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Hither Green: Spread the word! SeedSwap Sunday is coming.

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on January 22, 2014 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Time/ Date: 6pm Sunday 23 February

Venue: The Station Hotel in Hither Green SE13 5NB.

Bring some seeds to swap and it's all FREE- though you'll have to get your own drinks in!


Are you considering growing Italian tomatoes for the first time?

Or do you want to grow your own golden sweetcorn and salad potatoes?

Would you like to grab handfuls of home grown coriander, parsley and basil?


Then come and swap seeds with veggie veterans and first time growers.

Twitter: @GolightlyGarden and @LewishamGarden

Free Sunflowers for National Gardening Week, 14-20 April.

Posted by Jenny on January 8, 2014 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

The forecast is sunny for National Gardening Week as half a million sunflower seeds will be sown by gardening groups across Britain.


The ‘Growing for Gold’ theme celebrates 50 years of the community gardening campaign Britain in Bloom, which is run by the RHS.


The sunflower seeds are set to be sown during National Gardening Week, which runs from April 14 to 21. Pollinator-friendly varieties to be grown include the Giant Single, the Moonwalker, Taiyo and Vanilla Ice, all provided for free by the RHS.

Register with the RHS Community Horticulture team by emailing [email protected] or phone 020 7821 306.

Apply for your free sunflower seeds:  https//

Sowing wildflower Meadows

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on November 11, 2013 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Photo - Lewisham Gardens

I've had a few enquiries last week about sowing meadows- and another this afternoon.

Many people have been moved to mark the centenary of the start of the Great War next year by sowing small patches of red field poppies or flanders poppies. It's a quiet, dignified memorial which will appropriately and meaningfully commemorate the fragility of human life.

For instructions of how to make a wildflower meadow (and a list of seed suppliers.)

The Big Sunflower Project Is your group interested in growing FREE sunflowers?

Posted by Jenny on May 16, 2013 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Schools, churches, youth groups and community groups are being asked to grow sunflowers!

This is a project by to raise awareness of centronuclear and myotubular myopathy.

To obtain your sunflower seeds, please email [email protected] with your name and address with the subject line 'The Big Sunflower Project'.

Get planting

Sunflower seeds can be planted anytime from March - June. They like to be kept moist and enjoy lots of sun. We hope everyone will have fun growing their sunflowers and look forward to seeing and sharing the varied and colourful results of everyone's work later in the year.

The project organisers are encouraging everyone who takes part to post their progress and photos to their Facebook and Flickr pages." target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Visit The Big Sunflower Project on Facebook

The Big Sunflower Project 2013 on Flickr

Photo by Colin Krumblez of

Hither Green: Open session at StMungos- this SUN 11am -1pm.

Posted by Nick on April 3, 2013 at 12:35 PM Comments comments (0)

 You are welcome to join us in the St Mungo's Kitchen Garden.

We are planting some more vegetables in the main garden and tackling more of the urban meadow / praire garden in the central courtyard.

Sorry no under18s on  site please. Map.

Free wildflower seeds from the co-op

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on April 26, 2012 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (1)

The Co-op are offering free packs of wildflower seeds to gardeners to encouarage more food and habitats for the wonderful and industrious British bee!  It you applied for the Friends of the Earth seeds, they should be arriving in the next few days if they haven't aready. Click to apply. 

Seeds Give-away for Children's Groups

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on April 2, 2012 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (1)

Grow and Learn & Dig This Nursery present: "Happy Seeds"

Grow and Learn is an exciting new partnership project that brings together two local growing businesses to join forces and provide an opportunity for school children, young people and adults to learn about wildlife and nature.

The Grow and Learn project is open to schools, nurseries, in school and after school clubs, charities, and all other organisations serving the community. The project will extend to other activity groups and to local disadvantaged or disabled groups of young people and adults.

Help Your Garden to Flourish

As an incentive for local organisations to get involved, Dig This will supply a free Starter Pack of plants, vegetables and seeds for those taking part. As a team we will additionally provide our expertise to help plan and plant them. We can provide tips and advice on maintaining them and help them flourish in order the participants learn about how they grow.

If required, we can put into place and help with a longer term gardening strategy providing both support and gardening materials. This may extend to setting up or providing resource and help for an after school gardening and wildlife activity club

Phone: 0845 604 4921

E-Mail: [email protected]

Form: Complete Our Online Form


Spring duties continue... lasagne pots and transplanting perennials

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on March 31, 2012 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Ive been in the garden for most of the day, took a while to acclimatise to the chilly wind. Where did the sun go?

My Garden is on a corner plot and depending on where Im working, Im either in a wind tunnel, or quite sheltered.  Every so often Im blasted with a chilling wind.  Not pleasant,  but I already feel like Im behind in my Spring prep.

Im bone tired! Im trying to work out if I can urge myself to one further exertion to get the foot spa from the cupboard under the stairs.

I wonder if you can think your feet into a more easy, relaxed state? Refloxology by meditation... 

What I did today:- Potted up more rooted cuttings- this time passion flower (passiflora caerulea), jasmine beesanium and jasmine officinale. They will be nice and big in time for smmer fete season.

I planted some Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia, pic below) in the main garden, in the hope this summer it will form a lovely drift of soft purple colour.

Russian sage- (Perovskia atriplicifolia)

I sowed more verbena bonariensis and gnashed my teeth at discovering a bag of allium christophii bulbs that I had somehow over looked in the autumn.  Ive popped them in, more in hope than expectation that they wil get around to flowerng this year :roll:. 

I had bought several dozen alliums in a variety pack beack in September, and planted them up lasagne layer style with a pale cream tulip whose name  I cant remember atm, along with dark purple Queen of the night tulips and dark red anenomes.  

This was my first time using the lasgne method- I thought I would give it a try as it makes for a much longer season of interest. I used three packs of bulbs per pot.  The tulips have come through nicely. 

Diagram: The lasagne method of planting bulbs in pots.


The anenome foilage alarmed me last October by coming though almost immediately after planting. I was forced to placed all six of my pots in a makeshift cold frame for protection. But thankfully everything is looking good, and the tall graceful tulips have begun to flower well.




I moved my lavendula hidcote, it was in the way of my re shaped lawn edging. A nice big patch of ox-eye daisies got slice in half to make room for the new brockwork. Ive heeled them in over in the vegpatch for now.


Planted out some salvia sown from seed, which Im hoping are purple or blue rather than red.

I also planted out some more aquilegia black barlow which I got from Jeanette a local gardener at last years Hither Green Week plant swap. 

I cooed at my agapathus- again grown from seed- its looking very well having put up a lot of foliage so far this spring.

Im hoping they will flower this year. I have been nursing them for 3 years now and its about time they repayed the investment! FREE Seeds for a blog post!

Posted by Philip on March 29, 2012 at 3:30 AM Comments comments (2)


What do you need to do to be sent free seeds.


1. Like the YouFarm Facebook page (link above) so that we can keep you updated.


2. Submit your vegetable growing article to the website, and we will send you free seeds, its as simple as that.


Each article must be at least 250 words and original content written by yourself.


We ask that articles are about ONE specific fruit or vegetable , growing method or problem and help other users with their growing.

All you need to do is register on


Then you can login and add your article, When your article is approved we will then be in contact about your free seeds.

Why not submit a post you have written on here?  You can use the seeds yourself or donate them to your local school garden.