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Are you green fingered? Are you keen to learn about gardening for your allotment? Perhaps you don’t have an allotment to grow fruits and vegetables in, but would like one?

 
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Just 5 minutes walk from the Martin’s Corner shop, Plantastic is an allotment where you can learn how to grow fruit and veg. Previously Plantastic was an unused patch of land overgrown with brambles and grass. In 2017, local resident Kathy worked hard to establish Plantastic as a community garden for all to enjoy. She hoped to create more space for neighbours to grow together and share nutritious plants, fruit, vegetables and herbs.

Last year Every One Every Day joined in to help bring the community garden to life for many more people. A group of local people created a shared plot with picnic benches, raised beds, a leaf bank and small Open Orchard for people to enjoy.

Allotment Bonfire

Tuesday 5 November | 3.00 - 5.00pm

95 Groveway, Dagenham, RM8 3XL

Build a bonfire to burn garden waste! It’s a fantastic way to reduce rubbish from the garden in an environmentally and family friendly way.

Kathy is hoping to collaborate with more neighbours to take Plantastic another step forward. There are 101 things you can do to keep this garden going and growing. From making teas, digging up raised beds, picking fruit, composting fallen leaves, bringing some seeds, weeding and harvesting. Join in some of the fun sessions which have been planned to see how you can help this mini Martin’s corner oasis thrive.

Juice apples from local orchards

Friday 8 November | 2.00 - 4.00pm 95 Groveway, Dagenham, RM8 3XL

Find out where your local apple trees are at Martin’s Corner, forage some apples and return to the shop to make the freshest apple juice!

 

Bees at Plantastic

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Bees are an essential part of our environment, join us as we explore the exciting world of beekeeping.

We’ll be finding ways to make beekeeping more accessible and affordable so more people can discover the secret life of bees.

This project will explore everything from hive design, “natural” beekeeping where they keep the honey and how to make green spaces near you more bee-friendly. So,

if you’re interested in creating a greener and safer environment for bees, hacking the design of hives and/or learning how to care for them - come along!

 

Creating Queen Bees

Saturday 9 November | 2.00pm - 4.00pm

95 Groveway, Dagenham, RM8 3XL

Join local beekeeper Maria to find out how bees create new queens and colonies. This is also an opportunity to learn more about the Freebees project and how you can get involved

Planting friendly plants for our community bees!

Saturday 9 November | 2.00 - 4.00pm

95 Groveway, Dagenham, RM8 3XL

Come along to throw seed bombs and plant bee friendly wildflowers for the Allotment’s new bees. Local beekeeper Maria will be around to share what she knows about beekeeping and raising queen bees.

 
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Breda believes organic growing is a win-win; important for healthy people and places but also a great way to connect with nature and wildlife

Whether you are brand new to gardening or an old hand, this is a space for people of all ages, to play and learn how to grow, maintain and harvest delicious fruits and veg. Everyone is invited to share their skills, knowledge, humour, tea-making and digging elbow grease to grow tasty vegetables. Join in to see what you and your neighbours can achieve.

d you like to learn about growing organic fruit and vegetables? Roll up your sleeves and be a part of this community allotment project.

The allotment is situated on land that was once Gale Street Farm - a little bit of unexpected countryside surrounded by flats, houses and a railway line.

Breda first became interested in Organic Gardening as a mature student studying for a degree in environmental sciences. She set up the Gale St Organic Co-op in Becontree and is keen to produce good quality food and cultivate healthy soil.

Sowing seasonal seeds

Thursday 31 October | 1.00 - 3.00pm

Behind the Co-op shop, Gale Street, Gale Street Organics, 492 Gale Street, RM9 4TP

Join this session to learn how to sow seeds indoors. We’ll be sowing onions, garlic, winter beans and carrots. Join Breda to find out what you can grow and harvest before the winter is through.

The secrets of soil

Thursday 21 November | 1.00 - 3.00pm 5 Porters Avenue, Dagenham, RM9 5YS

Join this session to learn more about soil composition and discover different ways to use coconut fibres to improve soil and plant nutrition. We will also plant some winter vegetables in our reinvigorated soil.

 

Plant winter veg

Thursday 28 November | 1.00 - 3.00pm

5 Porters Avenue, Dagenham, RM9 5YS

Learn what plants you can still grow in winter. Learn which organic winter vegetables you can plant and harvest before the winter is through.

Harvest

Thursday 5 December | 1.00- 3.00pm

5 Porters Avenue, Dagenham, RM9 5YS

From seed to supper, our winter veg have been on a journey. In time for our potluck supper, we will harvest some organic vegetables, to be prepared and enjoyed as part of the spread the following evening.