GROW FOR GOLD MONTHLY GIVEAWAY

July 26, 2012 at 1:53 pm Leave a comment

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WHAT TO DO IN YOUR GARDEN IN JULY
Grow for Gold are holding monthly prize giveaways. May/June’s winner was space 1474 Rydal Water Gardening Club in Camden with a great entry. Rydal Water gardening club has won a Mini Summer veg patch courtesy of The Seed Pantry and Tom Moggach’s new book “The urban kitchen gardener”.
 
This month you can be the winner by just sending 1 or 2 photos of your work in the garden. The winner will be selected randomly from those who provide photos of what they have been up to and have registered their food growing space to a Grow for Gold category!
Tasks
  1. For the tomato growers: Check Garden Organic’s Tomato troubles factsheet which tells you all about what can go wrong with your Tomatoes http://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/organicgardening/tomato_troubles.php
  2. Harvest your early Potatoes: For those potato fans early varieties are ready to harvest! You may not think so as your crop may not have flower yet. But be careful, not all varieties produce flowers so do a trial. Dig one of your plants and see what is happening
  3. Harvest: This season has been slow but if you planted leafy greens like chard, lettuce or rocket this is the time to harvest, also don’t forget to plan new ones or seedlings (don’t leave the soil bare!)
  4. Sow outdoors: There are many vegetables that you can start growing outdoors such as Calabrese, Cauliflower, Chicory, Courgettes, Marrows, pumpkins, French beans and pak-choi.
  5. Identify your pest: Send a picture of any pest you have in the garden and its name. You can look up on the internet the best way to avoid and manage pest. A good place to start is this document produced by garden organic http://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/pdfs/international_programme/PestDisease.pdf
  6. For those of you interested in raising some money for your project while not find out about Urban Food week. This is a great chance for you to experiment with growing produce to sell – with support on what to grow, and help to find a great local restaurant to showcase your produce in September.  More information email alice.capitalgrowth@gmail.com or visit http://www.capitalgrowth.org/themes/growtosell 
Grow for Gold update: So far 165 Capital Growth members have signed up to the Grow for Gold competition but only 48 have picked their category. It’s easy to do – just go to the member’s area and enter your email and access code
http://www.capitalgrowth.org/login/
There are great prices to be won and recognition for winning the competition, so what are you waiting for? The categories are
    • The bee-friendly food garden
    • The enterprise food garden
    • The people’s food garden
    • The inspiring food garden
Grow For Gold are also in the process of judging the Learning food garden category which closed earlier as it was targeted at school. 3 participants will be visited and the results published shortly.
What are the prizes this month?
  • A selection of seeds from our friends at the Seed Pantry, to keep you growing all summer!
  • Tom Moggach’s new book: Written from Tom’s first hand experience working in gardens across the capital, The Urban Kitchen Gardener offers the definitive guide to which plants and techniques work best. Individual sections tackle pests and diseases, saving seeds, taking cuttings, green gardening and preserving your harvest. See more here http://tom-moggach.com/book.php
When is the deadline?
Send the photos to paola@sustainweb.org by Monday 13th August 2012.
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