“Sowing the seeds of love”
Community gardens have been an important source of food for hundreds of years. As Goff showed us with his WW2 garden on Canoe Lake Park last year for SE in Bloom. In WW2, plots were set up on inner-city sites to provide affordable fruit and veg. Then in the 1960s, with a renewed interest in city green spaces, local residents transformed vacant sites, developing vegetable plots, and flower gardens, changing city landscapes. Building community and preserving community greenspaces.
Community gardens and allotments bring different cultures and generations together, bridging divides between ethnic, political and socio-economic groups. We have seen this renaissance in Portsmouth and Southsea, where residents and visitors have turned overgrown, littered spaces into beautiful orchards and flower gardens. These small acts of kindness have seeded ‘hope’ throughout the lockdown and begun rewilding the city.
At this time of global catastrophe, or potentially a new beginning, see how you can help?
By Sue Stokes (Founder Southsea Greenhouse)
Due to the current climate we will not be holding any get togethers for larger groups at the garden for the immediate future.
Winter in the vegetable garden. Little to do. Now is the time for those glossy seed catalogues
All the names you see in garden centres have online catalogues and there are many others. Some specialise in cheap packets of standard varieties, others in unusual or traditional varieties. Some source seeds from small producers and test them on their own holdings. It makes sense that such varieties are more suited to allotments and gardens than the F1 varieties bred for commercial growers where high yields and shelf life take precedence over taste. If you prefer a paper catalogue, most companies will send one on request. Beware though! Every variety sounds perfect. Read between the lines! If it is just ‘reliable’ and ‘high yielding’, you can be sure it won’t be top for taste. Relax in front of the fire with your catalogues and dream of next year’s bounty. Next year’s harvest is always the best one yet!
By Goff Gleadle
Tuesday 12th January 2021
All of us at Southsea Green hope you’ve had a peaceful and healthy Christmas. It may feel like things couldn’t be more upside down than they have been this year but we can find deep comfort in knowing that through nature’s eyes 2020 has undoubtedly been more rich and peaceful than it has been in years. Cleaner air and cleaner seas I’m certain there was as we all locked down and used less. Fresh air and green space never felt so precious. As we wait for a time when we can safely embrace each other once again, being grateful for and embracing the natural world and things that many of us have taken for granted, things that turned out to be everything we needed, comfort in a world of uncertainty. New appreciations for the sound of the waves or the shade from a tree, the appearance of buds or the humming of bees.