Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Bridge Community Garden: perpetual winter

Perpetual Winter Never Known

When the light falls on winter evenings
And the river makes no sound in its passing
Behind the house, is silent but for its cold
Flowing, its reeds frozen stiffer than glass
How can one anticipate the dawn, a sudden
Blazing of sunlight thawing the harshest sky?
How can one not remember summer evenings?
Must not the tired heart sink and must not fear
Bite, like an acid, wrinkles in its stone?
Behind drawn curtains, gazing at the fire,
Think how the earth spins dumb and bound
By iron chains of frost through death-still air;
And how in every street the sealed windows
And orange cubes of firelight, how in houses
Cuckoo-clocks imitate the spring, candles are
Suns. Perpetual winter never known,
Families warm their hands and wait, nor
Ever doubt the season's transience

by David Gascoyne

The Bridge Community Garden: Frozen fruit & veg

From the top: Rainbow chard, gooseberry leaves, kale + beetroot + marigold, pak choi, rainbow chard, lettuce, rainbow chard, lettuce, rainbow chard + raspberries, rainbow chard, brussels sprouts.

The Bridge Garden: November snow

Photo by Paul Buck.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

ornamental potager inspiration

Gardens with edible plants can look beautiful.

The Bridge Garden: November

The beans and the pumpkin leaves and stems have gone. The sweetcorn stems are dry and brown. The spring cabbages and newly planted rainbow chard have put on growth. The Chinese leaves, lettuce, coriander and parsley haven't been affected by the frost. We also have spring onions, kale, brussels sprouts and leeks.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Old town 5th November

Pictures taken with my phone. Purple, red, yellow, green and white bursts of colour; just like fireworks.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Bridge Community Garden: harvest success

It was busy, messy, noisy, muddy and we had so much fun. I think we must be due an award for the amount of activities we laid on in one day! I made succotash using borlotti beans and sweetcorn from the garden. It's a native American dish, sweet and creamy. We had delicious vegetable and lentil curry made by Monuj and Shima Paul, head chef from Flavours Of India and his wife, who volunteered for the day. They were helped by Nick Hales, owner of St Clements restaurant. Our chef Fabien made butternut squash, kale and bacon hot pot. The children made lovely pumpkin soup. Shabana's beautifully decorated vegetable cakes were a big hit; the walnut and beetroot cake as well as apricot and spiced parsnip cake tasted amazing. Corrina's scrummy halloween biscuits sold really quickly. Thanks to Sam, Jess, Karen and all the In To Play staff who looked after the kid's activities; Harriet for her enthusiasm, great ideas for outdoor nature games and her homemade playdough; my cheery garden co-worker Paul; Mary for coping patiently with a packed cafe; Councillor Jay Kramer and Veronica for doing a grand job of the raffle; Tanya, Rachel, Julie and Claire the driving force of the Bridge; Vicky Climspon for donating her beautiful homemade Christmas decoration for the raffle; Karla and Sarah for help with letters and phone calls; Trisha and Simon for dealing with a load of mud and pumpkin goo without complaint. Hope I haven't forgotten anyone!

It was a fantastic way to celebrate the end of the main growing season and everything we've accomplished in the garden in a short time with hardly any money. I want to say a BIG thank you to Tony and Sarah at Fairlight hall who donated plants and some of their own harvest and also Craig Sams and Jo Fairley who donated plants for the garden and beauty products for our raffle. Thanks everyone who's worked hard on our community garden. When you see the kids running around together covered in mud, when a 4 year old tells me this is the last month for corn and another little boy runs up with a handful of raspberries he's discovered while exploring on his own, you can be sure our garden is growing healthy children.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Bridge Community Garden: Harvest Lights

Some of our wonderful pumpkins. At our Harvest Lights half-term event, which is FREE the children will be harvesting pumpkins and haricot beans, making soup and bread rolls and carving the pumpkins. They will also be making chocolate dipped apples. There will be firework collage making, lantern making, snail racing and garden activities. Indoor and outdoor fun. We even have some raincoats and wellies for the kids! A local lady is coming in to cook us a homemade curry and there will be pumpkin pie and butternut squash muffins for sale. We will also be selling our organic vegetables fresh from the garden. Anything that doesn't sell is being donated to the soup kitchens for homeless people. Harvest Lights 28th Oct 10am - 3pm The Bridge Community Centre. Free.
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