Category Archives: Transition

Growing Taunton – Sat 1st July

We will be out and about again Saturday in Somerset Square to finish off the terracing of the slope.

Location: Somerset Sq – between the Brewhouse Theatre and the Cricket Ground

When: Sat 20th May – 10.30 – 12.30

Taunton Transition Town have been running this site at Somerset Square for some years now; replacing the municipal plants with something we can eat or which is beneficial to insects.  Find the vegetables, herbs and other plants growing in the planters between the Brewhouse Theatre and the Cricket Ground in Taunton.

What is ready now?

  • Peas
  • Mint
  • Rosemary
  • Lavender
  • Lovage – great herb with a strong celery taste – use sparingly
  • Oca Leaves – the leaves have a citrusy taste and great addition to salad
  • Some lettuce leaves left

Our courgettes are progressing and some are in flower…. so will be ready very soon.

Come along and hear all about the community garden and what is ready now.

We need your help to weed, plant and haul water!  We have big plans for Somerset Square and need your help. Bring you garden forks, trowels and gloves for some extra special TLC to this wonderful display. This time we hoping to transform the slope into a wonderful terrace of incredible edibles.

Chris Goodhall Talk-The Switch 26 June

Quaker Meeting House, Bath Place, Taunton TA1 4EP
Doors will open at 6pm with light refreshments available.

£3 entry on door to help cover costs.

Chris Goodall will cover the subject of his latest
book, The Switch. He will explain why a rapid
transition to renewable energy is essential,
affordable and technically feasible.
Followed by questions and discussion.
Chris is a good speaker and renowned
expert on new energy technologies with a website
at: http://www.carboncommentary.com

Bike Ride Around Taunton – Sun 18th June

Sunday 18th June 10.30-12.30pm Free led Ride organised by TACC

Location: Vivary Park Bandstand

A gentle loop cycle ride of 11 miles. Taking in some of Taunton’s hidden cycle network and green wedges, we will  be passing though scenic Bathpool via the canal towpath.  Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult. Email tauntonareacyclingcampaign@gmail.com if you intend to come. http://www.tacc.space

Growing Taunton @ Somerfest – Sat 17th June

Join us on Saturday in Somerset Square to get your chance to plant and take away your very own veggie seeds.

Taunton Longswords are going to be attempting to break records by slashing plastic milk bottles in two – see 1000 cuts challenge.. https://www.facebook.com/TauntonLongswords

So Taunton Transition will receive the halved milk bottles and getting everyone to plant a seed/s of their choice. We have got compost… we have seed… so get planting on Saturday from 12 to 6.

Where: Somerset Square below the planters (between the Cricket ground and the Brewhouse).

When: Sat 17th June 12 to 6.

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Putting in the terracing…

Plus hear all about Taunton Area Cycling Campaign and the latest happenings for the promotion of cycling in the local area.

 

 

Growing Taunton – Update

Great progress has been made to the slope around the planters at Somerset Square.  The idea was to transform the slope into a series of terraces using recycled materials. We used plastic vegetable boxes filled with stones from the very area we were digging… it was full of stones! The vegetable boxes came from the local green grocer Granny Smiths.

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Vegetable box gabions

The plan is to lay black weed suppressant cloth over the beds and the gabions and around the plants and vegetables.  This will suppress the weeds and save on some watering. Bear with us until we get this finished.

What do we have growing in the planters?

Planter nearest ‘Eat the Bird’

 

  1. Phacelia – we grow Phacelia as a quick growing hardy green manure.  It comes out in purple/blue flowers.  It smothers weeds and has an extensive root system that improves soil structure. It is listed as one of the top honey-producing flowers for honeybees and is attractive to bumblebees and hoverflies (which eat aphids).
  2. Oca – One of the ‘Lost Crops’ of the Incas, this is a wonderful plant still widely grown in Bolivia & Peru. Oca is planted and cooked just like potatoes (although they are smaller, the size of new potatoes) and it has a lemony taste like potatoes with lemon butter mixed with a slighty nutty taste.  Apparently you can also eat the leaves though I have not tried yet. Find out how to grow at: http://downtheplot.com/oca.php , and how to eat at: http://fastcheapgood.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/oca
  3. Ruby chard – this is a great addition to our vegetable plot here. Easy to grow and very delicious.  When it is young you can use as a salad leave and when bigger cook stalk and leave like spinach.  Chard is part of the beet cultivars along with beetroot and sugar beet and is a descendant of the sea beet. Check out this great recipe – Inzimino di Ceci

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    Alliums growing amongst the mint

4. Mint is growing here in such abundance.  Please come along and pick and eat… great in a cocktail or chopped and added to yoghurt.

5. Broad beans are nearly ready… got some good healthy pods growing.  When ready please come along pick and eat.  Want a great recipe with broad beans.. try this: broad bean falafel.

 

5. Strawberries… this fantastic fruit certainly adds to the colour of the vegetable bed.  Please pick and remember to wash throughly. Great to eat on their own or in a risotto… yes… strawberries are great in a risotto.

Middle Planter

6. The peas are coming on strong.. you can eat the pea shoots (great in a primavera risotto or addition to a stir fry) or wait for the beautiful pods to develop.  Not ready yet but should be shortly.

7. Just planted these french beans that hopefully will grow healthy beans that will be a great addition to a stir fry.

8. These lettuces are prime for picking… please come along and grab yourself a lettuce.  Remember to wash throughly.

9. Lavender – we plant this to encourage the pollinators.  Plus it is so fragrant.

10. Courgette – just planted this courgette plant…. should be ready late July to August. We are growing in a cloche at the moment to save on the watering…

11. Fennel –  flowering plant species in the carrot family. It is a hardy, perennial herb with yellow flowers and feathery leaves.  Pick for the leaves to flavour your salad or produce a wonderful aniseed pesto.

12.  Rosemary… pick this as a great accompaniment to meat or vegetables… I think it is best with chickpeas, garlic and tomato puree with spaghetti. This is a great plant for these planters as rosemary is so drought-tolerant.

3rd Planter

13. Swiss Chard…. we already have the ruby chard.. .well you will find swiss chard as well in the planters.  Incredibly easy to grow and something that is so versatile to cook.  Swiss chard is something like spinach but with a slightly more earthy taste.  The stalks are larger in chard than spinach but is something you should not throw away. Why don’t you pickle them.   Ready to pick now… just pick the leaves and remember to leave some for others.

14. Sage – another great herb great with meat and beans.  Drought-tolerant but can tolerate most weathers.  Ready now.

 

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3 rd planter with strawberries under cover.

The Slope

15. A new addition this year is the planting of the slope.  We are turning the slope into a terrace of vegetables and fruits.  The first plant being the potato.

16. Lemon Balm – unusual herb Lemon balm is an easy to grow herb that not only attracts bees to the garden, but is also a great anti-viral with relaxing properties that are helpful for soothing frayed nerves and calming hyper children.  Pick the leaves now. Find out about the herb here.

General Election Hustings for Taunton Deane – 30th May

General Election Hustings for Taunton Deane
7:30-9pm, 30 May 2017
(doors open from 7pm)
Kingsmead School,
South Street,
Wiveliscombe TA4 2NE

Parliamentary candidates for Taunton Deane will attend to answer questions on climate change, Europe and other important issues.

Green Party – Clive Martin

Labour Party – Martin Jevon

Liberal Democrats – Gideon Amos

UK Independence Party – Alan Dimmick

Conservative Party – Rebecca Pow invited but has “decided not to take part”.

Chair for the hustings will be Julian Mellor. The format will be similar to BBC’s Question Time. Please send questions you would like to ask to hustings@wiveyaction.org.uk or by post to Hustings, Wivey Action on Climate, The Greenhouse, Old Brewery, Golden Hill, Wiveliscombe TA4 2NY (question deadline: 12 noon, 25 May)

This has been organised by Wivey Action on Climate.

 

A Talk: Why a rapid transition to renewable energy is essential

Chris Goodall will cover the subject of his latest book The Switch. He will explain why a rapid transition to renewable energy is essential, affordable and technically feasible.

Followed by questions and discussion.

Chris is a good speaker and renowned expert on new energy technologies with a website at: http://www.carboncommentary.com

6.30 pm to 8.30 pm

Monday 26 June 2017

Quaker Meeting House, Bath Place, Taunton TA1 4EP

Doors open at 6 pm with light refreshments available.

£3 entry on door to help cover costs.

The cost of PV is coming down rapidly as a result of improving technology, longer lives for equipment and lower financing costs. This will continue. It will mean that solar power will be the most economical way of generating electricity almost everywhere around the world within a decade. It already is in many countries in the tropics.

Cheaper PV is not enough. We need huge amounts of short-term storage, probably by installing batteries in homes and more widely across the grid. The good news is that, like PV, batteries are sharply coming down in price. Every succeeding forecast gets more optimistic.

From www.carboncommentary.com

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Growing Taunton

We will be out and about again Saturday in Somerset Square to finish off the terracing of the slope.

Location: Somerset Sq – between the Brewhouse Theatre and the Cricket Ground

When: Sat 20th May – 10.30 – 12.30

Taunton Transition Town have been running this site at Somerset Square for some years now; replacing the municipal plants with something we can eat or which is beneficial to insects.  Find the vegetables, herbs and other plants growing in the planters between the Brewhouse Theatre and the Cricket Ground in Taunton.

We need your help to weed, plant and haul water!  We have big plans for Somerset Square and need your help. Bring you garden forks, trowels and gloves for some extra special TLC to this wonderful display. This time we hoping to transform the slope into a wonderful terrace of incredible edibles.  But we need to get that infrastructure in.  The idea is to have 3 tiers of terraces held up by recycled plastic veg box gabions.  If you are feeling handy come along and help…..

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That’s right we are going to use these filled with stones.

 

Growing Taunton – Sat 6th May

We will be out and about again Saturday to get more vegetables planted in Somerset Square.

Location: Somerset Sq – between the Brewhouse Theatre and the Cricket Ground

When: Sat 1st April – 10.30 – 12.30

Taunton Transition Town are inspiring people all over the town to take food production back into their own hands. Any piece of land has the potential to grow food – be it a curbside, your back garden or a spare corner in a park. Our mission is to take down the barriers between you and your ability to grow there.

If you eat, you’re in

We have been running this site at Somerset Square for some years now; replacing the municipal plants with something we can eat or which is beneficial to insects.  Find the vegetables, herbs and other plants growing in the planters between the Brewhouse Theatre and the Cricket Ground in Taunton.

We need your help to weed, plant and haul water!  We have big plans for Somerset Square and need your help. Bring you garden forks, trowels and gloves for some extra special TLC to this wonderful display.

 

 

Growing Taunton – Sat 1st April

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It is that time of year again when we will be getting that public veg growing started.

Location: Somerset Sq – between the Brewhouse Theatre and the Cricket Ground

When: Sat 1st April – 10.30 – 12.30

Taunton Transition Town are inspiring people all over the town to take food production back into their own hands. Any piece of land has the potential to grow food – be it a curbside, your back garden or a spare corner in a park. Our mission is to take down the barriers between you and your ability to grow there.

If you eat, you’re in

We have been running this site at Somerset Square for some years now; replacing the municipal plants with something we can eat or which is beneficial to insects.  Find the vegetables, herbs and other plants growing in the planters between the Brewhouse Theatre and the Cricket Ground in Taunton.

Fact 1:Wonder why we grow so many pot marigolds (Calendula) – well not only can you eat the petals it is also good as an insect nectar and pollen plant that attracts beneficial insects, especially bees, butterflies and hoverflies.  

The plan this month is to clear some of the beds and sow some suitable seeds like beetroot, carrots, Swiss chard, salad leaves and peas; along with some wild flower seeds.  If you have any seeds or indeed vegetable plants that you can spare please bring them along on Saturday so we can share for this wonderful public edible garden.

Fact 2: Planted in Somerset Square Planters are the wonderful plant Oca; one of the ‘Lost Crops’ of the Incas, which is still widely grown in Bolivia & Peru. Oca is planted and cooked just like potatoes (although they are smaller, the size of new potatoes) and it has a lemony taste like potatoes with lemon butter. It’s is easy as long as you have a moderately long season, and being completely unrelated to potatoes , it’s not affected by blight.

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