Monday 12 February, 13:30 – 15:30 Suitable for ages 4 – 10, £4 per child A fun workshop with SE Essex Organic Gardeners …. plant your own potatoes and make your own mini pizza garden to take home! Ensure children are dressed in old clothes as they may get mucky.  Please bring a large bag to take away items at the end.  Parental supervision required at all times.  Tickets must be booked and paid for in advance. Booked tickets will only be held for 3 days. Leigh Community Centre, 71/73 Elm Road, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 1SP enquiries at leighcommunitycentre.com 01702 477248 http://www.leighcommunitycentre.com/ https://www.facebook.com/leighcommunitycentre/ … [Read more…]

Wassailing in St Laurence Orchard: Sunday 28 January, 14:00 – 15:30

By popular demand, Trust Links are moving Wassailing to Sunday 28 January at 14:00-15:30 at St Laurence Orchard.   Come and wake the trees up for the Spring in historic St Laurence Orchard, located in Eastwoodbury Lane (at the junction with St. Laurence Way), Southend-on-Sea, SS2 6UY.   Sample the spiced apple juice, join in the traditional folk music and celebrate the new year in style!   Free entry   Donations to local charity Trust Links welcome. http://www.trustlinks.org/donate   Trust Links manage St Laurence Orchard throughout the year for the benefit of wildlife and local people.   For more information, please ring 01702 213 134. … [Read more…]

Potato blight

Symptoms: One of the commonest potato diseases. Dark brown blotches that are often surrounded by a yellow halo that quickly spreads to rot the whole leaf. Leaves quickly become wet and rotten. Prevention and/or cure: Often spread by infected tubers being left to sprout on compost heaps. Warm, wet and still weather causes a rapid spread. Dry weather can halt the disease, so it’s worth removing the first few infected plants. Cut off the potato tops (haulms) and burn them. Don’t harvest any tubers for 3 weeks; this allows the skin to set. If you notice potatoes almost at the soil surface, mulch the rows with leaves or straw, or even cover with more soil, to prevent the tubers going green – which renders them inedible. Where blight is a regular problem, you can reduce its effects by growing more resistant varieties, using deep ridges to allow the blight to be washed off by rain, or by growing early varieties which should give a decent crop before blight strikes. See here for more information on potato blight. What is it?: Scab Symptoms: Unsightly brown marks on the tubers, but potatoes can be peeled and eaten. Prevention and/or cure: More common on dry soil and those that are more alkaline. Grow resistant varieties, use certified seed, improve the water holding capacity of the soil and never add lime before a potato crop. Credit: Garden Organic – https://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/pests-and-diseases#potato NB: See SE Essex Seed Potato Day – http://seeog.org.uk/2017/10/se-essex-seed-potato-day-saturday-24-february-2018-1000-to-1400/ … [Read more…]

South East Essex Seed Share 2018!

South East Essex Organic Gardeners in partnership with Trust Links and Southend in Transition SATURDAY, 24th FEBRUARY 10:00 -14:00 GROWING TOGETHER WESTCLIFF 47 Fairfax Drive, Southend SS0 9AG (corner of Fairfax Drive and Prittlewell Chase) Admission FREE –  Refreshments and much more Take some freebies home. Bring your seeds to swap or donate to our seed bank. Get surprised by new and old varieties! Preserve diversity! Questions? Call Kamil 07411 457 259 … [Read more…]