The site for growing, cooking and eating vegetables.
This month: Germination, Propagation and lots of excitement planting seeds
Growing from seed
From a workshop with young growers at Cultivate Waltham Forest we bring you tips on propagation..
And Rudi Radishes gives his tips on indoor and outdoor germination.
Bodhi the proud red pepper grower
Kids: Have you ever grown something from seed and then eaten it? Would you like to try?
Great, you’re in the right place. How about: Meeting the Seedizens, watching some speedy beans, or writing to us with your news.
Grown-ups: Our website is packed with simple and playful activities so you can try them with kids or on your own.
Places to start: Read this weeks sustainable edible news, try a recipe, start a growing project.
Ethical, original and educational gifts
Shop: Get growing at home. We have a growing collection of ethical, original and educational gifts for children and grownups that will have everyone excited about growing, cooking and eating their own vegetables. Your purchase supports our project.
Workshop 1, Wednesday July 29 : 10am – 12pm : Culpeper Community Garden, Islington. CLICK to book your place
Workshop 2, Wednesday July 29: 2pm – 4pm: Roots and Shoots Garden, Kennington. CLICK to book your place We’ll seek out some rare bees like this Heriades. Be inspired to design and make your own solitary bee home by witnessing the largest manmade solitary bee home in London the Trellic Tower.
Wild Bee Comb
Workshop 3, Friday July 31: CLICK to book your place 10am – 11.30am : Pop Brixton, Brixton
Join us in the Greenhouse at POP Brixton. We’re going to build a giant wild comb and make your own designer solitary bee house. Bring your purse and get a delicious juice and stay for a delicious healthy lunch from HOME GROWN.
Bees pollinate our fruit and veg
Workshop 4, Friday July 31: CLICK to book your place 2pm-3.30pm : Calthorpe Project, WC1X 8LH
Heloise from Bootstrap Bees will share the sounds from inside her honey bee hive. Bring a picnic and enjoy the afternoon in this enchanting urban garden.
Trellic Tower for Bees
Working with Secret Seed Society, the Museum of Architecture has designed four workshops aimed to teach children – and their parents and carers – how bees in the city live and show how their lifestyles are similar to those of people. Secret Seed Society’s Amy Cooper will describe the importance of bees in our ecosystem and where you can find them in London. This interactive workshop is full of experiences, games and crafting which will grow you and your child’s knowledge and appreciation for bees and their vital role in our ecosystem. The second half of the workshop is your chance to use some of your new knowledge and creative flair to make your own designer solitary bee home, to take away and hang in a tree near where you live. Materials and supplies for bee house designs are included in the ticket price. Children must be accompanied by an adult with no more than 3 children per adult.
Here’s our recommendation of the 10 best vegetables which you and your children can grow from seed. We’ve chosen them for their variety in colour, flavour, shape and seasonality. This selection of vegetable seeds will teach your children about how a seed germinates, the conditions that they need to grow into plants and how to harvest the different parts of the plants for food.
- 1 cup of flour: wheat, spelt or buckwheat if you want them gluten free.
- 1 cup of liquid: dairy milk, water, soya milk, nut milk.
- 1 egg: or leave out the egg and add some extra liquid, mashed banana or apple sauce.
- Pinch of salt
- Baking powder: not essential but for a fluffier Flipper
- Spoon of grease: butter, oil or goose fat, if you dare.
During Henry Fawcett Open Day
London Early Years Foundation see active play at the heart of the learning which takes place at their nurseries. This Spring their open days for parents focused on growing activities and they designed some fun workshops around the Secret Seed Society characters and online activities. Which you can try at home or at your nursery.