The Big Glean + Chutney Machine

There were plenty of delicious bright red tomatoes in the garden this year, of all shapes and sizes. But as the evenings drew in and the record breaking, baking summer finally cooled off, ripening slowed, and for tomatoes was pretty much over. With a mild reprise even in mid November, ripening can continue, if slowly. But with this mild and often damp weather there is the increasing risk of late tomato blight spoiling those last pickings…

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Spring garden meet up and pizza firing

After one of the coldest and wettest Springs on record, optimistic Shrubland gardeners met up to survey the winter damage and plan their year ahead. There was a good sort out of the seed box, and liberal swapping of seedlings and plants between plot holders. After a long day, cheer was provided by a test firing of the community’s new wood fired pizza oven.

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Preserving vegetables

As part of the Capital Growth’s Urban Harvest, Shrubland community garden and kitchen held a preserving vegetable session in the garden. Residents led on different types of preserving. There was preserving in oil, by fermentation, in vinegar and heat.

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Pumpkin festival

Shrubland community garden and kitchen held a pumpkin festival to highlight all the delicious dishes we can make using pumpkins. So next time, you carve a pumpkin use the flesh … Read more

Gardener’s blog

After the driest winter for 20 years, April experienced half its average rainfall. It was cold too, especially at night. Things were slow to grow – it was as if … Read more

Kid’s after-school gardening club

There is now a free after-school gardening club starting up in the garden. Aimed at primary age children 5-12 years (-ish), it’s being organised by teacher and Shrubland Road resident … Read more

Peter cooks up a dream

give 'em another quick stir!

When Shrubland TRA treasurer Peter Jarvis set about his growbox early in spring 2016, he had a vision: onions, potatoes, leeks, celeriac, some fresh herbs, all grown in his growbox … Read more

Mayor visits Shrubland growboxes

The new Mayor of Hackney, Philip Glanville, dropped in to the growbox garden for an impromptu visit on a freezing January morning. Shrubland gardeners John, Marloes, Marjon and Peter were … Read more

Plant sales a great success

Shrubland Community Garden growers held a series of early-summer plant sales to raise funds for the garden, now entering its third summer. Over 20 varieties of edible veg, fruit, flowers … Read more

In memory of Charlie

In a ceremony attended by members of his family, friends and neighbours, the TRA installed a garden bench in the growbox area in commemoration of Charlie Wright, a long time … Read more

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