Drowning in courgettes? Too many Peas to Pod?

If you would like to swop your courgettes for some onions please check out the VEG SWOP in the shop!
Please leave any unwanted vegetables in the shelves outside and if there is anything there that you would like to swop it with please help yourselves!

Please also pop into the shop and look at the brochure to pre-order you over wintering onion sets – the more we order the less the cost will be and you will have lovely onions for the start of next season.

Hope to see you soon
Donna

A river runs through…

south norwood streamI’ve been trying to find out more about our little river recently. Where does it start, where does it go and most of all, what is it called?

It’s a lovely little river with seemingly more wildlife every year.  Baby moorhens were spotted last week and in the past I’ve seen ducks living on it and little fish swimming in the various pools. There’s a kingfisher nearby, water voles have been spotted on it’s banks and there are countless insects and birds. As well as being a great asset for wildlife, it’s also a fantastic amenity for us. I’ve often stood and watched it with my daughter, played pooh sticks and  gathered brambles from it’s banks.

The river clearly appears River Ravensbourne catchmenton maps and aerial photographs, but I have yet to find any – including fluvial maps – that name the river. But I think it’s probably the South Norwood Stream.  I know it flows through (or starts) in South Norwood Country Park.

What I find amazing is that our little river eventually flows into the Thames at Deptford Creek. Before that it joins firstly with the Chaffinch Brook at Clockhouse Road, then joins the River Beck to form the Pool River. The Pool River joins the Ravensbourne at Catford Bridge and then the Quaggy at Lewisham.  The map slows the river catchment.

 

Co-incidently I also found out about the Three Rivers Clean-up project. Now in it’s third year, this project aims to remove invasive plant species, complement work to naturalise as much of the river catchment as possible and give volunteers and opportunity to explore and improve hidden parts of the area. The third clean up starts on Monday 17 June and runs for three weeks. They will be working on our river on Tuesday 18 June, both in the allotment and in Maberley Park. Follow their latest activity on their Twitter feed @3rcu

 

 

 

Water shortage??

After a glorious Bank Holiday weekend when everyone went planting crazy so begins the rain. Whilst it cuts down on the watering it would be nice to have a few more days when we can get the plants in the ground please! If anyone needs any more organic compost, peat or manure don’t forget to pop in the shop. This year we are stocking grow bags so please see in the shop for details. We also have surplus stock of plants left over from the Open Day, lovingly grown from seed by Roz so please pop into the poly tunnel and pay in the shop for any that take your fancy. Dave’s Pine Berries were a big hit at the open day – they are a white strawberry that taste of pineapple – he has a few left so please ask Dave (the Bodger) or in the shop. Never too late (not this year anyway) to sow or plant out – hopeful the frost has gone but you never know.