Hawkwood open day


Hawkwood open day

Sprouting secrets at Hawkwood! Sunday 27th March, 12-4pm

This month’s open day at Hawkwood community plant nursery is all about seeds and soil, including a sprouting special! Sprouted seeds are one of the most nutritious, fast foods you can grow. As Hawkwood gears up for regular seed sprout production, we’re offering a workshop where you can learn this simple growing skill and create a ‘farm in your kitchen’. There will also be tips on seed sowing, compost for sale (see details below), a site tour, seed bomb making and seasonal tasks. All welcome. Drop in any time from 12-4pm or come specifically for:
12pm – seed sowing tips
2-3pm – sprouting workshop
3pm – site tour
Bring a packed lunch if staying all day – we eat at 1pm. Hawkwood Nursery, 115 Hawkwood Crescent, Chingford E4 7UH. Directions to the site here

Growing conditions

At this time of year food growing is all about giving seeds the right conditions to get going and making sure the garden’s soil is ready to give growing plants the vitality they need to produce the season’s vegetables. Due to demand, this year we’re sharing Organiclea’s range of hand-made growing composts in ready to buy sacks. Below are the key garden products available to buy at the Hawkwood growing site. Also on sale at the market stall at the Hornbeam on Saturday 16th April and, along with plants, in May and June.

* Seed compost: A light, but water retentive compost; a perfect medium for sowing seeds in. It’s a peat-free alternative and gets seeds off to a fine start. Once the seedlings appear they are ready to ‘pot-on’ into ‘potting compost’ in a larger pot (see below). Our seed compost is a blend of coir (coconut husk), sand and fertile fibre feed pellets (organic alfalfa and soya meal). £5/20L sack

* Potting-on compost: Our hand made potting compost adds the extra nutritional kick that young plants at this stage need; a blend of sieved garden compost, coir (coconut husk) and seaweed feed and fertile fibre feed pellets. Our recipe is designed to provide an ideal peat-free and organic growing medium. £5/20Litre sack; £9/40Litre sack

* Garden compost – Soil improver (made from green waste compost): We currently get our soil improving compost from an organic supplier in Ongar, Essex. Use this compost in your growing space before transplanting young plants into the outdoor garden. It will improve the soil’s structure and fertility and encourage friendly soil life, such as worms – essential for healthy plant growth. It can also be used as mulch and feed around growing shrubs and trees. £5/40Litre sack (5 sacks for £20)

* Wood chip bark: Provides decorative, biodegradable mulch (ground cover) for perennial trees and shrubs. Great path material too – suppresses weeds. £1/40Litre sack

Sprouting secrets at Hawkwood!

Next Sunday’s open day at Hawkwood plant nursery is all about seeds and soil, including a sprouting special! Sprouted seeds are one of the most nutritious, fast foods you can grow. As Hawkwood gears up for regular seed sprout production, we’re offering a workshop where you can learn this simple growing skill and create a ‘farm in your kitchen’. There will also be tips on seed sowing, compost for sale (see details right), a site tour and seasonal tasks. All welcome. Drop in any time from 12-4pm or come specifically for:

12pm – seed sowing tips

2-3pm – sprouting workshop

3pm – site tour

Bring a packed lunch if staying all day – we eat at 1pm. Hawkwood Nursery, 115 Hawkwood Crescent, Chingford E4 7UH. Directions to the site at www.organiclea.org.uk

Growing conditions

At this time of year food growing is all about giving seeds the right conditions to get going and making sure the garden’s soil is ready to give growing plants the vitality they need to produce the season’s vegetables. Due to demand, this year we’re sharing Organiclea’s range of hand-made growing composts in ready to buy sacks. Below are the key garden products available to buy at the Hawkwood growing site. Also on sale at the market stall at the Hornbeam on Saturday 16th April and, along with plants, in May and June.

Seed compost: A light, but water retentive compost; a perfect medium for sowing seeds in. It’s a peat-free alternative and gets seeds off to a fine start. Once the seedlings appear they are ready to ‘pot-on’ into ‘potting compost’ in a larger pot (see below). Our seed compost is a blend of coir (coconut husk), sand and fertile fibre feed pellets (organic alfalfa and soya meal). £5/20L sack

Potting-on compost: Our hand made potting compost adds the extra nutritional kick that young plants at this stage need; a blend of sieved garden compost, coir (coconut husk) and seaweed feed and fertile fibre feed pellets. Our recipe is designed to provide an ideal peat-free and organic growing medium. £5/20Litre sack; £9/40Litre sack

Garden compost – Soil improver (made from green waste compost): We currently get our soil improving compost from an organic supplier in Ongar, Essex. Use this compost in your growing space before transplanting young plants into the outdoor garden. It will improve the soil’s structure and fertility and encourage friendly soil life, such as worms – essential for healthy plant growth. It can also be used as mulch and feed around growing shrubs and trees. £5/40Litre sack (5 sacks for £20)

Wood chip bark: Provides decorative, biodegradable mulch (ground cover) for perennial trees and shrubs. Great path material too – suppresses weeds. £1/40Litre sack

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