Welcome to Abbey Gardens, a community garden in West Ham
surrounding part of the ruins of a
12th century abbey.

There are free garden club sessions and new gardeners are always welcome. The garden is open to visitors from dawn till dusk.


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Gardening sessions take place on
Tuesdays 1pm-3pm
Thursdays 4pm-7pm
Saturdays 10am-4pm

Pests and Potatoes

This Saturday the garden was a hive of activity, the fruit trees were weeded, the compost was turned and with the weather having been so dry we have had to start doing quite a bit of watering already. We also planted this years’ potato crop, the sun was shining making the task in hand even more enjoyable, we then sowed mustard greens and radishes in between the rows of potatoes as they are quick growing and will be harvested before the potato tops shade out the surrounding soil.

During the week I spent some time looking over the fruit trees and bushes, it is a really good thing to do at this time of year as any pest and disease problems can be found and solved early. One pest which I was expecting to find and did was gooseberry sawfly (pictured) on our gooseberries and blackcurrants, we had it last year and it is back again, the larvae of certain sawfly species eat their way through the leaves of gooseberry bushes and some currants very quickly, so as with all pest and disease problems it needs to be dealt with swiftly, in our case it means picking them off, which doesn’t take long and is made easier by the fact ours fruit bushes are trained as cordons, Gooseberry sawflies can have three generations a year and the larvae can be active from April to September so we will have to keep checking them over and picking off the larvae throughout the season.

There is plenty to do in the garden during the weekday garden club sessions this coming week, lots of beds to prepare and planting to do, weekday sessions are Tuesday 1-3 and Thursday 4-7, next Saturday is our spring event but there will be time for a few gardening tasks in the morning, throughout the event we will be sowing some kale, salads and flowers for our cut flower bed. Hopefully see you there!

Hamish (Garden Club Leader)