01/04/2020 Potting on & Potatoes this week
There are plenty of jobs at the allotment. With seedlings quickly outgrowing their pots they are in need of potting on. A good tip to check for this is to look at the base and see if roots are showing through. These peas are definitely ready for their new home in the polytunnel, but if you are planting peas outdoors a layer of fleece will help against night time chills.
Keep up seed sowing, a few each week, to stagger the harvest. Growing on a windowsill can be great when you don’t have a greenhouse but don’t let plants get too used to being indoors, they grow towards the light and can get long but weak. When the weather is good put them outside bringing them indoors at night.
The good weather has encouraged us to plant our early potatoes. Although a frost would kill the plant, the tubers are protected under the soil. Dig a trough, plant approximately 10cm deep and then cover with more soil as they grow, encouraging the production of more potatoes and making sure the plant is protected from frost. Plant with the chit (shoot) pointing up and remember they will only start growing when the soil is above 6oC so a covering of fleece can help at this time of year.
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26/03/2020 It’s time to get Growing – News from the Allotment
It’s a busy time on the allotment and although it’s a little early to plant most veg in the ground the Growing Works team have been sowing seeds indoors. Broad bean seeds if you have them will be fine planted outside and we have some of those already in the ground. We find dwarf varieties best as they don’t require supports but they do all need protection from the pigeons.
Other seeds going in now are salad crops, peas, root veg, carrots and leeks. All indoors or under cover. In a couple of weeks we’ll be thinking of French beans, pumpkins, squash and courgettes which require more warmth. With tomatoes, these can be started off indoors now but need to stay in until after the last frost! Our early seed potatoes are happily sprouting. It will soon be time to plant them out but we need to be a little cautious.
Always keep in mind that advice for planting is generally given for the country as a whole and we all know that in Yorkshire there is always the chance of snow in April! Keep an eye on the weather and we’ll let you know when we’re planting and what, and with any luck the weather will be kind. Don’t worry about getting it right or wrong, just get growing, the worst that will happen is the seeds won’t grow, the best that you’ll get a wonderful crop of veg or fruit and the satisfaction that you grew it yourself!
We will be keeping you up to date on our growing spaces over the coming weeks and sharing ideas for growing in gardens, on windowsills, and using whatever comes to hand during social isolation via social media. Follow our story and please do send us your questions. Each Tuesday our growing expert will be posting answers to our media pages and we’ll be hoping to keep up with growth in your gardens – lots of pictures please!
2/10/19 Lab Project joined us for our outdoor cooking workshop.
31/8/19 Growing Works had a great time at Imaginatrix Festival
Check out this blog about the Imaginatrix festival in August Holistic Huddersfield- Imaginatrix Spirituality and Music Festival Volunteer Richard Blackburn was a massive help weaving willow and helping us to fight against the wind.
17/8/19 Young People learning bush-craft skills at Lindley Youth Festival
14/6/19 Fundraising cycling challenge
On June 14th 2019 Chris Taylor will be cycling 100 miles through Yorkshire and raising money for Growing Works. You can find out more about this event and support Chris through his local giving fundraising page – Click here.
16/4/19 With Spring bringing life back to allotments and gardens we have been celebrating in style, enjoying the increasingly accessible and wonderfully calming space at Wakefield Road Allotments at the Spring Awakening Event. Thanks to everybody that came along to share food, have a go at heritage crafts, and decorate and hunt for Easter eggs. We had a fantastic time and can really see the potential for this outdoor therapy space!
18/12/18 We had a great time crafting with volunteers at Paddock village hall on the 6th December – thanks to all those who helped out. All the crafty creations went down well at the POD in the Piazza event on the 11th.
The weather may be turning decidedly wintry but we have shelter at Wakefield Road with our newly finished Polytunnel! Thanks to everyone that helped make it happen – we will be continuing to meet there through the winter!
10/09/18 Our Sprout sessions are now running in both Dewsbury (at Crow Nest Park) and Huddersfield. We had a lovely time at Stirley Farm last Saturday making paints from wild berries we collected, trying out our own recipes at the juice bar and getting some weeding done. We even saw a deer!
02/08/18 Lots of families joined us at Crow Nest Park yesterday enjoying the sunshine for Food in the Park. We’ll be there again on Wednesday the 8th, 15th and 22nd August between 11am – 1pm.
12/07/2018 The weather was fantastic for POD at The Piazza Centre in Huddersfield on the 10th July. We had the support of our fantastic volunteers to deliver outdoor activities with delicious herbal teas and Hapazome Art on offer.
02/05/2018 Thanks again to Mark who ran the London Marathon in support of Sprout. It was an amazing achievement of 4hrs 8mins in the hottest marathon recorded. The money raised makes a massive difference to support families.
Still time to donate at https://localgiving.org/fundrai…/markwhitakerlondonmarathon/
13/4/20018 Even the British weather didn’t dampen the spirits yesterday for POD at Almondbury Community Allotment. It was great to see people cooking bread on the rocket stove and making fresh Houmous with wild garlic! The BUD group enjoyed the company and got stuck in planting up the allotment borders and putting in Peas.
6/3/2018 With help from the Volunteers we’ve been busy at our new growing site at Wakefield Road Allotments. It’s an exciting space with lots of potential as we get ready from the growing season.
25/12/2018 As we look towards the Spring we are excited to be Launching workshops at Dalton allotment in partnership with Community Learning Works. If you have an interest in the area, the Dalton Sure Start Centre and the allotment workshops, then join us for our launch session on Friday 2nd March, get involved and have your say on this resource for the community!
Watch this space for pictures of the projects as they gear up for the growing season!
20/12/17 A new home for Growing works
We owe a BIG thank you to our dedicated team of volunteers who have supported Growing works through a move this month! With lots of sorting and clearing, packing and moving to be done and just two weeks to do it all, our volunteers have been amazing. Thank you all!
From our new office at Paddock Village Hall, 9 West View, Huddersfield, we’re looking forward to the exciting opportunities this new space can offer.
The office will be closed between 22nd December – 8th January when we will be back promoting ‘Healthy Lives Outdoors’ and looking to the future with our great projects. Keep up to date with our plans for the new year through our latest activities page, Facebook, and Twitter, or call us for information on 07719 509703.
2/11/2017 Enjoying the Autumn sunshine with POD at Honley Community Centre
What a beautiful day to be outside! We had a great time at the Harvest Activities POD event. The sun was shining, and our fun outdoor activities were accompanied by music from the ‘sing in t’valley’ group.
Everyone enjoyed the warming pumpkin soup and mulled juice, and our younger participants particularly loved making, cooking, and eating the apple and banana fritters.
Thanks to all those who came along and particularly our Young Mentors and Volunteers who supported the various activities.
Preparing for POD – Harvest Activities in Honley
The team at Growing works are preparing for our next POD event which is happening this Friday 27th October at Honley Community Centre, Stoney Lane.
Come and join us – we have fabulous FREE activities for all to celebrate the Autumn season!
Hot pumpkin soup, bulb planting and willow lantern making.
How you can get involved…