Pollinators for Vegetable Growers

By |2019-06-04T11:21:23+01:00June 4th, 2019|Categories: Fruit and veg, Grow your own, Seed Bank, Stroud, Uncategorized|

Are flowers growing in amongst your vegetable crops beneficial to crop production and seed saving? A row of blooms will attract many pollinating insects throughout the growing season. By sowing hardy annual flower seeds during the autumn and spring, it is quite possible to have a long succession of attractive colour both for the insects and [...]

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Seed Savers – Making Good Organic Compost

By |2018-11-10T12:46:11+01:00November 10th, 2018|Categories: Selsley, Uncategorized|Tags: |

Looking after the soil on your plot is fundamental to grow good crops and produce the best seeds for saving. As this season becomes fully autumnal, it is a great time to use existing compost or to prepare to make some in the future. Home made compost is a good soil conditioner for whatever soil you [...]

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2018 Stroud Potato Day another great success!

By |2018-02-20T13:53:34+01:00February 20th, 2018|Categories: Food, Fruit and veg, Grow your own, Stroud, Uncategorized|

This was the 8th Stroud Potato Day and the best so far! We raised £608.80 in total on the day from the potato sale. Congrats to the team. This year there are hardly any tubers left over... Our Stroud Community Seed Bank was also there on the day with packets of seeds locally saved. Nearly 400 [...]

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Seed Bank trip to Heritage Seed Library

By |2018-06-12T15:33:31+01:00August 8th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

boxes of seeds in the temperature and humidity controlled seed store room at HSL In the heatwave at the end of July, nine members of the Stroud Community Seed Bank set off on an expedition to the national Heritage Seed Library at Garden Organic near Coventry. We spent a couple of hours touring the [...]

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Spring Garden Event 2014

By |2014-04-15T12:27:16+01:00April 15th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|

Even though the sun kept away on Saturday, we still had a great day with lots of visitors. Thank you to Ellen Winter from Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust around Stroud for taking a few pictures of the stalls before things got busy. . Down to Earth's stall . On our stall we had available 4 [...]

Selsley Update and Annual Spring Garden Event

By |2019-02-04T09:09:37+01:00April 3rd, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|

Selsley Update from Amanda: We've been given access to a bit more land up at Selsley and over the winter, we've been clearing brambles and bay willow herb. Some of our recycled ornamental plants have been put in along the wall to give it some colour. This additional land gives us more much needed space to [...]

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February Events

By |2014-01-29T15:10:37+01:00January 29th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|

Saturday 1st February, 10am - 3pm is our annual POTATO DAY at the Merrywalks shopping centre, in partnership with Transition Stroud. Come along and buy your tubers, ask questions, and try some potato cake All tubers once again provided by Dundry Nurseries - www.dundrynurseries.co.uk Varieties available will include: 1st Earlies: SWIFT, INTERNATIONAL KIDNEY, CASABLANCA, ROCKET, ARAN PILOT, COLLEEN [...]

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Our Local Fruit Project Product List

By |2019-02-04T09:17:34+01:00January 29th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|

Down to Earth has achieved so much with this project over the past couple of years. The list of products is fantastic and just goes to show the abundance of fruit there is within our district. A large proportion  of  work done on this project is carried out by volunteers, we hope this will change as [...]

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Water collection at Selsley allotments

By |2013-12-06T11:06:47+01:00December 6th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|

By Fred . Water harvesting is invaluable, and winter is a good time to monitor a new system and assess how successful/workable it it. If you are harvesting rain that falls in the summer, you can help yourself through the dry July's and Augusts. . This is a rain water collection system made from materials that were found [...]

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