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

Posts Tagged ‘spring’

New arrivals and old friends

Gardens: you turn round and suddenly, flowers are out, fruits are forming and there are signs of early Summer.

We’ve seen our first ripe strawberries this week, spinach has been cleared before it goes to seed and in its place are new seedlings, grown off-site by our busy band of volunteers. More new varieties of food crop are making their way into the garden, this week mooli and a spinach-like plant that grows red and turns green when cooked.

And there are old friends too: poppies and aquilegia. Aquilegia was in our first year’s planting plan by artists Somewhere, who designed the garden. Each year, it self-seeds and these delicate little flowers cheer us all over again.

If you’d like to join us for some community gardening, our free, drop-in gardening sessions are on Tuesdays 1pm-3pm, Thursdays 4pm-7pm and Saturdays 11am-4pm. Unlike an allotment, we garden and harvest together. Stay for the whole session, pop in for an hour, ask us about the garden or just come and enjoy the peaceful urban green space. 

Big Dig dug!

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Digging, turning over, composting… We’ve joined in with the Big Dig, raised beds are dug over with trenches ready for potatoes and two patches are planted-up with broad beans and peas. We’ve shared the last pickings of our black kale with regular gardeners and new friends – and there’s been fantastic fruit cake by Dasha for the tea break.

Next up: Ready, Steady, Grow!, our event on 26 April from 1pm-3pm. Bring a picnic and enjoy some Spring gardening activities:

  • Help us plant pumpkins – and plant your own to take away and bring to our Pumpkin Day in September
  • Perfect Pumpkins – all about how to sow, grow and look after your seedlings
  • Bring your favourite pumpkin recipe for sharing
  • Make a stylish scarecrow
  • The grand opening of our new composting toilet, designed and built by our volunteers
  • And our ever-popular tea and cake stall

All activities are free. Drinks, food and honesty stall produce for donations to the garden.

 

 

The Big Dig: Saturday 22 March 10am-4pm

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This Saturday we’re taking part in The Big Dig alongside our regular garden club session from 10am to 4pm. If you fancy a go at community gardening but aren’t sure what it involves, come along, say hello and get growing. You don’t need to be an experienced gardener: just bring your enthusiasm.

You could be planting potatoes or broad beans, digging (of course), spreading compost, working on the fig tree, weeding around the fruit trees, working on the wildflower strip or doing some propagation. All in the beautiful setting of Abbey Gardens, started by the local community and now in its sixth growing season.

There will be garden tours by garden club leader Hamish and inductions for anyone new who’d like to join in with the day’s activities.

See you on Saturday!

 

Garden Haikus

These are all the haikus I managed to find hanging around Abbey Garden after our spring event. Maybe there are more?

A big thank you to everyone who participated in this (first ) creative writing workshop – I hope these were as inspiring and fun to write at the time as they are now for us to read!  Photos of them can be seen at our Flickr Group.

Blossom feeds the bees
before summer comes to us
baring fruit for all

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Shoe shoe blue
been
sea done

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The ground is ready
the rows of earth are laid out
it is time to plant

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Spring is here
sun, rain, cloud
seeds grow, feel alive again.

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I look for a weed
and maybe I will eat it
for dinner tonight.

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Is that a seagull?
drowned out by the sound of a plane
nature and city

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Artichokes mumble
in their bed
fat tongues half sleeping

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The bee likes yellow
as does the flowers
and me too

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The moment the rumble
of a train has passed by
a bluebird sings

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Feathered green for Spring
Blowsy pink petals, cherry red
Stripes for saving seeds.

– LT

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The Abbey’s old stones
so long alone, are brought alive by AG’s
plants, flowers and birds