Hello everyone and welcome to the new kitchen gardeners newsletter, This season we have a new community garden team that will be on hand to help and support you as you plan your plots for the months ahead. And we have some great workshops planned to help you get your kitchen gardens up and running after winter, with everything from “plan your plot” to “kitchen garden clean up” days and more to come. It should be a fantastic season and all of us here at the community garden team are really looking forward to working with you to ensure that you can get the most out of your plots.

Your new team
This season we have a new community garden team that will be coming to your gardens to support you as you and your plots progress through the year, so please make them feel welcome and don’t hesitate to ask them for help or advice.

Your community garden team leader is Terry Oliver the Environment Manager with the council,
Joining Terry are Will and Lisa, your Community Gardeners who will be on site to help you with anything you require and Chris our Environment Apprentice. We’re all here to support you and your gardens so please don’t be afraid to give us a call or send an e-mail, we’ll be happy to help with any problems you encounter.

Events & Workshops in March & April
Throughout March and April we hope to get to all the kitchen gardens and meet you all!
Look out for out signs on your sites to find out went we’ll pop along, we’ll also send emails to you all in case we forget the signs!

Spring is here and it’s time to get on your plots and start growing, so to celebrate we are holding events at the following sites. There will be refreshments, Easter egg hunts, and giveaways!!!! All are welcome.

2nd April
Wornington, Whitstable, Portland Road and Edenham Way
3rd April
Worlds End Estate, Wiltshire Close and Sandhills

New Kitchen Gardens
Over the next couple of weeks we have some new kitchen gardens being opened, so we wish them the best of luck and a good season.

  • Russel Road
  • Robinson House
  • Ruth house
  • Oxford Gardens

Jobs On The Plot & Planting Advice

1.    Tidy your beds and prepare them for the coming season (and remember to dig out any potatoes that might be hiding in there!)

2.    Start thinking about what to plant, at this time of year the best choices are…

  • lettuce
  • broccoli
  • cabbage
  • peas
  • broad beans
  • potatoes

And remember you can sow some of your crops indoors on trays to get them ready for summer…

  • tomatoes
  • chillies peppers
  • sweet peppers
  • corgettes
  • squash

Water Matters…..
From April there is a hose pipe ban in place. You can still water your plot with a watering can. It is important to keep seedlings well watered, and not let them dry out. To make the best use of the water you have. It is better to water twice a week in the early evening, giving the plot a really good soak, rather than daily and lightly.

Now for the fun bits: We have two trips planned for you

The first in May is to the Chelsea Physic Garden, Situated in the heart of London, this 'Secret Garden' is a centre of education, beauty and relaxation. Chelsea Physic Garden was founded by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London in 1673 for its apprentices to study the medicinal qualities of plants.

The second is in June to St John’s Jerusalem, In Kent. This 13th-century chapel is surrounded by a tranquil moated garden. It has many ancient trees and heritage plants as well as stunning walled kitchen garden with many traditional herbs. Will Gould your new community gardener has looked after this garden for 12 years

If you would like to attend one or both of these trips then please let Will or Lisa know.

Questions and Answers: We are inviting you to send in your questions regarding your plots and we will answer them in the next newsletter.

Most bugs (apart from Slugs) are important to your plot. Ladybirds will eat greenfly; Bees will pollinate your crops ensuring that you get lots of fruit. Wonderful wriggly worms do the hard work under the soil. Bugs need somewhere to live, we will be building bug hotels at your sites throughout the year. We are inviting any budding designers amongst you to send in your ideas about what a bug hotel should look like, the wackier the better. Please either email the community gardeners or post to:

The Community Gardeners. The council offices, room 301, 37 Pembroke Road,
London W8 6PW

We have 3 prizes for the best. Entries to be in by the Friday 13th April

Sarah’s Leaving Drinks
On the evening of  Weds 11th April, we are having leaving drinks do for Sarah to thank her for all the hard work she has put in to this project over the past 3 years. We would love to see you all there. Exact Time to be confirmed:
Garden Bar
41 Bramley Road,
Notting Hill,
W10 6SZ

Please continue to get in touch with suggestions, tips, recipes and articles you have for next newsletter!

Remember to get in contact with us if you have any questions!

Terry Oliver on 0207 391 5689 or
Lisa Wilkinson on 0759 2718 133 or
Will Gould on 4474 3203 0067 or
Chris North on 0790 6520 506 or

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