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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.

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 – Sat 3rd June

Location: Somerset Square, between the Cricket Ground and the Brewhouse Theatre.

Time: 10.30-12.30

Growing Taunton will be out working on the planters and slope in Somerset Square on Saturday.

The focus will be on completing one of the terraces on the slope.

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Bring spades, trowels and gloves and prepare to get stuck in.

The aim is to have level terraces on this small slope to make planting easier and help retain water rather than let it run off.

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.

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 – Saturday 3rd Sep

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Taunton Transition Town will be holding another Growing Taunton session in Somerset Square this Saturday.  We have got a lot growing this year…. tomatoes, sweetcorn, cabbage, kale,mint, rosemary, chives, thyme, lovage, tarragon, courgettes and oca.  Come along and help tend, nuture and water this glorious produce; right in the heart of the Taunton.

  • Date: Saturday 3rd September
  • Time: 10.30am
  • Where: Somerset Square, Near Brewhouse Theatre

We might possibly move on to our other plot in Vivary Park.  This plot features medicinal herbs as well as some very unusual edibles.

If you cannot make it then you can always lend a hand when it is dry. We keep some buckets in planters to act as water carriers. If you can spare five minutes whilst you walk past the planters please stop by and grab a bucket – you can gather water from the river and give those thirsty plants a good shower.

Gardening is the most therapeutic and defiant act you can do. Plus you get strawberries.

Ron Finley – Gangsta’ Gardener from Los Angeles

Growing Taunton

Growing Taunton

Growing Taunton – Somerset Square

Come and help grow vegetables in the middle of Taunton.  Pick up some tips on growing veggies.

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If you eat, you’re in

We are trying to inspire 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. And it starts here in Somerset Square, near the Brewhouse.

Where: Somerset Square, near Brewhouse, Taunton

When: Saturday 04/06/2016, 10.30-12.30.

Bring gardening gloves, trowels and if you have them any vegetable plants to spare.

Growing Taunton
Growing Taunton

Mushroom Cultivation & Identification Introductory Course

Mushroom Cultivation & Identification Introductory Course at Brook End LAND Centre near Street/Glastonbury, Somerset

FRIDAY 13TH – SUNDAY 15TH NOVEMBER 2015
http://www.feedavalon.org.uk/mushroom-course/
This three day course will take a look at the fascinating world of fungi, introducing key concepts in their biology and ecology. Looking at the identification and classification of fungi and seeing how we can be cultivated and integrated in our gardens.

Fungi are a much sought after food crop, that provide a range of health benefits, but they also provide many valuable services in our gardens and woodlands. The course will look at using fungi to help with composting, creating edible mulches, recycling waste and improving plant health.

We will be using looking at the techniques needed to create mushroom spawn which will lead onto to outdoor methods of cultivating wood eating wild fungi.

This requires only a few simple pieces of equipment, so all that you learn will be repeatable at home.

We will also explore mushroom enterprises & next steps for supplying our communities.

Financial Contribution

This course is being organised by Feed Avalon, a workers cooperative and social enterprise dedicated to cultivating local food resilience & social justice in Glastonbury, Street and surrounding areas.

It has financial support from Somerset Skills and Learning. We are excited to work with the Upcycled Mushroom Company from Bristol who are sharing their knowledge & skills.

The course is sliding scale from £60 (low income) to £180 (high income). We have a number of free places for those in receipt of benefit.

How to Book

Email: nicole@feedavalon.org.uk