BTW, for those who do not look at the Sydenham Town Forum
GARDENERS! We are looking to organize a plant swap in Sydenham. The idea is simple: on a given day, green-fingered enthusiasts will be invited to bring along seeds / cuttings / plants or edibles they would like to share. These will be presented together; anyone who brings something to the table will be able pick something else.
The gardens in the neighbourhood look amazing: there’s clearly a great pool of local gardening talent here. SPE could be a fantastic opportunity for gardeners in the area (and beyond) to get know each other while exchanging plants, tips and ideas.
We are looking to launch SPE with a “harvest-focus” event in September at a date and venue TBC. However the project only makes sense if residents feel that this is something which could be of interest - and gardeners come along with green goodies.
Do you have seedlings / cuttings or any garden products you would be ready to share? (It doesn’t have to be many). Would you be interested in coming along to a plant swap? Perhaps even in giving us a hand setting it up? If so please drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you.
Coline & Alex
Coline Milliard (Beaulieu Avenue)
I caught the gardening bug as soon as we moved to Beaulieu Avenue. My enthusiasm compensated (somewhat) for my utter lack of knowledge and experience. Four years in, it’s still very early days, but I’m more passionate and keener to learn than ever.
Some of the plants I grow: roses, mini-kiwis, cucamelons, purple haze carrots, raspberries.
Alex Gray (Hyndewood, Dacres Rd)
Similarly it was the novelty of having a garden (and then a small allotment) after having moved to the area from Central London that got me really into the whole growing/eating thing.
I am a keen cook so the chance to cultivate and experiment with vegetables not usually found in the UK has piqued my interest in gardening.
Some of the plants I grow: salsify, summer squash, chard, french beans.
and my comment:
Alex has approached me about this already, and I’m definitely in, and I’m going to see if the Field Study Centre and yard at Daces Wood could be used.
I’ve already done a great trade with Iris at Grow Mayow this year, getting a tray of pelargoniums for some of my spare seedlings. Most years I have grapevine and gooseberry cuttings to go, as well as surplus seedlings in spring, such as, this year, squashes, gherkins, cucumbers and winter savory - a personal favourite.
Oh, this year, I’ve also got gladioli flowering from second year corms, by which I mean at the end of 2015 they were just cormlets next to a main corm, and which last year I just grew on, without any flower appearing, and now this year I am getting flowers.