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  • Derek – Friday 9th April

    It has been cold the last week, with frost on some mornings. Cold slows living processes. We, ourselves, are warm blooded but have to swaddle up on cold days and warm our…

  • Derek – Friday 2nd April

    We had lots of rain in the first weeks of March, and then it stopped completely; the rest of the month was dry and hot, with temperatures up to 24ºC. So the…

  • Derek – Friday 26th March

    Spring will not be denied. It is everywhere in the garden. The equinox was last Saturday, when night and day are equal, in the crossover as the days stretch out to summertime.…

  • Derek – Friday 19th March

    We don’t use herbicides or pesticides in the community garden. Diseased plants, we prune if possible and suffer a few losses. Artificial chemicals kill off more than the pests that they target,…

  • Derek – Friday 12th March 2021

    When I came into the garden yesterday, the wind was blowing a gale. The plastic sheeting covering the half-completed flats next door was thrashing like a loose sail. A number of chairs…

  • Derek – Friday 5th March 2021

    Forest Gate Community Garden is planning for when we can open for visitors. This month, volunteers will be tidying the garden, planting, and generally sprucing up for what we hope will be…

  • Derek – Friday 26th February 2021

    I took a photo of miniature daffodils last week but the picture showed flowers that didn’t look like miniatures, with nothing to judge their size by. So I had another go this…

  • Derek – Friday 19th February 2021

    It’s chilly though the sun is shining. There’s ripples across the pond to the tune of the wind. The surface vegetation has withered though the underwater oxygenators, hornwort and elodea, are green…

  • Derek – Friday 12th February 2021

    It’s icy cold. Last night, the temperature dropped to -5ºC. There’s ice on the pond, and on all our water barrels. A very usual phenomenon when it’s so cold. So usual, we…

  • Derek – Friday 4th February

    Lockdown is a good time for projects. And what better one could there be than working out how to lower our carbon footprint? You could pick one of these: home energy, travel,…