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It’s Chutney time again

Oct 21, 2016 | Posted by in recipes | Comments Off on It’s Chutney time again

The garden is starting to look ready for Autumn, the beans are finished and the squashes which have been romping across the community garden are ready to come out. The last of the tomatoes will be harvested this weekend, and today we took some green tomatoes off to make into chutney.  I used Pam Corbin’s recipe for Read more …

A feast full fun!

Oct 13, 2016 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A feast full fun!

Each time the Bandstand Beds team organise an event they worry whether it will be as good as the one before. Last year’s feast marked the opening of our community growing space on Windmill Drive and, despite the dreary weather, lots of people came along to see the new garden and enjoy the great grubRead more …

Common People Feast – Saturday 8 October 2016

Sep 27, 2016 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Common People Feast – Saturday 8 October 2016

The nights are drawing in and there’s a slight chill in the air, and what better way to say goodbye to summer than with a community harvest celebration. And that’s just what Bandstand Beds and The Spinney nursery are planning with our Common People Feast on Saturday 8 October, from midday until 4pm There’ll beRead more …

August harvest and Piccalilli

Aug 18, 2016 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on August harvest and Piccalilli

Our mid-week potter yesterday produced a fantastic harvest. Loads of cucumbers hiding away at the back of the polytunnel, courgettes – some rather more marrows, plus beans, tomatoes squash, and a few peas.  Some friends old and new turned up to help water, harvest and plan for Saturdays bring and share picnic. I took homeRead more …

July harvest and fresh food!

Jul 31, 2016 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on July harvest and fresh food!

A major harvest now in progress – mounds of runner beans, courgettes and squashes, cucumbers and our first sweet corn, tomatoes and aubergines. We gathered in the produce Lots of weeding around the beds targeting nettles which keep catching us out as we harvest. We let the docks grow on the site so we haveRead more …

Soggy Saturday

Jun 27, 2016 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Soggy Saturday

After all that rain we turned up at the Community Garden to find we had to wade through a big puddle to get in.  We managed to sweep the water out into the road and down a drain – thankfully unblocked thanks to Neil and Charles. Plastic water bottles get everywhere! Main tasks today wereRead more …

Pop-up pickling, preserving & picnic

Jun 16, 2016 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Pop-up pickling, preserving & picnic

The community food growing space on Clapham Common’s Windmill Drive, was a hive of activity on Saturday 11 June. We gathered our first harvest of the season, and already we are getting a taste of what is to come.         Picked, preserved and in a pickle     Head cook Diana workingRead more …

Common People – Saturday 30 April

May 22, 2016 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Common People – Saturday 30 April

The bandstand at Clapham Common came alive on Saturday 30 April for Common People. This event organised by Bandstand Beds (but really David and Simon!) and supported by This is Clapham, was a lovely spring celebration. We had a typical April day of sunshine and threatened showers, which luckily managed to steer clear of us.Read more …

April newsletter 2016

Apr 4, 2016 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on April newsletter 2016

Easter Plant Parade Our Easter Plant Parade on 26 March awoke to threats of blustery winds and rain — Storm Katie was heading out way! But undeterred, we set up our plant stall bringing our own brand of sunshine: daffodils and violas together with broad beans and bags of salad leaves harvested from the polytunnel.Read more …

Salad days?

Feb 20, 2016 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Salad days?

Winter Newsletter 2016 Last year was amazing for Bandstand Beds. We began 2015 with ambitious plans to work with London Borough of Lambeth to reclaim a corner of the green-waste depot (known as the dump) on Clapham Common, and transform it into a community food-growing garden. With the grant funding we raised enabled us to installRead more …