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

Potato planting

Last Saturday we sowed the Abbey Gardens wildflower strip, the weather was perfect, and after all the hard work volunteers have put in over the past month or so digging it over it was nice to see the job done. Once those thousands of seeds have germinated we will be thinning them out and pulling out any weeds popping up that may crowd out the developing plants and by mid summer some of the species in the mix should be flowering.  If you want to read a bit more about some of the plant species in the wild flower mix there will be a sheet on the notice board in the cabin. Looking forward to next Saturday (9th april) we will be planting potatoes, there are so many different varieties of potatoes and when growing your own food it really is worth trying new varieties each year as you may come across something you really like. Testing different varieties that you may not be able to buy at the greengrocer is one of the many benefits of growing food, and on a small scale a varieties characteristics and how well they grow in different situations is all important. We always want to know what people think of the different varieties of all the fruit and vegetables grown at Abbey Gardens and if you are interested in letting us know what you think, you can do just that on the plant database, just ask next time you’re at a garden club and we will let you know how.  Last year the potatoes did fantastically well, we grew eight varieties  Maris Bard, Orla, Amorosa, Nicola, Maris peer, Charlotte, Anya and Coleen, we  had quite a lot of them, the two biggest beds at Abbey Gardens full of them in fact. This year we will be growing Aaron Pilot, Maris bard, red duke of York and Charlotte. Potatoes are heavy feeders so we will be using lots of compost and chicken manure pellets. Although potatoes survive perfectly well with not much water, we won’t get as good a crop unless they are given a fair amount, most importantly once they start flowering as this is when the tubers really start to increase in size, if you are one of our volunteers who do a lot of watering please bear this in mind. If you want to learn a bit more about growing potatoes I will be going through exactly how we need to plant and care for the potatoes at Abbey Gardens and the different ways in which you could grow them yourself at home, I will also be going through what pests and diseases could affect our potato crop, if more people know what to look for, the quicker we can catch any problems. We will make a start on the potatoes at about 12.30 but as always the garden club will start at 10.00 am. Here’s hoping for another great potato harvest!  Hamish (Garden Club Leader)