The Gardener's Shed

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I don’t know about you, but I am missing spending time at my allotment and gathering with others usually around someone’s shed to discuss what’s growing (or not), the lack of rain and what’s next on the task list, often with a mug of tea in hand. 

If you read the papers, watch the news, or read articles online (including our blogs!), you will see that there is a plethora of hints and tips on how to garden during lockdown or how to make the most of it, through to windowsill and growing indoors.  In The Guardian there was an article on ‘The garden helps me cope with the virus’ and ‘How the Chelsea Flower Show is aiding the NHS through to the article in Horticulture Week, which cites ‘Gardening TV proves to be lockdown hit.’  We’ve also seen a huge interest in gardening – it’s great to see that lonely millennials are turning to gardening, like many others – we all know now that compost is as difficult to get now as flour!  So, it would seem that Covid-19 has transformed many in to growers.

I learnt all I know about growing through advice from other gardeners - often being directed to must read magazines or books.  So, how do we make sure that gardener hints and tips are shared and exchanged during lockdown … like most things nowadays we’d like to take the conversations online.  I don’t know about you, but since lockdown was enforced, there’s an awful lot of us become a little more tech-savvy, so we thought we’d give it a go. 

We need a bit of structure, so we initially propose the following, but will of course take advice from our participants, so please feel free to suggest how our online meet-ups might be improved:

  • A 10 minute presentation / discussion on a particular gardening topic
  • Discussion: what have we all been doing this week
  • A question and answer session
  • Sharing our ‘nature’ photo gallery display

Thursday mornings 10am – 11am

Thursday evening 6.30 – 7.30pm

First session Thursday 4th June 2020

To join just e-mail franie@octopuscommunities.org.uk and she will send you a Zoom invitation.

If you don’t have Zoom, you can download the app for free to your phone, tablet or computer.  It’s really simple to use. You then click on the link in the e- mail and hey presto you can join the group!

Looking forward to seeing you for a gardening chat!

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