Who Can Resist a Garden Full of Summer Berries?

On Tuesday 2nd August from 3- 5pm a large garden at 104 Marshalswick Lane is opening as part of our Open Food Garden summer programme. You can drop-in any time between 3-5pm to have a look around this large well-established garden, get some inspiration for your own food garden design and tips from the gardener and other visitors.

There are two large cooking apple trees and more recently planted quince, minarette apples, espalier and minarette pear trees. Soft fruit includes raspberries and blackberries. Early and late strains of rhubarb are also grown. Vegetables include sweetcorn, courgettes, squash, leeks and climbing French beans.

 Some unusual features include Yacon (a sweet tuber), oca and perennial leeks and cabbages. There are also some perennial herbs.

Open Food Garden events

Tues 2nd August 3-5pm
104 Marshalswick Lane, St Albans, AL1 4XE
Sun 21st August 3 - 5pm 
66, Sherwood Avenue, Marshalswick, St Albans, AL4 9PL

Suggested donation of £2.00 for over 16s; all proceeds go to TSA funds. For more information see the Open Food Gardens Summer Programme here

Food growers’ diary

The Royal Horticultural Society says that slugs and snails are NOT the no 1 pests – for the first time in a decade  The box tree caterpillar tops the annual list – but for the food gardener it is often slugs and snails that do the damage!

This Saturday 30th July FoodSmiles St Albans is hosting a special skills session on ‘How to control pests and diseases organically’.

It is open to any food gardener interested in alternative approaches to keeping their fruit and veg pest free! As well as covering some of the most common / damaging pests and ways to minimise their impact, the session will look at growing to reduce damage more generally.

Introduction to Organic Pest Control for Veg Growers
Sat 30 July 10.30am – 12.30pm
Hammonds End Farm, Harpenden AL5 2AY

To book, please email Foodsmiles.info@gmail.com. Suggested donation £3 per person. The session will mostly be indoors but please wear shoes suitable for the garden.



Who Can Resist a Garden Full of Summer Berries?

Later in the week on Tuesday 2nd August a large garden at 104 Marshalswick Lane is opening as part of our Open Food Garden summer programme. You can drop-in any time between 3-5pm to have a look around this large well-established garden.

There are two large cooking apple trees and more recently planted quince, minarette apples, espalier and minarette pear trees. Soft fruit includes raspberries and blackberries. Early and late strains of rhubarb are also grown. Vegetables include sweetcorn, courgettes, squash, leeks and climbing French beans.

 Some unusual features include Yacon (a sweet tuber), oca and perennial leeks and cabbages. There are also some perennial herbs.

Open Food Garden event

Tues 2nd August 3-5pm
104 Marshalswick Lane, St Albans, AL1 4XE

Suggested donation of £2.00 for over 16s; all proceeds go to TSA funds. For more information see the Open Food Gardens Summer Programme here

 

Be Inspired on a sunny Sunday!

Be Inspired! Open Food Garden event – Sunday 17th July

27, Glenferrie Road, Fleetville, St Albans, AL1 4JT

Drop in any time between 3-5pm

J beansGrow your own – or would you like to? Our unique Open Food Garden programme continues this Sunday with a brand new garden for this summer, in Fleetvile.

Our local food gardeners open their gardens just for you! Enjoy one of our rare sunny Sundays this summer at this TSA local event run by the community for the community.

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 This medium-sized garden continues to evolve. As well as evergreen and deciduous trees, shrubs and climbers, mostly grown in narrow borders along both sides of the garden, numerous types of fruit and vegetables, both annual and perennial, are grown in the borders, containers and raised beds.

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Read more click here Open Food Gardens 2016

Fruit grown in borders includes apple, pear, raspberry, redcurrant, blackcurrant and tayberry; a fig tree, blueberries, a nectarine tree and a cherry tree are grown in pots; strawberries are grown in wine crates. There is also a fan-trained plum tree, one espalier and two cordon apples and a young pomegranate tree.

Vegetables grown in a mix of raised beds (made from reclaimed scaffolding

boards), pots and other containers include potatoes, peas, garlic, courgettes, broad beans, borlotti beans, beetroot, parsnips, carrots and pumpkins. Perennial cauliflowers are also grown. Tomatoes, chillies and cucumber are grown in the greenhouse.

The garden is home to four chickens.

 

 There is limited on-street parking. A small amount of space in the back garden can be used to accommodate bikes.Wheelchair access would be possible to the patio and top part of the rear garden. No dogs please except guide dogs.

Suggested donation of £2.00 for over 16s; all proceeds go to TSA funds.

Get tips and advice and design inspiration for growing your own!

Freelance contract offer 2016 Sustainable St Albans Week


Freelance contract: Would you like to help make 2016 SuStAinable St Albans Week a success?

logos3The team of volunteers behind SuStAinable St Albans Week is recruiting a freelance contractor as Partnerships Coordinator to help deliver this award-winning week, all about engaging the community in environmental sustainability.

Please note: the role is subject to confirmation of funding.

Partnerships Coordinator: Your role is to successfully coordinate the Sustainable St Albans Week programme. In particular, to liaise with the 100+ local organisations who are running events & activities to produce an accurate and engaging programme. To prepare and monitor the project plans and budget. During the week, to trouble-shoot and make sure everything is running smoothly! (We estimate that to fulfill the contract will require around 320 hours between Sep-Dec, based on an average of 20 hours a week at £20 per hour, up to a maximum of £6400.)

Role description and application process here: Project Coordinator JD 2016

The deadline for is 5pm on Monday 25th July.  Interviews will be on either the evening of Thur 4th Aug or daytime on Tues 9th Aug.

Sustainable St Albans Week is running from 19-26 November 2016. During this week, lots of local organisations, across the district, will be running events and activities under this banner. The week is run through a collaboration of Transition St Albans and St Albans Friends of the Earth, with the support of St Albans City and District Council. You will be joining the existing, friendly and supportive Working Group made up of volunteers from Transition St Albans and Friends of the Earth.

This is a great opportunity to make a real difference to the environmental sustainability of your community, engaging and uniting people with this important issue.If it’s not right for you, please tell your friends & networks.  We can’t afford newspaper adverts, so we need your help to share this!

 

Environment Issues -Fringe Event St Albans Lit Fest

Wed 6th July 8pm

Fringe Event of St Albans Lit Fest

Venue: the fabulous Yurt in the garden of The Blacksmiths Arms, AL1 3HG

Join us for a fascinating discussion around environmental issues, power and gender raised by the articles in the book ‘Why Women Will Save The Planet’. Woman or not, come along to hear a refreshing debate!

Click here for info and to book your place

Inequality of income, opportunity and ability to participate often correlate and lead to the least well-off being hit hardest by pollution and environmental impacts. People with power are more able to influence things that affect them. Those without are least able to demand that things are done differently.

‘ Why Women Will Save The Planet’ –  published by Friends of the Earth – Panel discussion – in the fabulous yurt in the garden of The Blacksmiths Arms, St Peter’s St, AL1 3HG Tickets are £3. It’s a lovely, intimate venue and places are limited, so we advise you to book click here.

We have invited the editor, Jenny Hawley, and one of the contributors, Kate Metcalf from The Womens Environmental Network, to head the panel. They will talk about the inspiration behind the book and some of the unexpected discoveries.

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Open Food Garden Sun 3 July

Wheathampstead is the setting for this weekend’s Open Food Garden – and the gardeners are working hard to present a beautiful space for you to enjoy on Sunday. We hope you can come along and join us – drop-in anytime between 3-5pm. Whether you are an experienced food gardener, or a beginner, there is sure to be something for you to enjoy!

30, Gustard Wood (off The Slype), Wheathampstead, AL4 8RR

Map and Directions click here

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This well-established garden, in a semi-rural location just north of Wheathampstead, is opening for the first time as part of the Open Food Garden programme.

The vegetables include runner beans, courgettes, brussels sprouts, swedes, cabbages, purple sprouting broccoli, carrots, asparagus, yellow patty pan (squash), potatoes and aubergines.

Both cooking and eating apples are grown, also raspberries and a grape vine. Several different herbs are to be found. Tomatoes, red pepper and aubergines are grown in the greenhouse.

The owners also keep a small number of chickens.

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Bring a friend!

To read more about this garden click here for Open Food Garden web page

Parking is possible in the cul-de-sac; bikes can be left in the drive.Wheelchair access would be possible to the rear garden, though there is grass and some uneven paving stones. No dogs please except guide dogs.

Suggested donation of £2.00 for over 16s; all proceeds go to TSA funds.

Open Food Garden No. 3: Sun 3rd July

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This summer’s Open FoodGarden programme is the biggest yet! With over seven gardens from May to September there is so much to see and explore.

Next Open Food Garden

Sun 3rd July

30, Gustard Wood (off The Slype), Wheathampstead, AL4 8RR

Drop in any time between 3-5pm

Click here to read more about this well-established garden, with fruit, vegetables, a greenhouse and chickens!


AbbeyViewgroupOur local gardeners have been preparing and tending their food gardens at home, getting ready for visitors. They do it because they are passionate about growing food, and want to help inspire others to grow food at home.

There are a variety of gardens, big and small with inspiration for your garden design, and tips and advice on food growing challenges. Whether it’s snails and slugs, the make-up of your soil, or how to prune those raspberry plants you’re bound to find your answer at one of these Open

FoodGarden events. Many gardeners have compost and water-saving devices, and two or three keep chickens this year.

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Discover growing your own!

Whether you want some advice on growing, or are curious to see how others do it, or maybe you would just like to enjoy an hour or so wandering around one of these lovely gardens – make sure you come along to at least one of our seven events!

Click here to see the full Open Food Garden Summer Programme