We want to encourage people to grow their own and to garden with wildlife and biodiversity in mind.
SinCH provides advice and support in person and through newsletters. We also raise donations for the group through plant and seed swaps as well as locally-grown seasonal fruit and vegetables. Bring your spare produce to our events or share it with neighbours.
Green Fingers at our coffee mornings
At our Lamb & Flag events our Green Fingers team bring you:
- Advice and support.
- Seeds, local plants and vegetables in season.
- An opportunity to bring your own surplus plants and seeds to swap.
- Occasional “hot spot” reports on related topics.
Please bring your own surpluses too. All donations received help SinCH sustain its activities and to develop new initiatives.
Please check out our Green Fingers newsletters for ideas and tips. The archive of these can be found at the end of this web page.
To receive our email giving full details of each event please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Growing Your Own
Why? How to get started?
No matter how little space we have available there is always something we can grow. The health benefits of growing your own are well known and produce will be fresher, taste better and involve way less food miles.
• A window sill can support houseplants, herbs and sprouting seeds.
• Many herbs, flowers and certain vegetables are quite happy in pots.
• If you have a garden you can make a raised bed or two, or you interplant herbs, vegetables and flowers to make a sensory kitchen garden.
• If you have a very shaded garden, a forest garden approach could also work.
What to do when
Vegetables and Herbs
Growing in containers?
Buy and eat seasonably
It’s not possible to grow everything you need but choose carefully with airmiles in mind. The best way is to buy as much local food as you can but only when it’s in season.
Compost and fertilisers
The best way to grow heathy plants and nutritious vegetables is to ensure your soil is well fed. There are a number of ways to do this but using manure and compost in the right place at the right time is extremely important.
Growing your own? Make as much compost yourself and supplement it with peat-free compost. Most composts use peat and the destruction of peatlands releases their stored carbon. The Staffordshire Wildlife Trust at Wolseley Bridge sells peat-free compost and increasingly garden centres such as the British Graden Centre at Wolseley also offer peat-free options. If they don’t, politely ask why not!
Gardening for Wildlife & Biodiversity
Sadly Britain has one of the worst records in the world on biodiversity. Over the last 60 years or more we have seen a collapse in the numbers of birds and insects together with a massive loss in hedgerows and wildflower meadows.
We are fortunate in our villages to have many green walks and we are never far from birdsong.
However we are not immune from the national trends so more can be done to reverse these trends.
Please see our Helping Nature Thrive web page for some ideas.
How to get started?
Also check out our Green Fingers newsletters for ideas and tips