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Friday August 7th – Master Gardener social meet-up

Come and catch up with your fellow Master Gardeners! We’ll be at King Henry’s Walk Garden on Friday August 7th for our lastest social meet-up.

Look round the lovely garden, have a chat and hear what other volunteers are up to.

Bring any left-over plants, preserves or pickles or any seeds to swap – especially for late summer sowing.

We’ll be coming into glut season soon, so if anyone has a good recipe for courgettes or runner beans bring it along.

There will be drinks and light refreshments.

Once again some of the project partners on the Growing for Health Programme will be joining us. It’s a good opportunity to find out what goes on in some of the community gardens.

Time: 5.30–7.30pm drop in whenever you like

What to bring: A drink or light refreshment contribution

Directions: The garden is off King Henry’s Walk in Islington, London N1. Take the turning on the left of the adventure playground, and follow the pavement to the metal gate right at the end. Go through that gate into the garden. Click HERE for detailed directions.

Look forward to seeing you there.

This event is only open to Master Gardeners and Growing for Health project partners

PLEASE RSVP to lscholefield@gardenorganic.org.uk to reserve you place.

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Master Gardener Training Day on Container Growing – Sat 4th October 2014

Master Gardener Training Day on Container Growing – Sat 4th October 2014

We hope you’ll come along to this fantastic opportunity to learn more about container growing.

The workshop’s morning session will cover What to grow in containers and spacing and cover choosing the best crops to grow in containers and what size containers are best.

We will also cover:

  •  How many plants can you grow in one container?
  •  What are the best recycled containers and where do you find them?

The afternoon session will cover Vertical growing, feeding and watering – Looking at simple, effective ways to grow vertically.

We will also cover:

  • feeding strategies for containers
  • when and how to use different fertilisers
  • how to re-use old compost
  • Six ways to make watering containers easier

All this in the inspiring surroundings of the Skip Garden at Kings Cross.

The afternoon will also include a discussion on your current Master Gardener Volunteer Activities (personal and community/project growing).

The day will run from 10.30-5pm, with plenty of interactive elements and opportunities to ask questions.

Handouts will be provided and you will also receive a selection of complimentary organic seeds to take home.

Workshop Leader

Mark Ridsdill Smith, Vertical Veg
Mark started growing food on his balcony in London, frustrated with waiting for an allotment. He founded Vertical Veg to inspire others, share his learning and to promote urban food growing as a catalyst for change. He offers training, talks, and an online club for container growers

Venue: Kings Cross Skip Garden:  Beaconsfield St – At the junction of York Way & Copenhagen Street, Kings Cross, London N1 0AX

Directions: To get to the Skip Garden, walk up Kings Boulevard from King’s Cross or St Pancras International station, cross Granary Square, and follow the Skip Garden signs.

Download and print off our handy map.

Please note: N1 0AX will get you close to the Skip Garden if you are using a satnav or smartphone to get here.

How to Book

Send an email to: Nynke Brett, Coordinator, North London Master Gardeners

This is an exclusive course for Garden Organic Master Gardeners. Free attendance with RSVP. Places are limited and deadline for responses is 29th September.

Want to know more about previous trainings?

See our Recent in-service trainings with testimonies

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MG Social Get Together at King Henry’s Walk Garden – Weds 20th August 2014

MG Social Get Together at King Henry’s Walk Garden – Weds 20th August 2014

We’re delighted to announce the next social event for Master Gardeners will be at the beautiful King Henry’s Walk Garden is Islington.

This is a chance to get together over a cold drink, wander around the enchanting garden, share stories, plan joint activities and learn from your peers.

Please feel free to bring seeds to swap, plants to exchange, and jams and chutneys to taste!

We will be welcoming project partners on the Growing for Health Programme. It will be part of a regular meet up which will be organised every few months, for us to share ideas about food growing, mentoring and supporting vulnerable adults.

Time: 6.30-9pm – just turn up when you can

What to bring: A drink or light refreshment contribution

Directions: The garden is off King Henry’s Walk in Islington, London N1. Take the turning on the left of the adventure playground, and follow the pavement to the metal gate right at the end. Go through that gate into the garden. Click HERE for detailed directions.

It’s a lovely community space with an indoor area if it rains or seating in the garden/patio outside if it’s sunny. It will be hired out entirely for our private use for the evening.
Look forward to seeing you there.
PLEASE RSVP to reserve you place.

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Sat 22nd Feb 2014 – Extra Training Day on Soil and Composting at the inspiring Skip Garden in Kings Cross

Sat 22nd Feb 2014 – Extra Training Day on Soil and Composting at the inspiring Skip Garden in Kings Cross

 

We hope you’ll come along to this hands on workshop to learn about soils,  their origins and types, and how you can identify what’s in your garden. We will also cover the relationship between plants and soils and soil microbes.

The workshop will continue in the afternoon to look at Composting & Wormeries looking at how these two systems work to produce rich organic soils and some tips to get the most from them in your garden or outdoor space.

All this in the inspiring surroundings of the Skip Garden at Kings Cross.

The day will also include a discussion on What’s Next for the Master Gardener programme? an update on future funding, as the current programme will be coming to an end in March, and so we will share ideas on further opportunities for volunteering.

And of course, we will be celebrating the achievements of the last 3 years of the Master Gardener programme with cake!

The day will run from 11.00-4.30pm, with plenty of interactive elements and opportunities to ask questions.

Handouts will be provided and plans for an open composter will be available on demand. You will also receive a selection of complimentary organic seeds to take home to start the growing season.

Workshop Leader

Paul Richens, of Blue Dome Energies,  is a well known urban horticultural trainer who designed the Kings Cross Skip garden for the charity Global Generation, as well as other challenging city growing sites.

Venue: Kings Cross Skip Garden:  Beaconsfield St – At the junction of York Way & Copenhagen Street, Kings Cross, London N1 0AX

Directions: To get to the Skip Garden, walk up Kings Boulevard from King’s Cross or St Pancras International station, cross Granary Square, and follow the Skip Garden signs.

Download and print off our handy map.

Please note: N1 0AX will get you close to the Skip Garden if you are using a satnav or smartphone to get here.

How to Book

Send an email to: Nynke Brett, Coordinator, North London Master Gardeners

This is an exclusive course for Garden Organic Master Gardeners. Free attendance with RSVP. Places are limited and deadline for responses is 10th February.

Want to know more about previous trainings?

See our Recent in-service trainings with testimonies

Composting Tips from Master Gardener Phil Guest

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