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Edible Gardens on That’s Oxford

August 29th, 2015

Got into the garden yet?

February 13th, 2014

Between the floods still clustering along the Windrush, and the sleet hanging menacingly in the air, you might not feel ready to begin a season’s gardening. But, trust me: spring is just round the corner. If you’re thinking of growing your own this year or even next, then a few small jobs completed in the next month or two could reap big rewards.

If you’ve got an allotment, you probably already have a list of tasks as long as your arm that you know your have to tackle. There are plenty of non-growing tasks, although the local garden centres (usually so keen to hurry onto the next season) don’t have much in the way of spring supplies in yet: trust me, I’ve tried! But you can also already start planting hardy veg like carrots, and broad beans, and even kick off your leafy greens, tomatoes and herbs indoors: have a look at sites like whatcaniplantnow.com for more ideas, and don’t forget that past editions of Gardeners Question Time are available in perpetuity!

If you don’t have an allotment, or indeed much existing space to grow your own, you’ve still got time to build a square-metre raised bed from waste wood (the best garden investment I ever made.) And if that doesn’t suit, then Edible Gardens meet every second Monday of each month in the coffee bar of the Methodist Church on the High Street. They’re a local group who aim to help bring grow-your-own to everyone, with a public veg bed project in the town centre alongside the flowers, and plenty off ideas about how you might, say, share growing space with someone, in return for helping out with digging….

Finally, don’t forget that this Saturday is the pre-season volunteer open day at Cogges. Along with 2014’s first volunteer-run “Big Dig” in the Victorian kitchen garden, there’ll also be an opportunity to chat to existing volunteers from all areas of the farm museum. There’s no better way to learn gardener’s lore or essential skills than by actually gardening, alongside other gardeners, and hearing what they have to say. When you do decide to take the leap and grow your own, a stint helping out at Cogges might give you the edge in that first season!

After all, they might say the best gardening is done with pen and paper in the kitchen; but surely the best result is to have managed, all by yourself, to put food on your plate for next to nothing. 2014 could be your year for doing just that.

Edible Gardens June meeting: this Thursday

June 9th, 2013

Edible Gardens are meeting this Thursday, 13 June, 1.30-3.00pm, in the coffee bar at the Methodist church. They’ll be discussing the recent success of their planting vegetable around Witney town centre (see the Witney Gazette article here!) And if you’ve any spare plants for the raised beds – for example, some members have mentioned sorrel and cabbages – then do bring them along!

Want to help Edible Gardens do some urban planting this Thursday?

May 21st, 2013

Edible Gardens have got permission to plant up the raised beds at the end of Welch Way, and they’re planning to do so this Thursday (May 23) from 10.30am.

If you’d like to help out, feel free to email Brenda or just turn up!

Wanted: volunteers to help Edible Gardens prepare

March 24th, 2013

Can you help? In advance of their great free workshop on Thursday 18 April at the primary school on Hailey Road, Edible Gardens need volunteers to help dig over the veg bed, in readiness for planting pots and carrots etc.

The current plan is to go to the school on Thursday 4 April, when the site will be accessible from 10am. If you’re available to help out, you should email Brenda Woods on brenda.woods@ntlworld.com and she’d be happy to sign you up for digging duty!

(If you can’t volunteer, but you’d like to find out more about growing your own, then that’s fine – you can still “help out” by signing up to the free workshop: that way, you’re helping out with “the more, the merrier”!)

Edible Gardens’ Grow Your Own Veg: workshop in April

March 24th, 2013

Edible Gardens are running a free workshop to help you get started with growing your own veg, on Thursday 18 April, 3.15 – 4.30pm at Witney Community Primary School, Hailey Road. Although it’s free you should book your place before Monday 8 April.

Once you’re booked on the workshop, you’ll find out how to grow food to eat this year: you can

  • sow some seeds to grow your own beans, beetroot, courgettes and peas
  • start off salad leaves
  • pot up tomato seedlings
  • learn how to grow spuds and carrots
  • get some ideas about cooking what you grow
  • ask questions and we’ll try to answer them

and take away all you’ve done free of charge!

To book by Monday 8 April, fill in this form and then you can either:

  • Email it to act@cottsway.co.uk
  • Print it and post it to The Active Communities Team, Cottsway House, Heynes Place, Avenue Two, Witney, OX28 4YG
  • or call 0800 8 766 366

If you need more information or have any queries, then get in touch with the Active Communities Team at Cottsway via email or ring them free of charge on the number above.

Join Edible Gardens on March 19 to discuss April event

March 9th, 2013

Edible Gardens are meeting on Tuesday 19 March [edit: date changed]: why not join them? This is an especially exciting meeting, as they’re planning their workshop, at Hailey Road Primary School on Thursday 18 April., 3.15 – 4.30pm

The idea is that at the workshop local gardeners will help people to sow seeds, pot on seedlings and plant out chitted potatoes, etc. And it looks like it’s going to be a great success: several local companies are already getting involved: donating seeds, compost and seed trays.

If you can’t help out, then do come to the event itself: more information here closer to the time! And if you’re interested, feel free to get in touch with Brenda of Edible Gardens directly.

Edible Gardens March meeting

February 20th, 2013

The Edible Gardens group will meet on Tuesday 19 March [edit: date changed], 10:30am at 6 Spring Close.

This meeting will cover the exciting new developments in the group: they’re organizing a workshop on ‘Grow your own veg: getting started’ at Hailey Road Primary school, provisionally planned for 3 – 4:30pm, Thursday 18th April. More information closer to the time, and come along in March if you’d like to help in April!

March’s meeting is the last one at 10:30: in May, meetings will move to Thursday 1:30 – 3pm, to make it easier for those picking up children from school.

February gardening events: Cogges and Edible Gardens

January 30th, 2013

They say that the best winter gardening is done by a fireside with a big mug of tea, and a pen and paper. While it’s up to each individual gardener to follow that route in their spare time, I propose that the next-best winter gardening is done by chatting and learning new skills with fellow amateur gardeners. And in Witney there are two opportunities to do that very thing in February!

First on the calendar is the local Edible Gardens group, who are meeting on 12 February. This group helps support people who: want to start using some or all of their garden space for food; are looking for spare land or someone to help them grow on the land they already have; or are just interested in sharing tips and advice about growing your own food.

The weekend after that, the farm and manor house at Cogges is opening early for a volunteer open day, on 16 February. On the same day is 2013’s first Big Dig, where volunteers all help out to plan out, and start digging on, the fine Victorian walled garden. If you’re interested in helping out at Cogges, and especially if you’d trade a couple of hours’ hard work for a share of the wisdom of all the other volunteer gardeners, then you should definitely come along.

(And if you still want that warming mug of tea to go with your winter gardening, I dare say both of these events can provide…!)

Edible Gardens meeting

January 30th, 2013

The Edible Gardens group are meeting in Witney centre on Tuesday 12th Feb, at 10.30am. Wmail Brenda at brenda.woods@ntlworld.com, or give her a ring on 01993 700715, if you’d like to attend.

They meet the second Tuesday of every month. More information on the Edible Gardens website.

Edible Gardens, Tuesday 11 September

September 4th, 2012

The Edible Gardens group are meeting at Cogges on Tuesday 11 September, 10.30am–12 noon.

They meet regularly on the second Tuesday of every month. More information on the Edible Gardens website.

Edible Gardens meet Tuesday 14 August

August 5th, 2012

This is just a quick reminder that the Edible Gardens group will be meeting on Tuesday 14 August, at 10.30am-12 noon. They meet at Cogges on the second Tuesday of every month.

Edible Gardens August meeting

August 5th, 2012

The Edible Gardens group are meeting at Cogges on Tuesday 14 August.

They meet the second Tuesday of every month. More information on the Edible Gardens website.

Edible Gardens meet tomorrow, Tuesday 10 July

July 9th, 2012

This is just a quick reminder that the Edible Gardens group will be meeting tomorrow, Tuesday 10 July, at 10.30am-12 noon. They meet at Cogges on the second Tuesday of every month.

Edible Gardens July meeting

July 9th, 2012

The Edible Gardens group are meeting at Cogges on Tuesday 10 July.

They meet the second Tuesday of every month. More information on the Edible Gardens website.