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Sow, Grow, Eat . . . Repeat

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We are thrilled to announce that we are launching the first of our Sow, Grow, Eat . . . Repeat educational programmes.


This is a 4 consecutive week programme consisting of 4 x one hour sessions. Each one hour session is on a Saturday 1.30 pm – 2.30 pm commencing on June 1st through to June 8th, June 15th and completing on June 22nd.


It is a beginners’ workshop and no previous experience is necessary.


As an exciting introductory offer, these sessions are free of charge but we only have 10 places available, so a speedy response is best…


This series of workshops aims to help individuals increase their knowledge of growing their own food regardless of whether they have a windowsill, balcony or garden – where there’s a will there’s a way.


What to expect -


  • Participants will learn how to grow vegetables/fruit throughout the year, including winter vegetable gardening. There’s a vast range of vegetable /fruit varieties available, so we’ll help guide you through the maze of choice to ensure your plot is well stocked throughout the year, with high-cropping, long-lasting vegetables that are worth growing vs. what you can buy economically in the supermarket.


  • Explore different growing media and the importance of heat, light, oxygen, nutrients and water.


  • Discover how to look after and boost your soil to keep your crops healthy and guarantee the very best results.


  • Gain an understanding of the nutritional benefits of growing your own and eating seasonally.


  • Acquire knowledge about the healing power of fruit and vegetables.


  • Learn how to manage pests and disease and keep vegetables and plants healthy.


  • Learn how to time and manage your harvests.


  • Prepare & cook some of the fruit and veg you have grown.


  • Plus so much more . . .


Sow, Grow, Eat . . . Repeat workshops will provide fun, informal and social sessions that will build confidence as well as life skills.


What to bring with you –

Gardening gloves

A trowel if you have one ( if not, we have some on site)

Dress for the weather

A water bottle / snack


We hope to welcome you to our garden very soon.


To register for the programme:


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Turning Food Waste into Nutritious Soil . . . Nature’s Haven is proud to announce our collaboration with the world-renowned Waterside Inn and Chef Alain Roux


At Nature’s Haven we want to promote awareness of all the benefits that we obtain from soils, how to keep soil healthy and therefore grow highly nutritious herbs, fruit and vegetables.  It’s not just about being able to grow more food, but the nutritional value of the food we produce.

 

Did you know that:

 

  • The chronic lack of micronutrients in soils and crops is now recognized as one of the leading causes of worldwide illness burden.

  • Hidden hunger affects over 2 billion people worldwide.

  • Soil fertility is being lost through unsustainable agricultural practices such as lack of soil organic matter; misuse and overuse of nutrients; underuse of nutrients; and soil degradation.


At Nature’s Haven we use permaculture principles. We compost as much of our garden waste as we can, but we can’t produce enough for the whole garden.  The Waterside Inn produces 2 cubic metres of food waste every 2 weeks.  They use an enzyme compost machine which recycles all their food waste and they have kindly agreed to establish a partnership with us and provide us with an amazing ‘digestive’ that we add to our compost and soil.


Included in the food waste is: high end food waste of cooked or raw veg, fish trimmings, shellfish, bones cooked and uncooked, meat products cooked and uncooked, dairy.


How it is processed: The food waste is broken down by powerful enzymes which then break down the food into a digestive, leaving remains of small bones and shellfish which are sieved out.  The temperature of the compost is raised to approx. 80° centigrade before it is harvested every 2 weeks, which kills off any bugs and pathogens etc.


The end product: doesn’t need to be disposed of, it’s a healthy but very rich digestive which should be added to other matter (compost, peat, loam etc.) at a ratio of 10:1-20:1 dependent on usage. Alternatively the compost can be stored to mature, and then used on its own. 


If you want to find out more about how we use the ‘digestive’ why not come along and join our volunteers on a Thursday from 4-6 pm or Saturday morning 10 am-12 noon at the Maidenhead Community Centre.  Alternatively, you can sign up to our Sow, Grow, Eat . . . Repeat programme - https://www.natureshaven.net/event-details/sow-grow-eat-repeat-programme


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Pssst . . . We have some very exciting news to share with you, but we have been asked not to tell you the full story for now.  We can, however, say that we are creating our very own ‘Tea Garden’ and we’ll unveil it soon . . .


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