Help build the Donny Seed Exchange – #ILoveDN #DoncasterIsGreat #SeedFreedom

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Tomorrow (2nd October, 2013) marks the start of the Fortnight of Action for Seed Freedom 2013; a project created by the amazing Dr Vandana Shiva…

As part of the fortnight of action we’re creating Doncaster’s first free seed bank. With the help and support of the Doncaster Central Development Trust (that’s the DCDT *not* the DMBC!) we’ll be creating a space to freely exchange seeds at Church View (the former art college behind St George’s Minster opposite Tesco car park). We’ll also be planting some of those seeds in garden created by DUG earlier in the year.

Why is a seed bank and garden important?.. Let’s let Seed Freedom explain…

What is a seed bank?

A community seed bank is a network of seed saving and exchange, a site for exercising Seed Freedom. Seeds are collected, saved, grown out, multiplied, selected, distributed …and the cycle continues, the circles…

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#DoncasterIsGreat for Dedicated DUG Diggers!..

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Despite the rain a brave bunch of dedicated diggers turned up to begin the work of transforming a patch of weedy wasteland (not that we’re the type of people who believe in ‘weeds’)…

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…into an Apothecary Garden.

We began by selecting the plants we wanted to keep (there was already plenty of useful self-seeded plants such as sorrel, chestnut, dandelion, nettle, clover and elder) and then thinning out the rest so we could plant other food, herb and medicinal plants.

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The rain was a bit of a pain, but at least it made pulling the plants out easier ;-)

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We then selected our plants…

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…and marked them with our specially designed DUG tags…

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Many hands made light (if wet…) work…

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…and we soon had a wide variety of plants in place; including raspberry, mint, pak choi, rocket, chives, basil and oregano, to name but a few.

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We’ll be back next…

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#DoncasterIsGreat for Growing… come along and find out why…

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Come and join us next Thursday (May 23rd) anytime from 6pm onwards as we begin to plant an Apothecary (food, herbs and medicinal plant garden) at Church View (just behind the Minster opposite Tesco car park) and find out how growing your own can make you healthier while saving you a shed load of money.

Click here to download and share a copy f our Get Growing poster :-)

#DoncasterIsGreat for Growing in a Small Space… amendment

Please note the change of date on the following event…

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PermaFuture co-founder John Briggs will now be giving a presentation for Growing a Greater Bentley (GGB) on Growing in a Small Space at Bentley Baptist Church at 6:30pm on Tuesday, 14th May (rather than the 7th as previously stated). We’ll be following this up with a practical session in the heart of Doncaster at the end of the month, so watch this space for further details.

Click here to download, print and share a PDF of the altered poster. :-)

#DoncasterIsGreat for Growing in a Small Space…

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PermaFuture co-founder John Briggs will be giving a presentation for Growing a Greater Bentley (GGB) on Growing in a Small Space at Bentley Baptist Church at 6:30pm on Tuesday, 7th May. We’ll be following this up with a practical session in the heart of Doncaster at the end of the month, so watch this space for further details.

Click here to download, print and share a PDF of the poster. :-)

Next DUG meeting 25/4/13 at The Sal – #DoncasterIsGreat but could do with more #GuerrillaGardening

Originally posted on Doncaster Urban Growers:

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The next DUG meeting starts 7pm on Thursday April 25th at The Salutaion, South Parade, Doncaster. With International Sunflower Guerrilla Gardening day just around the corner, beer talk this time will cover the need for Guerrilla Gardening (more importantly the need for Guerrilla Forest Gardens) in Doncaster.

Don’t forget that you can get your hands dirty and your thumbs green this Friday (April 19th) in Balby… meeting at the front garden of The Plough pub on Balby Road just before Furnival Road and Balby Library at 12 noon… be there! ;-)

Click here to download a PDF of our April poster.

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Next DUG meeting 28/3/13 at The Sal… #DoncasterIsGreat #GuerrillaGardening

small DUG poster Mar 2013The next Doncaster Urban Growers (DUG) meeting is at The Salutation from 7pm on Thursday 28th March, 2013. As you can see from recent DUG posts members are itching to get active. With Spring in the air and mud on our minds you can expect some interesting debates and ideas! ;-)

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Something wicked this way come’s….

It’s been a year since i moved here to the Dragons weyr . A year of observation of the garden. A year of watching the sun and shade patterns. A year of watching the water flows and wind moving.

A year of watching. Well that’s over, now its time to get to work. This year I’ll put the veg garden in on the east side to get the most of the afternoon sun and the east wall will get turned into a living wall of salad greens.  To the south go the big green shade loving plants, like the rhubarbs and the water ponds…

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But first i have an admission to make. I hate ivy. Yep there is a plant i hate, and hate with a passion. And that’s ivy. I know it provides a rich habitat for many species but it just looks ugly, provides me with nothing. And it gets everywhere. It just has to go.

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But i believe in replacing like for like, so now I’m looking for a productive climbing plant. Hhmmm my mind races with the possibility’s, grapes, kiwi even passion fruit all spring to mind.

But wait there’s a grove of hops not far from here. The perfect solution ! A productive climber that has many use’s both as a medicinal plant and for flavouring BEER !

And so off to the sacred grove i go looking for a good selection of roots ( they are known as bine’s in the trade ) and what do i find ?? Our local council has been in and stripped the place out !! Grrrr it’s a scene of absolute devastation, every bush has been cut to the ground every tree viciously pruned….. Oh what to do ???

Then is struck me. They have only cut the plants down, not dug them out and clearing the site gives me better access, so in i go.

Whipping out the sacred trowel of plunder, in less than a minute i have four or five lengths of good thick hop bine ready to transplant.

So they go into a pot ready to spend the year getting established before they go into the ground permanently.

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Now just below the surface the bines are putting out new roots, and once they start to draw up their food the shoots will spring out to grasp for space and wine their way towards the light. At nearly an inch a day, some times 2 !!!

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Oh yes something wicked this way comes……. My hangover :-)