Despite a few blustery showers to begin with, we were lucky with another sunny day for garden volunteering down at Cordwainers Garden. Teams of people got stuck in with various tasks including bagging up soil, clearing and planting a new bed, cutting kindling with a newly sharpened axe, weeding rogue areas, planting bulbs, collecting leaves for leaf mould, patching up the shed and clearing out and re-arranging the composting corner. Fuelled by an almost continuous supply of tea from the storm-kettle (powered by wood) and a delicious spread from Cafe Morningside we got a huge amount done. We even dug up and relocated an enormous Callas Lily which had planted itself rather annoyingly in the dye bed.  It was great to have a mix of old and new faces at the garden, to share some of the heavy lifting and chat about Star Wars and the merits of science fiction over lunch. Thanks to all our hardworking volunteers, the garden has been given a new lease of life as it braces itself for the cold months ahead.

This Winter Garden Volunteer Day was organised by Cordwainers Grow as part of our Speed Greening project supported by Team London. 

We've edged this bit of the garden with sturdy herbs - rosemary, lavender, artemesia and mullein.  Fingers crossed they survive the dogs and drunks.
We’ve edged this bit of the garden with sturdy herbs – rosemary, lavender, artemesia and mullein. Fingers crossed they survive the dogs and drunks.


Delicious spread provided by Cafe Morningside - made from restaurant and shop surplus.
Delicious spread provided by Cafe Morningside – made from restaurant and shop surplus.
The storm kettle, fuelled by small bits of wood kept us tanked up with tea all day.
The storm kettle, fuelled by small bits of wood kept us tanked up with tea all day.
Lunch!
Lunch!
The worms are thriving in their home of kitchen waste.
The worms are thriving in their home of kitchen waste.
One of the most important jobs - sorting the compost and wormery so we have nutrients to add to the soil in the growing season.
One of the most important jobs – sorting the compost and wormery so we have nutrients to add to the soil in the growing season.
Adding a bit of weather proofing to the shed - old bee frames and plastic sheeting.  Just need to plug two drips now.
Adding a bit of weather proofing to the shed – old bee frames and plastic sheeting. Just need to plug two drips now.


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