There will be a Mushroom Growing Course on Saturday the 19th of February, between 10am and 12 noon. Come along and learn from Dr Neville Kilkenny the fascinating art of growing edible mushrooms on wooden logs, and take home your own innoculated log! This is an indoor course limited to 12 places. The course is free, but we suggest a donation of £5. Please reserve your place early to avoid disappointment! (NB This course is now full, but register your interest with us in case we are able to lay on another mushroom event.)
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On Saturday 18th of December, 2 — 4pm, PEDAL held a Winter Solstice Celebration at Donkeyfield Community Orchard. Around 40 people came along to celebrate this most seasonal of events, including several folk who had never been to the orchard before — not bad for sub-zero temperatures. The trees were wassailed in fine fashion (thanks to Gordon for the local cider, and Mairi for the song from the Winter’s Night concert), Peter brewed up some fine mulled wine and created a fantastically warming fire, Beth told a great story and some lovely lanterns were made.
We had a wonderful Apple Day/ Halloween celebration on Saturday 30th of October, with near perfect weather, a bonfire, many pounds of apples being juiced, toffee apples, peeling competition, Splat the Rotten Apple and folk turning up in wonderful fancy dress. Many thanks to all who came and to all who helped.
However, if you were there, we’d be very pleased if you would take a moment to send us your comments and feedback. What did you like ? What would have made it better? Are you likely to join in future community events at the orchard? Woteva! — we look forward to hearing from you.
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Sunday 26th September saw the launch of a campaign by St Philips church to support the congregation and church hall users in reducing their carbon emissions by 10% within a year.
At harvest sunday mass, there was a presentation on climate change and things we can all do to reduce our carbon footprint. Over the following year, there will be opportunities for people to make pledges, receive more information on how to fulfill these, and report back on the changes they’ve made.
Many folk would like to gain confidence in pruning fruit trees and fruit bushes. The Summer Pruning course to be run at the Community Orchard off Brunstane Road South on the evening (6.30pm‑8.30pm) of Thursday 19th of August is for those who want to learn how to get the most from their fruit trees etc by judicious pruning. Contact Peter Upton or Polly Cooke if you’d like to register for this one-off evening course. There’ll be a booking fee of £10 to reserve your place, though there’ll be no further cost.
If you are interested in learning how to bake your own bread, please contact Polly Cooke or Peter Upton at PEDAL. There will be a small charge for the course to cover materials and hire of premises, but we aim to keep this to a minimum.
The first PEDAL Container Growing course will begin on Saturday 5th of June at 2pm. Using a strip of cleared ash path at the back of Portobello Town Hall, Course Tutor Dave Roberts will instruct participants on the construction of timber raised beds and the principles of gardening in these and other containers. The course is aimed at those interested in growing more of their own fresh salads, greens and fruit but with limited space. If you’d like to sign up to the next course, contact Peter Upton at email@example.com
Would you be interested in learning to grow more of your own fruit and veg?
We hope to offer a short course over 4 Saturdays, beginning on the 29th of May at Telferton Allotments. At the moment we are only able to offer the course to six people on a first-come, first-served basis. This course on growing Spring and Summer Greens will cover the theory and practice of digging, understanding your soil, compost, seed sowing and care of your plants.
If there is sufficient interest we’d like to run other courses on how to grow in raised beds & containers, and on growing potatoes.
Courses are being offered free, although there will be a small charge (£10) to cover the cost of seeds and some materials.
If you or someone you know is interested in these courses, or in being kept informed of other courses PEDAL may offer in the future, please contact Peter (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Polly (email@example.com).
We look forward to hearing from you!