Seed Harvesting and Bird Feeder Making

‘Harvest event is a day of education for youngsters at Leigh Community Centre’ – further photos… October half-term activity at Leigh Community Centre on Thursday 26 October hosted by SEEOG members Jane Ponton and Sharon Dejean. Text and photographs courtesy of the Evening Echo, Monday 30 October … [Read more…]

SiT Community Allotment Taster Day: Sunday 5 November, 10:00 – 15:00, Bonfire Edition

Southend in Transition Community Allotment (entrance to allotments off Hamstel Road – Garon’s end – opposite fish and chips Plaice to Be)   Where you can learn how to grow food, look after your garden, take fresh produce home, meet new people over a shared meal and exchange ideas on how to help the community thrive.   Taster Days – Volunteers and public welcome Sun 5/11 10-15 Bonfire with a vegan/vegetarian fry up breakfast 🍳 for lunch! Bubble and squeak, veg sausages, bean stew, home made bread 🍞, mushrooms, 🍳 … 🔥 hot chocolate🍫 Does it get any better than this?! Open to all, whether you feel you have green fingers or just fancy a cuppa and chat… We love to drink tea and chat, actually we love to eat too 🍲 hence the “fancy” lunch straight from the fire! Potluck lunch so please bring vegetarian food to share, if you don’t happen to slave all night cooking, don’t worry, we always have plenty! Ohh and don’t forget the marshmallows! Might do some gardening as well. Lunch 12:30 Sun 26/11 10-14 Gardening. Strawberries potting up, filling raised beds with soil, seed saving. 11:30 tea and short tour of the plots 13:00 lunch Come in anytime for a cup of tea.   … [Read more…]

Would you like some established oak trees, between 2ft and 7ft? They are free – but you may need to do a little hard graft………

SEEOG member Tim Cummings purchased 2 acres of organic land in Cray’s Hill, near Basildon. Tim has cleared about an acre but there’s another acre still to clear. However, there’s a little problem: the land is covered with  around a hundred oak saplings ranging in height from about 2ft to 7ft, probably courtesy of the jays. Tim is happy for anyone to have the little oak trees, especially if they are going to be planted, but you would need to dig them out yourselves. A nice little project for a winter day maybe? For more information, contact Tim initially via email: timothycummins@msn.com … [Read more…]

Hugel-Culture

Simon’s Hugel bed is now home to potatoes, spinach, kale, garlic, beetroot, broadbeans and radish, with some rocket just added into the mix. His Lasagne bed is now cropping early curly kale, cabbage and lettuce – all snug under anti-pest “tent” netting – weighed down at the edges with pruned (dead) olive wood and a frame made from Arundo Donax (reed). Tomatoes survived three days of Force 7 Northerly winds and the olla pot system on the straw bales is proving an effective low effort watering method. Globe Artichokes bed dug ready for planting and the “curved” bean bed now in place. Robins and Redstarts are now regular visitors to the plot, along with honey bees from his neighbour’s hives looking for water. … [Read more…]