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wildlife audit

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 09:55

Maybe you could contact Kate herself on her blog and request a copy if you can't get hold of one.

I don't know what it is.

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 09:44

Cut back hard now - when the weather is set fair and there are no hard frosts due. Then feed the plant with growmore or pelleted manure to help it recover and keep it well watered if we have a dry spell (I know the ground is sodden but at the base of the plant where it has been covered with foliage for so long, it could well be dry and you want the fertiliser to be activated to help support good growth). Hopefully it should recover quickly. If any hard frosts are forecast when the new growth is beginning to show - throw an old curtain, sheet or the like over the top (depending on the size - don't know how much you have got) to protect the new growth and remove in the morning.

Followed threads

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 09:35

Several threads which I have contributed to, have not gone onto my followed threads. Indeed, some I have started eg Spawn 2014 is not in my followed threads either...any ideas why? Not a big pproblem but annoying tracking back to follow a thread you are actively involved in or trying to remember its title! Thanks.

Advice on Hops

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 22:17

I too grow the golden hop - beautiful colour and it sometimes produces hops. Dies back in autumn, you pull off all the old stems and it grows from the base again next spring. Like Bilje I have never noticed a fragrance!

Strange nandina?

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 22:13

Never pruned any of mine. I only cut off the spent berry branches.

I don't know what it is.

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 22:09


I don't know what it is.

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 22:09

Looks like an escallonia to me.

I don't know what it is.

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 22:01

Not sure...when I try to do a close up on the leaves, they are all out of focus. Could you post a good close up picture of the leaves please?

community project

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 18:06

Didn't all go in one reply and the layout is rubbish...thinking I should just have gien you their email address


community project

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 18:02

I have copied an email below I received from Capital growth. The  project which is based in and around London works as far out as me in Ilford and hopefully as far out as you. It would be a good place to get info. Hope this helps.


Capital Growth News March Dear Capital Growers
The Capital Growth team is been working hard in the past few months to bring you a host of events as part of the start of the growing season. Read on to find out more about  Big Dig, Growing for Health conference and more.  We hope to see you soon!

The Capital Growth team



  Capital Growth News Networking Event- Preparing for the 2014 growing season – This Monday!
Monday 10th March 2014 from 6pm to 8.30 pm
Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton Hill, SW2 1RW (nearest tube station Brixton) 
This networking event is open to anyone interested in growing food in London. It will include workshops and presentations from successful community food growing projects. It will also be an opportunity to mingle with like-minded people growing food in all kinds of spaces in London while enjoying some complimentary food and drink. Booking is essential. To find out more or to book click here Big Dig - Saturday 22 March (sign up by Friday)
The Big Dig is a volunteering event designed to encourage local people to get down to your space and get their hands dirty, learn something new and hopefully decide to continue to help you throughout the growing season. Sign up before Friday and get free Big Dig postcards, posters and seeds! To find out more and sign up click here Grow Waltham Forest Conference - With speaker from Incredible Edible Todmorden
21st March: 1 – 5.30pm (6 – 8.30 networking party) 
Leytonstone Library - 6 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG
Waltham Forest invites everyone who is interested in food growing to come along to learn and share ideas to get more people growing and selling food grown in the London. Inspirational speakers include Rosie Boycott, Chair of the London Food Board, Mary Clear from Incredible Edible Todmorden and Manchester Veg People. Click here to book and find out more The conference launches Cultivate, Waltham Forest Council's first urban food growing festival which has lined up over 50 events, including a food-a-fair and gardener’s question time. Click here to find out more Inspiration from North American urban farmers 
The Russet, 17 Amhurst Terrace,  Hackney E8 2BT 
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 from 5.00 to 7.00
Last year our colleague Eloise Dey went to North America to meet urban farmers and the enterprising projects they worked on. She will be doing a show and tell of some of the interesting and inspiring projects that she saw in New York, Detroit, Chicago and Vancouver. Afterwards there will be an opportunity to share something that has happened at your food growing project over the last year that is innovative or successful. To book click here  Growing Leaders – Deadline to apply next week, Wednesday 12 March
This is our third Growing Leaders programme and it’s better than ever!  Growing Leaders provides you with expert training and advice to help develop the skil

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