This autumn Martha received a grant from the Merlin Trust to visit gardens in Japan to learn about creating gardens for wellbeing and learning.
Culpeper is an amazingly hard-working oasis in the city providing a wealth of benefits for people and wildlife and this was an exciting opportunity to learn about techniques from a different gardening tradition.
As more and more of us live in urban environments, creating gardens that really work for cities becomes ever more important.
Read her report about the gardens she visited here
New Year - New shoots! We've been awarded our #first500 for our year of growing. We have £500 to invest in seeds, bulbs and plants to share with our plot holders and grow with volunteers and community groups throughout 2017. There's even enough for compost to plant things in and new hand trowels to dig with. Very glad of the support - we planted our first few chilli and tomato seeds today. They will have to stay inside until it gets warmer!
If you'd like to support the garden - you can donate here:
Do you love growing flowers and other ornamental plants? We have a few plots available at Culpeper which are looking for new caring owners. We will supply tools and help and advice so you do not need to be an experienced gardener - you just need energy, time, and enthusiasm.
The plots at Culpeper are for people who do not have a garden of their own and who live in the local area - map of our catchment area here, and please contact us if you are interested in a plot or have any questions:
Thanks to everyone who came to our AGM on Sunday and to all the committee for their work and support of the garden. Here's our annual report - do have a read and send us any feedback, thoughts or suggestions:
It's been a dry August so keeping on top of the watering will help your plot from getting too dry and dusty. Now is also a good time to tidy up annuals and hardy perennials like Geraniums which may have finished flowering and started to fall over in untidy heaps.
This is the month to order bulbs and think about which ones you would like to add for next spring. There's such an array of shapes and sizes there will be something to suit no matter how much space you have. Bright yellow Aconites are a lovely way to brighten up winter or maybe some Chionodoxa luciliae Boiss – Glory in the Snow.
Splitting perennials can be done this month and it's also our Autumn plant sale on October 9th so any clumps that have become too big can be divided and found a new home! Spliting plants like this is not only a good way to propagate and create new plants but it also helps plants stay healthy and vigorous. There's advice on how to best to it here from the RHS. This technique is suitable for many of the plants which thrive at Culpeper such as Anemone, Aster, Bergenia (elephant’s ears).
You can take a variety of cuttings at this time of year – a lovely assortment of shrubs such as Berberis, Camellia,Ceanothus, Choisya, Cistus take very well from semi-ripe cuttings. Look for this year's growth, ideally non-flowering, which is starting to become woody at the base. Take cuttings that are about 10 – 15cm long and put about 6 – 8 cuttings in a pot – a clear plastic bag over the top will make a great DIY propagation unit! There's more advice here and ask the Garden Workers if you would like any help.
For fruit and vegetables – hopefully you have things to harvest! It's also now time to start thinking about next year's crops – planting onion sets and winter salad leaves which will grow on into autumn. You can also take cuttings to propagate fruit bushes.
Finally – for a nice simple present, now is the time to start off prepared hyacinth bulbs for Christmas, holidays and midwinter celebrations!