What’s in the mix?

Life is all about what’s in the mix and the above is what we recently found after clearing out our compost bin of its organic matter. There’s some surprises: a sonic screwdriver (for God’s sake), a silver teaspoon and a plastic bag with some Caesar Salad mix in it! It’s frightening as we think we’re really careful of what we put in the heap.

As for our latest bit of listening pleasure: the Rhythm Doctor’s audio mix for FatCat records (above), there’s no unwanted rubbish in there! Listen out for the following!



Hurray, hurray, it’s potato day

Roots and ShootsSeed Potato andVegetable seed dayThanks to Linda P from Roots and Shoots (Walnut Tree Walk, London SE11 6DN) for getting in touch and sending us more info on their Potato Day on Sunday 12th February from 11am-2pmAdmission is £5, concessions £2 with all funds going to Roots and Shoots.

There’s lots of good stuff going on with 60+ varieties of seed spuds for sale, onions and shallot sets, garlic, soft fruit, posies of flowers for Valentine’s Day at reasonable prices made by the students at Roots and Shoots and more.  

Sadly there won’t be a seed swap at this event as it’s the first time they have done something like this but they’re are going to see how well it goes this year and then if all goes well do the seed swap next year.

It’s looks like a great event for a good cause and at a brilliant venue not far from The Imperial War Museum. After you’ve been at the venue for a short while you’ll forget you’re even in London. Hopefully see you there!

Faith in humankind restored yet again

Laptop soundmanYesterday was spent in good company, with a couple of hours of gardening followed by a visit to this year’s Fordham Park festival. It’s on a smaller scale than when Orbital played there many years ago but it’s nice to hear on a Saturday afternoon some mad punk bands thrashing it out, entertainment on the lovely named “Recknaw” stage (what does it spell backwards?) and being with local characters in a packed tiny tent loving a sound system playing top tunes (who ignored from us here at weeds to dedicate one to “anyone who’s left their washing out.”)

Multimeters in the dance © Marc Bultitude

Multimeters in the dance © Marc Bultitude

There was a welcomed absence of artisan flat whites, workshop tea, craft ales and ethically-sourced bagel sellers but they had their revenge in the end so we were told. 

A bloke in his late 50’s (in an ill-fitting biker’s jacket with a faded Crass symbol on the back) explained to us that the estate agents, coffee companies and cupcake vendors who couldn’t get on site all got together the day before and with a bit of alchemy, influenced the bad weather we were currently having. He might have been right as it tipped it down most of the afternoon after a week of glorious sunshine. “Boo hiss” to them!

lewisham motorcycle team

We’ve now gone back in our memory to festivals and fetes of old. Where the army motorcycle display team do that “pyramid” thing and the local police dog handlers let off big alsatians at sheepskin-wearing “villain’s” wearing big padding on one of their arms. Ah, those were the days…

Three for the new year

talksI know it’s a bit previous, but as part of the Free lectures at Gresham College next year there’s some interesting ones in the Mondays at One – Garden and Gardeners series.

There’s Wildlife Gardening on March 7th 2016, Chelsea Physic Garden through the Ages on March 14th and Gardening Entrepreneurs on 21st March. 

They all start at 1pm at Barnard’s Inn Hall and run on a “first come, first served” basis and doors open half an hour before the event to get that seat near the front (and avoid the one in front of the pillar.) Stick these in your diary if you love a talk!

Don’t go all ziney on me…

Wimbledon Zine Fair 2015_2

Continuing the fanzine theme of the last post, a big thanks to Fliss for reminding us about the Wimbledon Fanzine fair next Saturday 14th November at Wimbledon Public Library from 1-4.30pm. It should be good if you like all things ziney!

Fliss has a new gardening blog called Jewels in the Soil, named after the discovery of the first turnip grown on her allotment and it’s well worth having a look at!

Gardenin’ and other rock ‘n’ roll habits

Wimbledon Zine Fair mini flyer
Thanks to Fliss who produced the great Gardeners Delight fanzine for letting us know about the Wimbledon Zine Fair next month. If you remember we featured her great allotment here.

If like myself you like a good fanzine, pop along on Saturday 14 November from 1pm – 4.30 pm at Wimbledon Public Library, 35 Wimbledon Hill Road, Wimbledon SW19 7NB and have a butcher’s and it’s FREE!

Fliss also tells us she’s working on a new gardening fanzine which will hopefully on sale at the fair. For more details have a look here at the informative SW Zines website and read about their previous events (including a zine swap and a zine picnic at a castle!)

And talking of fanzines here’s a few old ones from the Joly archives:

Tomorrow never knows

Dig this 2015

It’s short notice, but this year’s Happy Seeds Festival/Tomato Planting Extravaganza takes place tomorrow, Saturday 16 May from 11am – 6pm at St James’s, New Cross Gate London SE14 6AD (next to Goldsmiths University and St James Hatcham Primary School) and it’s FREE!

The event will feature 90 varieties of tomato plants (90, how mad is that?) alongside 50 varieties of potted herbs and loads of seeds for sale. There’s lots of activities like making planting boxes, music, workshops on seed paper making, cooking, food, a beekeeping demonstration, local honey for sale and a fund raising book stall.

Happy Seeds/Dig This Nursery know a thing or two about growing tomatoes and sounds like a great day out, so pop down if you get a chance!