It’s official: winter is coming. The leaves are dropping like flies and as the cold winds blow things are starting to wind down at the growing spaces at Harrow and Marylebone.

However there’s always something to do in the garden and something in bloom (like the delicious blackcurrant sage in the photo).  We’ve still got two more workshops for the green-thumbed among you before we hibernate until next year, so don’t miss your chance to get your hands dirty, learn a thing or two and do your bit to keep our campuses green.

See below for details on our two upcoming workshops and we hope to see you there!

Marylebone, 21st November:  Wrapping up for winter, 12pm-2pm

The weather outside is frightful: we’re wrapping up warm and our plants would appreciate the same treatment. Tender young plants that were sown in August may need fleecing, mulching and netting in order to survive frosty mornings and bitter nights as well as hungry squirrels and birds. As the temperature plummets in January and February you are much less likely to get outside and check on your plants so a little effort now will prevent a concerted effort in the future.

 (Find the Marylebone Garden on Luxborough Street behind the red door next to the loading bay)

Harrow, 28th November: Harvest it and preserve it, 12pm-2pm

By now all crops have been harvested and there is often much more than we can possibly eat before it spoils. This is the perfect opportunity to learn some preserving skills like pickling, jamming and freezing. We will discuss simple techniques to freeze many types of fruits and vegetables as well as sharing jam and pickling recipes as well as infusions and even fermentation. Also drying fruits, vegetables and herbs for use throughout the year.

(The Harrow Garden is in the forum boat garden between the coffee shop and the radio station)

Cormac Cleary

Cormac Cleary

Sustainable Food Assistant at University of Westminster and Aramark
Cormac Cleary

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