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The Edible High Road Forest Hill & Honor Oak Park- Chelsea Fringe 2013

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on April 26, 2013 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

You may have noticed us tweeting about Chelsea fronge over the past month!

Together with The Forest Hill Society, Lewisham Gardens is putting on a fantastica and fun event for the second Chelsea Fringe festival. 

For the 3 weeks of The Fringe Festival -May 18-9 June- Forest Hill and Honor Oak Park are being transformed into urban orchards hence the 'Edible High Road!'

Shops and businesses throughout SE23 are hosting a massive 70 fruit trees which visitors and shopprs can explore over the three weeks using our beautiful Trail Map!

The event  will be launched by Matthew Wilson 'The Landscape Man': garden designer & writer and Gardeners' Question Time panellist. Time/ Date: 2pm on Saturday 18 May at Forest Hill Station forecourt.

There will be free seeds and seedlings and free tours of Albion Millennium Green the local community orchard.

50 businesses including Sainsburys, Canvas and Cream, Stag and Bow and The Horniman  will be hosting 70  treees. 

The Edibible HIgh Road has been kindly sponsored by Shannon's Garden Centre and Winkworths Estate Agents.

Catford Bridge Tavern Re-Opening Tomorrow- good news for gardeners?

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on February 29, 2012 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Ive been checking thegrowing Lewisham Gardens Twitter Feed this evening and noticed that the highly anticpated opening of the rebranded Catford Bridge Tavern (Facebook Page) takes place tomorrow! AnticPubs took over the erstwhile Copperfield Pub last year, and no doubt they hope to benefit from the footfall of weary communters trudging home from the Catford Train Stations!

I do encourage everyone to go along at some point to support this new local business. I can vouch for the full renovation- I saw the floors being sanded as I walked past earlier this month, and they were coming up a treat! 

Anyway- the real reason Im talking about about the new pub is the above photo! The manager of the pub tweeted this picture of spent hops from a brewery day in Essex.

Ever on the hunt for new sources of compost, I tweeted back asking about the spent hops and got the following reply:

AnticPubs (the new owners) are planning their own brewery! Yay! While the real ale lovers of Lewisham will be delighted for obvious reasons, local gardeners could be hopping with joy  (sorry, couldnt resist!) for another reason! A new brewery could potentially mean a supply of spent hops in the area, providing of course some very lucky pigs dont get to them first!  

Spent hops as soil conditioner.

Obviously, its a plant based by-product of the brewing industry, but it is also highly prized as soil conditioner. Spent hops opens up heavy clay (very much Lewisham's main soil type); it can either be dug in or spread across  the surface of the soil. It bulks up sandy soils and improves water retention.

Spent hops in the compost.

Spent hops can be composted but it is not really necessary. It is high in nitrogen, and so to keep the carbon/ nitogen levels in balance, I would also add lots of cardboard, paper and brown garden material to composting hops.

Spent hops used as mulch. 

If you were going to use it fresh as a mulch- it rots down beautifully, especially around newly planted fruit trees and bushes. If they are still wet when you come to use them, keep  away from stems and leaves to avoid scorching. 

Potential down sides

Keeping the dog in for a day or two. There is reported slight concern about the potential effect of fresh hops when eaten in large amounts by dogs. And of course there is a smell of stale beer for a few days to deal with! 

Wormery available for collection

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on February 27, 2012 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Squiggly Worms

Professional Gardener and blogger Ruth Robinson  is offering a free wormery for collection by a community garden. 

If you know of a project who would like it, please email Ruth- I suggest you dont let the grass grow under  your feet! Its bound to be snapped up quickly.