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It’s not just Apples that get donated

We were delighted to use donations of fruits this year. In particular, the pears we received from Pat in Blackley led to the discovery of a fabulous recipe for upside down pear and ginger cake. One of our members, Joan,…

Ten Years Old, And Still Growing

Our Prestwich Incredible Edible initiative is celebrating a decade of growing local food, supporting local communities and helping tackle local health issues. We recently marked the tenth anniversary with a visit from Bury South MP, Christian Wakeford. Inspired by the original…

A word about weeds

What is a weed? Well, a weed is any plant growing somewhere that we, as gardeners, don’t want it to grow. Therefore, any plant has the potential to be a weed, or to not be a weed. A rose bush…

Growing your own vegetables: Tip 2

Prepare your soil extremely well When I’m creating a new bed, or cultivating an area for the first time, I like to start by double-digging.  This means digging a hole or trench (depending on how big the area is) to…

Growing your own vegetables: Tip 1

Are you planning to grow some vegetables?  Are you are beginner?  Wondering how to start? Any good gardener has learnt through experience.  They know their soil well and they know what grows in the different parts of their garden –…

Meanwhile at St Mary’s…

On Saturday 20th May we met in glorious sunshine to tidy and do some planting. We worked hard, and the beds look neat now after 3 of us clipped the grass around each one. Luckily we managed to get it…

Buttercups are mean and look like strawberries

As a beginner gardener, one of the first things I’ve learnt is how to tell apart buttercup leaves from strawberries. To the untrained eye, they look exactly the same. Buttercups, though, are mean: they’re considered a weed when you’re growing…

Philips Park Saturday

Yesterday we completed and filled the planter that the Boom group recently built. We are also experimenting with strawberries planted in pots and fastened to the fence in the hope that it will offer some protection from the local rodents!