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The Apothecary Garden

To be situated in the Victoria Park Health and Wellbeing Garden, the Apothecary Garden features a range of plants which are known for their medicinal qualities

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Incredible Edible Frome

Transforming unused areas of Frome into flourishing beds of fruit, vegetables and flowers

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Frome Community Gardens Group

Supporting Frome's community gardens and helping to create new ones

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Valentines Potato Day and Seed Swap 2016

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Roses are red, Violets are blue, we have all of these and seed potatoes too!

The Growing Frome Potato Day and Seed Swap will be on Sunday 14th February 2016, from 10am – 3pm, at the Cheese and Grain, Market Yard, Frome, £2 Donation

See www.fromepotatoday.org.uk for more details

This incredible event is the best way to get your gardening year off to a good start!

The perfect place to find your Valentines gifts and a great day out for the whole family!

This year Pennard Plants will have a total of 87 varieties of potatoes available, including blight resistant, early, new and main crop…

As well as potatoes they have 6 varieties of Shallots, 8 varieties of Onion sets, 4 varieties of Rhubarb, over 600 varieties of seeds, unusual tubers in Oca, Ulluco, Mashua and Chinese Artichokes plus loads more. If you don’t like veg they even have 11 varieties of Dahlias!

There will also be heritage varieties, there will be organically and locally grown plants and seeds, many unusual and fun varieties, small quantity seed packets (ideal for the frugal gardener), spring bulbs, bee-friendly plants, to fill the garden with colour and beauty, and a wonderful range of meadow flowers suitable for any garden.

Of course there is the Community-run Seed Swap so get your spare seeds and brown envelopes out!

…And don’t forget all of the fantastic talks and workshops

  • Children’s activities throughout the day
  • Gardener’s Question Time with Somerset’s own fabulous garden designer Kath Crouch BBC GARDENER OF THE DECADE!! (2008)Ask Kath any burning questions about garden design…Kath designs beautiful tiny gardens to large private gardens and also does commercial work for local town councils and businesses. She was BBC Gardener of the Year 1999 and has also won Gold at Taunton Flower show!
  • Growing for Booze with the Two Thirsty Gardeners
    Local authors Nick Moyle and Rich Hood’s new book, Brew it Yourself, features alcoholic drinks recipes using homegrown and foraged ingredients. Discover how their cider making hobby grew into making wines, beers, liqueurs and more through their popular website, and learn how some of their favourite home grown ingredients can be turned into delicious booze.
  • Find out how to ‘How to grow beautiful roses for your loved ones’ with Monika Ashman from the local Wild Thyme Nursery
  • Join Mary Cross our local willow weaving teacher from Organic Matters, for a Valentines taster session. A Bargain at £10 for 2 hrs, families welcome, booking advised. Contact mary@organicmatters.co.uk

Yummy food will also be available at the Café@The Grain

Volunteers welcome to help make the day run smoothly contact incredibleediblefrome@gmail.com to come and join the fun

Dippy and Green Spaces News

You are invited to join the Dippy and Greenspaces group in some conservation tasks on the second and fourth sunday of April 10-12am when they hope to complete the path widening project. They will also be planting a fruit tree near the culver hill entrance on Tuesday 14th of april at 6:30 p.m. . they would like many people to turn up then as possible for a photograph. They are also going to spreading woodchip under trees in may in preparation for sowing native british wild bluebell and wild garlic to improve the wildflower diversity of the wooded areas. The group are also exploring with land owners and others additional sites that need some tender loving care.

Victoria Park Health and Well-Being Garden Children’s Design Competition

Frome Community Garden’s Group, Apothecary Garden Frome and Incredible Edible Frome are working together to design and create a beautiful new ‘Health and Well-being Garden’ in our very own Victoria Park!

Frome Town Council has been very supportive and provided a fantastic large space for us to transform. This space includes the underused pitch and putt green in the western area of the park, near the gate to Weymouth Road.

The Health and Well-being Garden will include a medicinal growing space, an edible growing space, a space for education and keep fit classes. It will be accessible to all and provide a valuable and productive community resource.

Part of the design process and community consultation, which is drawing on permaculture principles, is the exciting design competition for children and young people.

At the Growing Frome Potato Day and Seed Swap on Sunday February 8th, the Victoria Park Health and Well-Being Garden Children’s Design Competition was judged by the community attending the event.

The children were really inspired! All of the entries were of a fantastic quality and the designers hope to use elements from them all!

All entrants have received a lovely certificate to mark their participation, however some of the designs were really outstanding, and on Thursday 12th March Frome’s Mayor, Peter Macfadyen sporting an Incredible Edible Frome chain of office, awarded prizes to those chosen by the public. Prizes included some wonderful children’s gardening books donated by Hunting Raven Books.

The outstanding entries were
Jessica Brown age 8, Sean Westmacott-Walker age 6, Lottie Allin age 6, Steiner School Class 4 age 8/9 , Gabriella Brown  Macey Light, Paige Ellis and Paige Davies ages 8/9  from Nunney 1st school, and Xanthe and Jessica age 9 from the 8th Brownies

The designers wish to thank all of the 66 children involved and their adult helpers, they also hope to create plenty ofopportunities for the children to be involved in the creation of the garden in the future.

If you would like to get involved in the Health and Well-Being Garden please contact incredibleediblefrome@gmail.com or 07857437608

 One of the prize winners Jessica Brown Age 8 with Frome Mayor Peter Macfadyen and Caroline Wajsblum from Incredible Edible Frome (picture provided by Incredible Edible Frome)

Launch of Growing Frome at Potato Day and Seed Swap Sunday 8th Feb 10am-3pm

Banner_cropped‘Growing Frome’ network to be launched at the Growing Frome Potato Day and Seed Swap http://fromepotatoday.org.uk/on Sunday 8th February 10-3pm at the Cheese and Grain, Market Yard, Frome, FREE ENTRY!!

With everything the keen gardener or allotmenteer needs, the event is the best way to get your gardening year off to a good start!

The will be the Community-run Seed Swap so get your spare seeds and brown envelopes out!

The launch of the new Growing Frome network: linking the growing projects and interest groups of Frome together to encourage cooperation, create strength and resilience.

It will also be your opportunity to view and help judge the ”Victoria Park Health and Well-being Garden” Children’s Garden Design Competition!!!

…And don’t forget the talks and workshops – free with entry to the event. This year you will be able to learn about…

  • Growing food; Children’s activities throughout the day with Incredible Edible Frome
  • Growing potato’s with Chris Smith from Pennard Plants,
  • The Incredible Edible Revolution with Pam Warhurst coming all the way from Incredible Edible Todmorden in Yorkshire!
  • No Dig Gardening with Charles Dowding
  • Growing, foraging and making your own garden fertilisers, plant foods and remedies with Steph Hafferty
  • Sustainable Growing: how we can garden and farm more locally and more ecologically with Chris Smaje from Vallis Veg
  • AND….there will be fantastic cooking demonstrations showing how to use up those yummy potatoes! Including delicious Aloo Gobi and Cheesy Potato cakes for kiddies!

 

Of course we will have the huge range of seed potatoes from Pennard Plants, this year also including several good quality blight resistant varieties (if you want large quantities, you can order them in advance) and hundreds of different types of seed.

As well as heritage varieties, we’ll have organically and locally grown seeds, many unusual and fun varieties (fancy some purple carrots this year? or stripey tomatoes?) and small quantity seed packets (ideal for the frugal gardener).

You can also expect to find onion and garlic sets, fruit bushes and canes, and rhubarb crowns.

We’ll also have some excellent local suppliers of spring bulbs, fragrant and bee-friendly plants, to fill the garden with colour and beauty this year, and a range of meadow flowers suitable for the garden.

Phew! So don’t be a couch potato… come and join us for a day of family fun!!