News from the Food4Families Gardens

Food4Families Base

12 May 2021 at Food4Families Base

We've just potted on these beautiful Japanese Parsley seedlings.

Food4Families Base

12 May 2021 at Food4Families Base

These cabbages have survived the winter and are now looking very healthy. We covered them in netting today to stop pigeons eating them!

Food4Families Base

5 May 2021 at Food4Families Base

We thought we would try growing some different edible plants this year. The achocha seedlings are doing well. Achocha has small, cucumber-like fruits that have a fresh flavour, a cross between a minty cucumber and a green pepper.
Food4Families Base

5 May 2021 at Food4Families Base

We are also growing "Yard Long Beans" - the name says it all!
Food4Families Base

28 April 2021 at Food4Families Base

The blossom on the crab apple tree at the Base is spectacular.

Food4Families Base

28 April 2021 at Food4Families Base

Today we planted out a mix of different varieties of lettuce and pak choi

Lavender Place

9 April 2021 at Lavender Place

The seedlings sown by the Scouts are beginning to arrive.

Food4Families Base

8 April 2021 at Food4Families Base

The perennial herbs are growing back - the young leaves of Salad Burnett are delicious added to salads.
Food4Families Base

8 April 2021 at Food4Families Base

The tangy-lemony leaves of Red Veined Sorrel can also be added to salads and the plants look attractive in the border as well.
Food4Families Base

8 April 2021 at Food4Families Base

The celery plants have survived the winter and can be harvested now.
Southcote GrowAllot

1 April 2021 at Southcote GrowAllot

Today we sowed carrots and flowers between the rows of garlic in the raised bed.

Food4Families Base

1 April 2021 at Food4Families Base

At the Base this week we transferred these tomato seedlings into individual pots so they have more space to grow. We call this pricking out.

Food4Families Base

1 April 2021 at Food4Families Base

This time of year is called the hungry gap is there is not much growing in the garden but with a bit of planning we can have some crops ready to fill the gap.

Here’s some rhubarb ready for picking!

Food4Families Base

1 April 2021 at Food4Families Base

This is purple sprouting broccoli which has been growing throughout the winter.

We harvested lots of it today and donated it to Whitley Community Development Hub along with the rhubarb and a carrier bag of salad leaves from the poly tunnel.

Lavender Place

28 March 2021 at Lavender Place

Doronicum Little Leo in bloom is a cheery sight early in the year.

Food4Families Base

24 March 2021 at Food4Families Base

These healthy looking salad leaves have spent the winter in the poly tunnel and are now ready to be harvested. The salad leaves will be going to our friends at Reading Red Kitchen.

Food4Families Base

24 March 2021 at Food4Families Base

These seeds were planted today - a wildflower mix for attracting wildlife into the garden and some Little Gem lettuces for planting in gaps around the garden.