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Forest Hill Food Fair

Posted by Floss on April 18, 2012 at 3:55 AM Comments comments (2)


This Sunday (22nd April), the Forest Hill Society will be holding a Food Fair at Forest Hill station from 10am - 4pm.

 Food stalls:

  •  Franklins- Fresh Delicacies, English Cheeses
  •  The Egg Boss - Handmade Scotch eggs

  • Pimento Hill- Award winning Chutneys, Caribbean Sauces and Spices
  • BreadBread -Artisan Bread
  • The Forest Hill Cake Company - Delicious Cakes

  • On The Hoof Coffee Bar 
  • Fleisch the caterers
  • Hills & Parkes - home baked pie & tartlets
  •  Mridula’s Indian Kitchen

 The majority of the stall holders live locally and are trying the waters out here to see what demand is like. Please come along and show your support.

 Once you have made your purchases, why not try a local restaurant? 

  • The Black Hummingbird,
  • India Gate,
  • Canvas & Cream, Sylvan Post, Question Bar,
  • Dartmouth Tandoori
  • All Inn One

 These restaurants are all running special taster dishes for £1 - £2. The Dartmouth Arms will also be offering free nibbles.

 Finally, Sugar Mountain will be selling their sweets at the special rate of £1/100g

Rather posh container gardening

Posted by Prithi on April 6, 2012 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (2)

I subscribed to the rather wonderful UrbanGardens after reading a link here a few days ago.  

And for the past four days mad, beautiful and innovative things have been landing in my inbox. Nothing is priced, so Im assuming its more for inspiration than for actual shopping!

Here's a couple of things that caught my eye:

The Floating Garden


"These Hanging Flower Pots are not only functional but also an aesthetic contemporary item of your home. The perfect balance is provided by the combination of the feminine shapes and masculine materials in one minimalistic design."

The Ultimate High Rise Window Box!

When space is at a premium, necessity becomes the mother of invention: this hanging urban garden uses the air space outside a window.
For urban gardeners and farmers without land, terraces, or balconies, Paris-based design/ architecture firm Barreau & Charbonnet reinterprets the hanging … Read More on Urban Gardens...

Barreeau & Charbonnet  have a lovely urban design site

All-in-One Garden Seat, Planter, and Obelisk

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on March 21, 2012 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (3)

What do you think? Lewisham Gardens has been sent details of this  garden seat and planter- its rather splendid isnt it?! 

Id be intersted if the curved seat was large enough to fit around  a tree. 

Here's the PR gumph:

For a small courtyard garden, patio, rooftop, terrace, or balcony, Moore Designs’s galvanized half-round seating set functions as three things at once.

 Read more

Telegraph Hill Festival- Plant Swap: Sat 24 March

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on March 20, 2012 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (3)

The Telegraph Hill Centre of Kitto Road SE14 5TY, (Click here for Map ) is  running a plant exchange as part of this month's Telgraph Hill Festival.


The  Back Garden Plant Swap takes place on Saturday 24 March 2-4pm

Calling all Gardeners! Exchange a cutting or seedling with fellow gardeners &  share gardening tips

Entrance fee, donate a plant to the Centre. Make sure you label each plant- (common names ok)

'Japanese knot weed or similar' not wanted'

If you do not know what it is please don't bring it!


The Centre's back garden is low/no maintenance; we need:

  • drought tolerant plants who like sunshine,
  • ground cover plants to suppress weeds,
  • climbers for scent,
  • cover and food (wildlife and people).


We are also looking for volunteers to join the Telegraph Hill Centre Gardeners.

To help us build and plant 2 raised beds or if you want to help with the  Plant Swap

 contact Jane: 020 7639 0214  or email: [email protected]

Many thanks


The Festival runs from Thursday 15 March - Sunday 1 April 2012

Chelsea Fringe - Registration Open for Exciting New Festival in London this May

Posted by Chrissie on March 19, 2012 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Just wanted to make everyone aware of a fantastic three week festival starting in May called Chelsea Fringe.

It's a brand new initiative which is entirely volunteer run, and aims to harness all the excitement and energy generated around gardens and gardening at this time of year. Independent of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (although acting with it's full support), the festival aims to bring the show out of it's show ground and into the wider arena of the City of London. The festival has been designed to bring all the best bits of the show to peoples doorstep's.

Various projects are already confirmed and ready to go. These vary from community based projects to art installations, open gardens to walks and talks. Anything goes as long as they are based around gardens, landscapes and plants. It is expected that most projects will have free admission, though some may be ticketed, but all information can be found on the official Chelsea Fringe website. An example of a few projects already signed up are:


  • Daily tours of Kew's 'Dark Underbelly'
  • The 'Edible Olympics' in Spitalfields City Farm
  • Guerilla Gardening in the form of a 'Pimp Your Pavement' initiative
  • National Garden Scheme London garden open evenings
  • The 'Edible High Road' in Chiswick
  • Plus already 20 community gardens and city gardens running open days which are dotted all over London.


The Fringe is running from the 19th May to 10th June. Registration has just been opened, so if any of you Project Dirters have a project running that you think could fall under the Chelsea Fringe umbrella, however big or small, then please feel free to look up the website and fill in the registration application form which is ready and raring to go. Projects that sign up early are rewarded with an Early Bird Registration Fee.

If you would like to see the full listing of confirmed initiatives, then please visit the website which will be constantly updated with the latest information.

Thank you!

Want to start your own local food business?

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on March 19, 2012 at 6:55 AM Comments comments (1)

Do you produce homemade jams, ice-creams, chutneys, smoked fish and cheeses? 

Do you give them away to work colleges, fetes and fairs?

Do you have a yearning to join the growing community of small food producers?

Want to start your own business?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you may be intersted in the new food fair market promotion in Lewisham. 

New traders needed for first ever local markets fortnight


Lewisham Council is calling all budding entrepreneurs to trade at its markets during the borough’s first ever local markets fortnight, which is set to run from Saturday 28 April to Saturday 12 May.


Local markets fortnight will celebrate the vibrancy and diversity of markets in Lewisham and local people will be encouraged to support local independent businesses in and around the borough’s three main street markets in Lewisham, Catford and Deptford High Street.


The Council wants to recruit up to 30 new and established traders to sell food, arts, crafts and second hand goods at a revitalised market at Catford Broadway during the weekend of Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 April and at Lewisham on Saturday 12 May. Subsidised stalls will be available, as well as business support and advice on trading.


To register your interest for a stall in Catford Broadway during the 28–29 April or Lewisham Market on 12 May contact 020 8314 2050 or email [email protected] by 30 March.


Markets Service

Wearside Service Centre, Wearside Road

SE13 7EZ

Tel: 020 8314 2050

Email: [email protected]

Sarah Raven March offers and Newsletter

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on March 14, 2012 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (1)

Here is Sarah Raven's March Newsletter.  Her stock is quality and really good value.  

While I almost always buy locally- Phoebe's and Shannon's - Sarah's nursery is one of the mail order places I use often. 


March Newsletter

With the arrival of spring there is lots to do in the garden in early march. Seed sowing really starts to get underway and you'll want to plant roses

and lift and divide perennial plants.

Tidy and Mend

Check your terracotta pots for frost damage. The hard winter may have damaged them, so check them over.

Sadly you can’t mend them, but you can break them down further and use them as crocks.

Shrubs and Trees

There’s nothing like the scent of shrub roses in the summer garden and even better when they are spectacular

climbers covering a fence or wall. Here’s how we recommend planting them:

Planting Roses

You can plant bare root roses in March but wait till there is no frost on the ground.

Or you can pot up your bare root roses into large pots to grow on and plant them into the garden almost any time –

as long as you keep them well watered.

* Soak the root in a bucket of water overnight.

* Dig a hole at least as deep and wide as a spade head.

* Fork the base of the hole over well to break up the soil and add a handful of all-round fertilizer (e.g. Blood, fish and bone or chicken manure pellets).

* Mound a small pile of soil - mixed with a little compost - in the centre of the hole to support the crown of the rose.

* Place the rose in the centre.

* Lay a bamboo cane across the top of the hole to make sure that the ‘union’ of the rose (ie the union between the root plant and the graft,

which looks like a knee) is slightly below soil level. If it isn’t, dig the hole more deeply. This is crucial. If the union is above soil level, you

promote the formation of suckers from the root material. These may then outgrow the grated rose on top.

* Fill in the hole with soil mixed with well rotted manure (or home-made compost).

* Firm down with your heel, mulch well and water.


Grow Your Own Flowers

March is the moment for sowing your undercover hardy annual seeds. If you have a greenhouse, windowsill or conservatory you can sow nearly everything in our hardy annual seed range. The bestselling and favourite Ammi majus is a must. It has wonderful lacy, white flowers, like a more delicate form of cow parsley. It’s the best white filler foliage you can grow and is spectacular arranged in a vase on its own.

You can sow some half-hardy annuals too, but wait until the middle of the month when the light levels are better and the nights are less cold.

Grow Your Own Veg and Salad


At last you can get going on your veg. It’s so exciting, especially if you love sowing seeds and messing about in the potting shed or greenhouse. Varieties to sow now include borlotti beans, broad beans (sow direct outside), Brussels sprouts, cabbages, courgettes, French beans, leeks, squashes and tomatoes.

Cover soil with plastic to dry it out, then direct sow carrots, parsnips and radishes.


If you want to get going with some salad, sow now undercover or in gutters in your greenhouse or conservatory, Corn Salad, Rainbow chard, Mizuna, Rocket, Winter Purslane and Mustard and plenty of Lettuces.


Direct sow Chervil, Chives, Coriander or sow Dill, Fennel and French Sorrel under cover.


Harvesting Flowers – Lovely things to pick and arrange from your garden in March

Bulbs: Narcissi, grape hyacinths, hyacinths, early tulips e.g. Purissima, plus freesias and anemones under cover

Hardy annuals: Euphorbia oblongata and by the end of the month, cerinthe and schizanthus (inside)

Biennials: honesty and wallflowers

Perennials: artichoke leaves, hellebores and polyanthus, plus alstroemerias (under cover).


Contact: Sarah Raven's Kitchen & Garden Limited

1 Woodstock Court, Blenheim Road, Marlborough, SN8 4AN

Telephone 0845 092 0283

SPECIAL OFFER: Festival of Primroses! Festival of Primroses!

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on March 2, 2012 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Phoebes Garden Centre - Penerley Road, Catford, , , London SE6 2LQ - Tel: 0208 6984365

In this week's Phoebes mailing there are special offers on Primulas- their Plant of the Week

My own primroses are up and cheering up the garden. They would look charming in any outside space- even a window box. 

Phoebes have a BUY ONE GET ONE FREE offer valid until 15 March 2012.


" These stunning plants are one the best signs of the coming spring! They flower nice and early so you get some colour going in the garden, and they come in plenty of different colours! Great as a simple gift, but also when planted in bulk in pots and containers as well as in the borders."

To take advantage of the offer  click here to open the printable voucher sheet and then print it out (vouchers print in black and white only). Cut out your desired voucher and remember to take it with you to the garden centre and present it to the sales assistant the checkout when you are ready to pay. They will then apply appropriate discount/discounts on your chosen products.

Poundshop bargains!

Posted by Bizzy Bee on February 22, 2012 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (2)

My first blog ever! 

Its because I am pleased with myself tonight! On a whim, after I got off the train I popped into Catford town centre, but instead of buying a couple of Gu Chocolate Puds like I planned, I stopped by Poundland on impulse and went plum crazy picking up gardening bargains!

There is still a lot of stuff there if anyone is interested- lots of fruit bushes too. I bought a few packs of borlotti, Maris Piper and charlotte seed potatoes, and mixed packs of tomato varieties.

Plus onions- red and spring, packs of coriander and basil. Basically I went crazy filling baskets

I bought enough seed trays to replace my current tatty stock of yoghurt pots. I was so happy! Mixed salads, herbs, peppers, chillis and beetroot too.

You can keep your expensive shoes, give me 30 mins chosing between potato varieties.

Phoebes Garden Centre - Apprentice Landscaper Required

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on February 21, 2012 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)



Post/ Email applications to:

Aaron Francis

Phoebes Garden Centre, Penerley Road, London SE6 2LQ

Tel: 0208 6984365


Email: [email protected]




Closing date for applications is Tuesday 28th Feb 2012


Please ask a member of staff for an application form or it is available to download here from our web site