This coming weekend, both our gardens are open to the public, Grove 1 on Saturday (17 June) from 12 – 3 pm, and Grove in the Park on Sunday (18 June) from 10 am – 1 pm, as part of the Edinburgh-wide Power of Food Festival, with community gardens open all over town.
Saturday is also the Canal Festival and Raft Race, so how about planning your day round that, and including a wee stroll down to the Grove? We’ve even got our own fringe event, with a performance from Imprevisto Danza, including live music, on our own stage at 2 pm.
And if you’ve got some time to spare to help on either day, please get in touch – we’ll separately email members who’ve indicated willingness to help at events, but why not get ahead of the game?
Then, hot on the heals of a busy weekend, we kick off with a series of summer foodie events, prepared in our new outdoor kitchen by Jayne and helpers. The first will be for members (and their guests) only, depending on how that goes we may be extending invites for subsequent sessions eg to other community gardens.
Weds 21st June: Graft & Grub
Come down to Grove 1 for the first in our series of summer foodie events at the garden: a vegetarian garden feast, prepared for you and served in the outdoor kitchen. Arrive for a bit of communal gardening grafting from 6pm and enjoy a delicious meal together afterwards. Numbers are limited so reserve your space if you wanna join: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/graft-grub-at-grove-1-tickets-35332862543
Sun 2 July: Garden wraps & rolls
Learn how to make Asian inspired, fresh summer rolls and tasty dipping sauces. We will also create veggie noodles to make a raw pad thai. This is a fun hands on session in the outdoor kitchen, where you get to create fresh and healthy food, no cooking required so perfect for a hot summer afternoon. Watch out for more details.
Sun 23 July: Summer Super Salads
We will be making a range of delicious salad dressings and exploring how to build your own hearty superfood salads at home – perfect for summer picnics and festival season. We will be hands on not only harvesting but also massaging the garden kale!
Other Grove news
The Seedlore Library
The Library is beginning to collect seeds and stories, facts and fictions of growing lore to build up a store of knowledge and plants. Gathering local specific varieties and found seeds from wild and cultivated plants the library will be categorised in winter of this year, based on the findings in the donations.
Currently the Library is reaching out gardens and gardeners around Edinburgh and is particularly keen on capturing the legacy of the varieties which have grown in Grove over it’s time on this site.
The process of donating involves a short 10 – 15 minute conversation for the handover of the seeds to the Library, you’ll be asked a range of questions and prompts to help gather a wide range of information. You’ll then receive a receipt and sign in the seeds becoming a part of the Seedlore Library!
Bring your seeds in any receptacle you like – envelopes, film canisters, ziplock bags, paper twists, or loose and the Library will provide a vessel.
The Library is also providing free seed saving guides and booklets for learning and sharing and would love to meet as many of you as possible who would be interested in donating in the future. Help keep the legacy of the Grove’s varieties living on!
This project is in its early stages, get in touch to learn more about it and be a part of shaping the future of this Edinburgh based seed library.
Any questions please email Mo at email@example.com
The Facebook page for the Library is under construction and can be found at https://www.facebook.com/seedlorelibrary/
Some other updates for you:
- minutes of our most recent members’ meeting on 5 June are here
- our Spring Party was enjoyed by around 35 attending, with the outdoor kitchen successfully commissioned, beans planted, planters decorated with potato printing etc
- there’s been a lot of painting as well as gardening activity at Grove in the Park – we’re getting nice feedback that many people of various ages are visiting the garden and sitting on the benches
- as ever, we’d love to get more people involved in hosting our communal gardening sessions, primarily Wednesday evenings at Grove 1 and Saturday mornings at Grove 1 and Grove in the Park, but it would be even better if we had enough people to cover other times too!
- Next month’s members’ meeting will be on Tuesday 11 July, 6.30 pm at Grove 1