|Kiss Me Hardy, Colliers Wood|
The gardening group were invited to help make an edible, bee-friendly garden at The Norwood Bzz garage. We met up early at the allotment and took care of the plants, before it got too hot.
|Plenty of runner beans, nice to eat raw, steamed or in a stir fry|
|Manure – we got 2 wheelbarrow loads.|
|Lots and lots of watering.|
|We donated some of our runner beans to the allotment food bank|
|Free lunch at West Norwood bus garage.|
|We planted rosemary, mint, rocket, tarragon, and the seedlings we brought with us|
|We took turns at digging a hole for a cherry tree|
|Then we planted the tree|
|Boat ride from Waterloo to Greenwich|
|Catty Sark, Greenwich|
The group found this recipe for mackerel fish cakes. Some of the group had never tried mackerel before so were excited to try something new.
|Ready to go in the oven.
Whilst the fish cakes were cooking the group prepared a fresh with tomatoes, cucumber, spring onion, coriander, peppers, feta and olives in an olive oil and lemon dressing.
|Chopping ingredients for the salad.|
|The finished salad.|
|Digging up the first spuds of the year|
|The rain last week made everything grow really fast so we were able to dig up potatoes, red onions and shallots.|
|Picking runner beans|
|Just a few this week, plenty more to come|
|Roses and geraniums going into the basket|
|So many beautiful flowers|
It was a rainy day so after drinks and snacks in the Community Building we all headed for Morden Hall Park to have a look round the garden centre.
|Waiting for the bus by Brockwell Park
|Trying out some new seating for the plot!
|Bee hives in the orchard at Morden Hall
|Looking for some new fruit bushes for our plot|
We got lots of ideas for plants we want to grow next year, some more raspberries, black, white and red currants, a plum tree and a grape vine. These are all growing well on other plots at the allotment. We had a late lunch sheltered outside the National Trust Cafe and made our way back home.
|Palace Super Bowl, Elephant and Castle|
|Palace Super Bowl restaurant|
This week the group wanted to have a BBQ and make the most out of the beautiful weather we have been having.
First we got started on the Burgers we used lean beef mince, grated onion, crushed garlic, salt, pepper and a pinch of cinnamon.
We then mixed all the ingredients together and made them into patties:
We brushed the kebabs with a BBQ sauce to add some flavour and keep the chicken tender whilst cooking.
To accompany the burgers and kebabs we made a potato salad and a coleslaw.
For the Coleslaw we chopped white cabbage and red onion into slices and grated some carrot.
Everyone enjoyed the BBQ and worked really hard to make it a wonderful day.
|The soil was very dry so we watered everything at least twice|
|Butternut squash bud|
|There was plenty of work to be done, earthing up the potatoes.
|Diluting seaweed fertilizer to feed the plants|
| Our parasol is up!! Thanks to Rosendale Allotments Association and the Lottery
for the funding, and Sheila and Barbara’s hard work work last week putting it up.
|Our group were able to relax in the shade on the hottest day of the year so far.|
|Our new volunteer, Sheila, enjoying her first day on the plot.|
| We dug up lots of couch grass and bagged it to
rot down before composting, to stop it spreading
|We cut the grass and did all the usual watering and weeding|
|It was another sunny day and the group wanted to get the
parasol up so we could have some shade. We had to make a
hole in the table. Then we ran out of time so the parasol goes up next week!