Posts Tagged ‘local food’

Damson Harvesting

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

SLACC’s Abundance group is organising another damson harvest this year. Come along and join our harvest in the Lyth Valley, in conjunction with the Westmorland Damson Association – www.lythdamsons.org.uk.

yum!

Help us, and the Damson Association, to pick the fruit from their old orchards, and take some home at the end of the day.

Its a fun community activity, the fruit is delicious fresh off the tree, and there’s plenty you can do with the damsons – eat them, bake them, make a pie, preserve them, make wine, flavour gin or vodka, use them as a natural dye for clothing or wool, or freeze them and bring them along to our traditional fruit preserve workshop on 12th October!

Harvest dates depend on when the fruit has ripened, usually at the start of September. Register your interest and we’ll contact you with dates closer to the time. Please also let us know if you have a car and are willing to give others a lift. Email tsl.abundance[at]googlemail.com or phone Ruth on 07851  719 444

Kendal’s guerrilla garden

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

Back in May a few SLACC members did a spot of guerrilla gardening at Kendal’s Waterside estate. Today we checked how it was doing and, despite not having a lot of TLC, its doing really well! There’s tomatoes, broad beans, sunflowers, cabbage, parsley, chamomile, borage, cauliflowers, mint, spring onions, nasturtiums and chives. Here’s some piccies…

broad beans

bed

borage

cauli

chives

nasturtium

parsley

sunflower

Watch out for potato blight

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

The Kendal Grow Your Own Group is advising local potato growers to be on the look-out for potato blight.  This fungal disease likes the warm and wet weather that we have recently had, and if unchecked will soak into the potato tubers where it will cause a nasty smelling rot.  The rot can spread in store, too.

The first signs are brown patches on the potato leaf, usually on the edges, with a lighter green margin. Eventually, the leaf will rot, and it can spread to the stems.

Blighted potatos

“If you suspect you’ve got blight on your potatoes, the best thing to do is to remove any leaves and burn or dispose of them well away from the garden or allotment” says Ros Taylor of the Grow Your Own helpline. “If you don’t do this, spores will drop onto the soil and spread to the potatoes themselves. If you remove the tops, the potatoes can be dug up for immediate use, but you can leave them in the soil for 2-3 weeks without them coming to any harm and they will have a chance to form a skin and so store better.  If your potatoes already have blight, you will see it when they are dug up.”

Potato blight

The Grown Your Own scheme offers advice and northern know-how and its volunteer advisors can be reached by telephone or email (07980 325804  kendal.growyourown@gmail.com )