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Greening for ice creams

Posted by Avant Gardening on April 15, 2014

As the launch of our new project, Operation Deep Freeze (ODF), looms ever nearer things are getting busier for the various Avant-Gardeners and the side projects that are being developed to support our delivery of ODF.  One of the aims of ODF, (alongside the production of excitingly different new ice cream flavours!) was to begin linking the community led green ... Continue reading »


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We work with all members of the local community to improve the natural environment. It is a place where local people of all ages can come and learn about the plant and insect life on our doorstep in Dulwich and Southwark, based on the simple fact that the more you know about the environment, the more you will care for it. We have constructed the first parts of our evolution garden, showing the development of plants throughout their history. This includes the pond with aquatic plants and three terraces that are yet to be planted. We also have a second hand bookshop, which acts as a community hub. Check out our website and facebook page for the latest events:

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Make your own seed and cutting compost session held

At our regular gardening session today, we held a workshop on making your own seed and cutting compost. We sowed beans, climbing courgette, chili's, tomatoes and basil and took geranium (pelargonium) cuttings. We are running an experiment to compare our home-made mixture with special bought seed and cutting compost. For our own mixture we used:coir (from a soaked coir brick) 5 partssand: 1 part100g bonemeal to a bucket of the coir and sand mixtureWe had some leafmould made 18 months ago from a mixture of cherry and ginka tree leaves from near St Stephens church, but this was not yet sufficiently broken down to use, though it might have been ok if we had had time to sieve it.We discussed the possibility of not adding any fertilizer and using a liquid feed as soon as the seeds germinated or cuttings rooted. We are making liquid feed with nettles in a bottle of water.See the notes for the session below:.Making your own seed and cutting compost (Word file)Making your own seed and cutting compost (Pdf file) 

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