Category Archives: 2 Growing and Food

Can you help SusWoT to get more people to grow their own?

OUR AIM

We aim to help local people start to grow their own.  We have been doing this since 2011.  We try to get people started by providing plants that are ready to be grown on.  We started with tomatoes about 1500 of them! And have since moved on to about a dozen different vegetables.

WHAT WE OFFER

In 2016 we expect to offer the follwoing plants:

  • Tomatoes various varieties
  • Chilis
  • Beans, french, runner, borlotti
  • Squash, butternut
  • Pumpkins
  • Cabbages
  • Cauliflower
  • Herbs, coriander, parsley and others

And the following seeds:

  • Luttuce, various
  • parsnip
  • beans as above and broad

The abaove seeds and plants can be used to enter the Village Show in September.

CAN YOU HELP?

If you would like to help with this project please be in touch.  If you have a greenhouse and could spare a little space that would be fantastic.

Getting Growing

The first seeds were sown on 16 February, about 200 tomato seeds.

FEBRUARY 21

The first are starting to germinate!  When they are about 10cm high these plants will be transplanted to their own little pots.20160221Tomato Seeds germinating

Eat WoT U Grow Lunch 2016

When: Sunday 2 October 2016 12:30 for 1:00 to 3:30pm

apples

Apples by Crabchick

Where: At The Scout Hut at the top of Great Brockeridge Westbury-on-Trym

The idea behind this annual social community event  is that Matt, a trained ex professional chef, will prepare, cook and serve 50 to 60 inquisitive people a three couse lunch from local season produce.  Although the title suggests you have to grow your own food, this is not a pre-requisite for coming to enjoy the three couse meal.  We will be selling our well accepted apple juice and you are welcome to bring your own wine.

If you do have s surplus of fruit or vegetables let us know and we may be able to use it.

If you would like to come, or have surplus produce or just want to learn more contact us at: suswot2050@gmail.com .

 

 

Village Show

Do come and visit our stall at the Westbury-on-Trym Village show this Saturday, 5th September from 11m-5pm.

  • We will have a new tranport display attempting to make sense of the myriad of alternatives to car travel in the city.
  • Sign up for our locally-sourced community lunch on Sunday 20th September – see the report of our last lunch here.
  • Meet the SusWoT worms as they chill in their 5-star wormery.

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Apple Pressing Saturday 18 October at Falcondale Road Allotments

SusWoT will be at the National Trust apple pressing event which runs from 11am to 3pm.   We will also be showing off one of our wormeries and selling overwintering broad beans seeds very cheap to plant in the next month.

Bring along some apples and go home with some tasty, fresh juice. Don’t forget to bring a bottle with you!

Have a go at making your own juice with the National Trust. Find out how to use a scratter before flexing your muscles with the press!

For more information please email Nicole at nicole.daw@nationaltrust.org.uk or find us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/LeighWoodsNT or http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/leigh-woods

Enter The Westbury-on-Trym Village Show Sat 6 September

SusWoT has its own category at the Village Show this year.  There are three SusWoT Categories at the village show.  You will need to enter by 5pm on Tuesday 2 September, Entry Information is here.

Class  TITLE
 91 Plant or Produce Grown from SusWoT Seeds or Plants  Open to All
 92 My First Plant or Produce  New Gardener
 93  Vegetarian Dish (sweet or savoury) where the main ingredient is home grown  Maximum Diameter 8″

Good luck.

Wormery report

I received my wormery in March and raring to go set it up straight away. The instruction leaflet seemed a bit odd but I followed the instructions anyway. Only later, after checking online did I realise my instinct had been correct and the instructions weren’t. (This was to do with covering the base with newspaper to stop the compost falling through). Anyway I hoped it wouldn’t matter as I didn’t want to start all over again.

I positioned the wormery in the garage hoping the worms would like the shelter, and put the lid on tight to make sure they could not escape. For the first few days they roamed around all over the inside of the bin. After a few days I started feeding them, as far as I could according with the instructions, giving them a small amount of food waste to begin with. However I was not sure what a small amount was so I erred on the side of caution.

Nearly two months later they are still there, they don’t seem to have eaten much of the food waste I have put in and they haven’t produced any liquid fertiliser. They have been moved to outside the back door and I’m feeding them eggshells and making sure the waste is not too wet. I hope they start being more productive soon. It would be interesting to know why some wormeries get going so much faster than others.

Wormery update

Earlier in April my family were the lucky recipients of a Suswot wormery. It was easy to assemble (with a little help from my toddler) and we positioned it in a protected corner of our garden. We send the postcard to receive our worms, which arrived through the post a few day later, much to the amusement of my 4 year old! We followed the instructions carefully and only added small amounts of kitchen waste initially to allow the worms to settle in, grow and get their speed on!