Organic gardening sessions at Frendsbury Gardens

Brockley Central has had enough of winter. The snow wasn't snowy enough to earn us a day off work but more than enough to double our commuting time, the cold has been incessant and there have hardly been any blue sky days to break the gloom. We think we may have killed a houseplant by exposing it to the open air for 12 hours too.

So we're pleased to see that Frendsbury Gardens is gearing up for spring with a new calendar of free gardening classes, from 11am – 2pm. They are:

Sat 27 Feb: Sowing seeds - start organic gardening
Organic gardening - Q&A. Tools identification, safe use and care.
Seed sowing practical. What are you going to grow? (6 less common vegetables). How are you going to grow? (6 ways). Questions

Sat 6 Mar: Design an organic garden - everything you need to know
Aspect, water conservation, lawn care (practical), composting (practical). Questions.

Sat 13 Mar: Pond and wild flower planting (family friendly, drop-in session) 11am – 4pm
Pop in during the day when we will be planting up the new pond with aquatic plants such as Soft rush and Arrowhead. We will also plant the surrounding area with wildflower seed and plug plants such as Ragged Robin and Wild Carrot.

Thurs 18 Mar: Weeds - tackle them the organic way
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) - biological, cultural and chemical. Weed identification (practical) - bring in a weed from your garden (root as well).

Thurs 1 Apr: Garden pests & diseases - deal with them the organic way. Grow your own floral bouquets. Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Pest & disease identification. Flowers for cutting.

Sat 24 Apr: Make a hanging basket with a difference (family friendly)
A mixed edible and non-edible plants. All materials provided. Booking essential.

Please call Gareth on 020 8314 2071 or email gareth.schweitzer@lewisham.gov.uk for more information or to book a place.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

And if the ground is anything like my allotment, bring your SCUBA diving gear!

Anonymous said...

Where can I get a decent pair of wellies that don't cost 60quid?

Tamsin said...

How decent do you need them? Would a pound shop suffice? Or I expect hardware stores like the one down toward Adelaide Avenue and Mimms in Sundridge Park sell ones which are slightly tougher. Perhaps also worth phoning places like Wickes or B&Q to ask.

Anonymous said...

A good rough and ruddy pair, for tough garden work, I have been cultivating a jungle over the past few months.

Anonymous said...

Wellies for 60 quid?
My ones from Lidl were only 4 quid and have lasted for years.
Look out for special gardening offers on lidl.co.uk at about this time of year.
Garden tools, shears etc all very cheap, rugged and stand up to heavy use.

Anonymous said...

Lidl special garden offers from
4th March. Get there early!
No, I don't get commission!

maxink said...

Is it a regular salary then?

Anonymous said...

No salary or commission, but green wellies for 4.99 on 1st march, not 4th.

dancharles45 said...

Sign me up for the organic pest control session. I'm having a heck of a time dealing with aphids on my organic tomatoes. I found Safer Brand Tomato and Vegetable insect killer while searching online. I like how it’s organic and can be used up to the day of harvest.

Here's the spray they suggested:
http://www.saferbrand.com/store/garden-care/5085

academic said...

Interesting blog. It would be great if you can provide more details about it. Thanks you.
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