Bloom competition. A vast amount of fruit and vegetables is grown in a relatively small space in both front and gardens.

At the front is a mixture of fruit, vegetables, herbs and growbags for tomatoes. The multi-purpose back garden incorporates shaded seating areas, planting to attract wildlife and a small pond along with three raised beds, pots and small borders. Here vegetables, salad crops, herbs and a wide variety of fruit (including minarette pear trees, apples, plums, cherries, greengage, fig, medlar, blackberry, loganberry) are grown.

showing visitors around

The garden has several water butts, composters and bins for leaf mould.

Gresford Close is a cul de sac off Colney Heath Lane, with limited street parking. Bikes can be locked in or near the garden. Several buses run along Hatfield Road (5 minutes’ walk away), stopping at Colney Heath Lane. Wheelchair access to the garden is restricted. No dogs please except guide dogs.

Garden visits are free: suggested donation £2 for over 16s; all proceeds go to TSA funds.

OpenFoodGarden Summer Programme Sunday 10 May

David knows his parsnips!

Come and see what fruit, vegetables and herbs can be grown in St Albans gardens.

Get free advice from the garden owners and other visitors to help you grow your own, save money and reduce your carbon footprint.

Spend an enjoyable afternoon in the company of others interested in growing food.

Sunday 10 May

23 Gresford Close, St Albans, AL4 0UB – Sunday 10th May, drop in anytime between 3-5 pm.

This garden won the Bclose up yellow flowersest Sustainable Garden award in the 2012 District in Bloom competition. A vast amount of fruit and vegetables is grown in a relatively small space in both front and gardens.

At the front is a mixture of fruit, vegetables, herbs and growbags for tomatoes. The multi-purpose back garden incorporates shaded seating areas, planting to attract wildlife and a small pond along with three raised beds, pots and small borders. Here vegetables, salad crops, herbs and a wide variety of fruit (including minarette pear trees, apples, plums, cherries, greengage, fig, medlar, blackberry, loganberry) are grown.

showing visitors around

The garden has several water butts, composters and bins for leaf mould.

Gresford Close is a cul de sac off Colney Heath Lane, with limited street parking. Bikes can be locked in or near the garden. Several buses run along Hatfield Road (5 minutes’ walk away), stopping at Colney Heath Lane. Wheelchair access to the garden is restricted. No dogs please except guide dogs.

Garden visits are free: suggested donation £2 for over 16s; all proceeds go to TSA funds.

Volunteers Needed

We still need people to help welcome people to the gardens, give out TSA publicity, collect donations etc, particularly at the garden openings later in the summer, so if you think you could help, please contact Romayne Hutchison on Romayne DOT Hutchison AT gmail DOT com . You would never be on your own, but we do need a few people each time, so an hour or so of your time would be really appreciated.