With the weather set to finally warm up, it’s time to start a new season of gardening at The Grove.
The 5th anniversary celebration on 24th March was really well attended, it was great to see some old faces and a few new ones. The 5th Annual AGM was held earlier in March, thanks to all those who attended. Linked below are the AGM minutes, Chair and Treasurers reports:
The committee welcomed a new member, Tete da Silva. Tete was the creative force behind bringing the Grove to Light back in December; we are thrilled to have her on board, as she brings great energy and enthusiasm to the committee as we transition the site in the coming months.
The full committee is now as follows: Wendy Lord (Chair), Ann Burgess (Vice Chair), Jayne Totty (Secretary), David Leslie (Treasurer), Akiko Kobayashi, Sarah Marshall, Nim Kibbler, Isobel Shepherd, Tete DaSilva.
Site Changes & Decluttering!
Moda Living have assured us that Grove 1 can continue as it is until September, when work will start on site. The plan is then for Grove 1 to move up to the side of Grove Extra, merging a little way along Dundee Street. With some creative planning and better use of the space we already have, we will be able to accommodate our existing planters, store and cabin and create an exciting new layout. With all this in mind, we would like to declutter as much as possible on site at Grove 1 in the coming months. We of course still want to enjoy the space we have, but it would be great if there are not too many random pots and plants to transfer in the autumn!
Communal Gardening Sessions
Communal sessions continue on Saturdays, 10am-12noon at Grove in the Park and from 12noon-2pm at Grove 1. Once the longer days are with us in June and July, Nim will be hosting sessions on a Wednesday evening from 6-7pm offering you the chance to check in for growing advice.
Membership and Fees
Thanks to those who have personal planters who have already paid their annual fee. If you have still to pay, you can leave your £4 in the honesty pot at the cabin or transfer to the bank account: Coop Bank, 08 92 99, account number 65645992. If you no longer wish to retain your personal planter then please let us know by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
19th May, 2-4pm: Get together at Grove 1 to celebrate National Vegetarian Week with some tasty food. Pizzas, garden salads and inspiration on how to cook meat-free.
16th June 12-2pm: Grove 1 will be taking part in The Power of Food Festival when the garden will be open and offering cake and herbal teas.
Next committee meeting: Wednesday 2nd May, 6.30pm at Grove 1.
Looking forward to seeing you at Grove 1 and Grove in the Park!
It’s not quite winter, but our next event will certainly usher in the cold weather.
‘Grove comes to Light’ in collaboration with the ‘Jo Cox Great Community Get Together’ is on Sunday 3rd December from 4pm to 6pm at Grove 1.
This event is for everyone (so your family and friends are welcome).
Bring food and drink to share, a candle and warm clothes.
We will hope for a dry evening but we have gazebos if necessary.
Our last Graft and Grub event was on 5th November when Jayne cooked food over the barbecue. Annie ran a charcoal making workshop, and Toni opened up the Scrapstore bus. It was good fun with around 30 people of all ages there.
On the previous Graft and Grub event we fired up the pizza oven (and the barbecue) and enjoyed great food made by Jayne.
In the Gardens
The greenhouse at Grove 1 is full of winter salads.
In both Grove 1 and Grove in the Park there are beans, peas, onions and garlic establishing themselves over the cold months, ready to burst into life in the spring.
Things to do
There’s plenty to do over the winter, tidying and sorting the cabin and the gardens. Weeds are still growing, and there are winter veg to harvest!
When the wasps finally vacate the compost heap in the upper garden at Grove 1 we can redo that heap so it can quietly decompose over the winter.
There will still be Saturday communal gardening sessions at Grove in the Park from 11am – 12 noon and at Grove 1 from 1pm – 2pm.
We have put lists of tasks on the cabin door at Grove 1 and on the planters themselves at Grove in the Park.
The community payback volunteers still come on a weekly basis and do a lot of the heavy work around the garden but also some of the aesthetically pleasing work too.
They for instance have done almost all the weeding between the planters in the upper garden at Grove 1 and have generally made a huge effort to tidy the site over the last few weeks, though we never ask them to litter pick.
We have the opportunity to run some workshops in the future, themed around keeping things out of landfill, reusing and recycling, but also including members of the community. Let us know if you have any ideas for such workshops and we’ll see if they can be included in the programme next year.
We need more people on the Grove Committee, so if you’d like to be a member let us know – we can send more details of just what this entails. Email email@example.com
We look forward to seeing you and your friends at ‘Grove comes to light’ on Sunday 3rd December.
It’s been a good couple of months since we last published an update for all our members – this one timed particularly to make sure you’re aware of the Graft and Grub shared supper this coming Wednesday (6 September), from 6 – 8 pm. Do join us! – our first 2 events in this series in late June / early July were great successes (though unfortunately the third had to be cancelled amidst the late July downpours).
Events and goings-on at Grove 1
Monday 4th September Garden Meeting, 6.30 pm at Grove 1 All welcome
Wednesday 6th September 6 – 8 pm at Grove 1 Graft and Grub
Bring and Share supper this time please! Our first 2
On Sunday October 8th we plan to have another Graft and Grub Session, 2 – 4. for an autumn tidy up and hopefully a harvest supper.
We’ll have communal gardening sessions, as long as there’s enough light, on Wednesday evenings 6 – 8 pm. Please come along, or sign up (in the cabin) to host a session.
There’s always gardening at Grove in the Park on Saturday mornings 10 – 12. All those planters are communal and the sessions are very sociable.
Someone is quite often at Grove 1 on Fridays to be with the volunteers (there’s usually a list of tasks in the cabin) so if you’d like to help out then, or on any Saturday let us know.
A planter at Grove in the Park is going to be used for medicinal herbs and one or two at Grove 1 for exotic/super foods. If you have ideas on what you’d like to grow in these then contact us on Facebook, leave a message in the cabin or email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the end of September, depending on the outcome of an upcoming meeting with Moda (the new land owners) we’ll start looking at the planters to see which could be tidied away for when we have to move (somewhere else on site hope) in the Spring.
Can you let us know if you don’t want to carry on gardening at the Grove?
And at Grove in the Park:
We are at Grove in the Park every Saturday between 10-12 am but members can and do garden at other times. Several more people have become members. The garden is frequently visited by local folk particularly young kids and their parents, and we leave out small tools for them to use.
Over the past few weeks we have:
· harvested and shared lots of vegetables particularly potatoes (mainly dug up by younger members);
· planted seeds and seedlings for autumn harvesting;
· started to collect and plant medicinal and culinary herbs;
· collected seeds from poppies, cornflowers etc. so we can make seed bombs;
· weeded++ and watered.
We encourage everyone to let us know how they would like to see the garden develop – and what we should plant.
Lastly, we’ve now got an instagram feed to give us an active photo gallery on our website and members can tag us in their instagram snaps – we are @grovecommunitygarden, and we’re using the following hashtags: #communityfood #communitygarden #edinburgh then either #harrisonpark or #fountainbridge
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
It’s part of National Vegetarian Week, and the main event will be a bring & share veggie lunch, from 11 – 2. Progress on our new outdoor kitchen has been fantastic, so we’ll be able to commission the new bbq, with Jayne in charge of cooking facilities.
Activities will include:
– flatbread making, including foraging for herbs to add
– planting our bean den: seedlings are sprouting, and will be desperate to be planted out in the already constructed base & framework for the den
– potato printing
– bug hunt
– bring & share your veggie recipes
– introducing the Seed Lore Library
The scrapstore bus will be open too and the Junk Playground facilities in full use.
Please come along if you possibly can, especially if you haven’t been for a while, come and see everything that’s been happening – even if you just drop in for a short while.
Some other updates for you:
- minutes of our most recent members’ meeting on 2 May are here
- last Saturday’s session at Grove in the Park was filmed by STV, in preparation for the Power of Food festival coming up on 17 & 18 June
- there is a public consultation exhibition on the proposed hotel / office development on the eastmost vacant canalside site this Thursday (tomorrow) & Friday, details here
- we’re hoping to set up a meeting soon with the new owners of the Grove 1 site, Moda Living
- Next month’s members’ meeting will be on Monday 5 June, 6.30 pm at Grove 1
A few things to let you know about from our members’ meeting on Monday – formal minutes still to be written up and published later:
- extra planters on offer at Grove 1: we’ve decided to offer a small number of planters which have recently become free to existing members – whether in addition to one you already look after, or if you’re currently a communal gardener, but for this year would like a box of your own. We want to get these planters into use as quickly as possible, so get your requests in straight away! It might not be quite first come first served, but it would be great to see work starting on them this weekend. By the way, thanks to all the holders of personal planters who got back to us to confirm they’ll be using their planters this year – and to those who’ve let us know they’ll not manage this year.
- Saturday morning group sessions continue as previously publicised at both Grove 1 and Grove in the Park, and from the beginning of April, supplemented by Wednesday evening sessions, with a kind of core time from 6.30 to 7.30 pm, but everybody welcome to arrive earlier and finish later! New member Jayne T has offered to host the first three Wednesdays:) We’re always on the look out for hosts for these sessions, and for help with our other events – the main thing is to make sure that somebody is there at the starting time for the session, it’s not essential to be an expert gardener. Do get in touch!
- We’ve decided to commission an outdoor kitchen, perhaps with a pizza oven. We’ve already had a donation of the proverbial kitchen sink, and by the looks of a post on facebook a beautiful serving trolley! We’re aiming for the kitchen to be ready for June, and we hope to plan several vegetarian meals together that month – and if they’re successful, again in September.
- Our next big event is on 21 May, our spring party as part of National Vegetarian Week. Probably too soon for the outdoor kitchen, but food will be involved, as will the Junk Playground and Scrapstore bus, The Coming Out Of Hibernation event a week last Saturday was a great success, and the Playground and its materials are now available to use by members and their children at any time [a responsible adult member must be present).
- We’ve got a big bag of zoo-poo for Grove 1, and some of it will be taken to Grove in the Park – spread it with love:)
- We’re pleased to welcome the North Merchiston Club as an Associate Member – after the Easter break, their Playgroup will be starting to look after a couple of boxes at Grove in the Park.
- Next month’s members’ meeting will be on Tuesday 2 May, 6.30 pm at Grove 1
Saturday March 25th
Junk Playground and Scrapstore coming out of hibernation,
Come and join us at Grove 1 from 11.00 -2pm and we’ll have tea and cake and seed sowing too.
Monday 3rd April
Monthly Garden meeting at Tollcross Community Centre 6.30
All Grove members are welcome at these meetings.
Sunday 21st May
Grove 1 12.00-3pm
Spring party for all Grove members.
Bring and share veggie lunch, vegetable and salad sowing.
Saturday June 17th
Power of Food Festival 12.00 – 3pm at Grove 1 and on Sunday 18th 10.00 – 1pm at Grove in the Park.
We’ll need help on these days so please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday June 17th
Is also the Canal Festival and The Great Get Together (in memory of Jo Cox)
Have a look in the cabin and sign up to be in attendance for communal gardening sessions on Saturday mornings (at Grove 1 or Grove in the Park) Wednesday evenings (from April) and Thursday and Friday mornings to meet and greet our volunteers at Grove 1.
There’s a list of tasks on the chalkboards in the Grove 1 cabin and the toolbox at Grove in the Park, but you can use your discretion.
Our Gathering opened with a well-received presentation by Ben Dell of RBGE on ‘growing the market garden, growing food for RBGE’, followed by a lively question and answer session.
This was followed by our AGM, covering the usual formalities, including presentation of our Annual Report and election of our new committee as follows:
Chair: Wendy Lord
Vice Chair: Ann Burgess
Treasurer: Trudi Dorr
Secretary: Dave Leslie
members: Julie Jones, Nim Kibbler, Akiko Kobayashi, Sarah Marshall and Isobel Sheppard.