Tooting Community Garden
Lots going on in lockdown!
Tooting Community Garden, led by Transition Town Tooting is a great community asset, where TTT enthusiasts, schools and other groups and the public come together to grow fruit and vegetables on a sustainable basis. http://transitiontowntooting.blogspot.com/
The garden team received a Team Award in the BATCA Community Awards made in March to recognise their outstanding work.
During lockdown, they’ve had to close the garden to the public, but there’s still lots going on.
Team members are coming in singly to keep the garden flourishing. There’s a mass of crops growing, including potatoes, broad beans, runner beans, mustard and salad greens, fennel, onions and garlic. Some will ready for cropping over the next few weeks, while others are destined for the renowned TTT Foodival in the autumn. ‘Sharing Seeds’ is a new initiative from the Garden team to encourage people to plant around the bases of street trees to create visual attraction, improve the soil and encourage pollinating insects. Find out more at https://sharingseeds2020.blogspot.com/p/welcome.html or visit @sharingseeds on Instagram.
More news from local gardeners! Update from Ilesh Patel of Miss U Stationers
Many of us look back fondly at Miss U Stationers in Trinity Road, which closed its doors at the end of February when Ilesh and Darsh Patel took well deserved retirement. Miss U was a great community hub. Ilesh is now immersed in his garden in Streatham. He writes:
” I have been keeping quite busy in my gardening project, I have built my shed (10 feet by 6 feet) in the garden, taking out all the weeds as well which is a task as this takes a very long time, but a little bit every day and I’ll get there. I’m also growing vegetables in my shed, tomatoes, basil, coriander, peppers, cress, beetroot, carrots, garden peas, green chillies, radish, spring onions, lettice, cauliflower, runner beans & lemon.
My brother is keeping busy with his paper work, and clearing out our basement and painting. He is missing Tooting especially as he always went to the Broadway to buy fruit and veg every day.”