Our Gardens

Overview

 

  • A large area for growing an impressive variety of seasonal vegetables.

  • Our kitchen garden area has raised beds that are easy to access.

  • In the orchard, there are fruit trees – apples, pears, damsons, apricots, peaches and figs.

  • Raspberries, jostaberries, gooseberries and strawberries are also being grown.

  • In our herb patch, we grow rosemary, thyme, chives, parsley, coriander, curry plants, savoury and Greek basil.

  • We have climbers – grapevines, broad beans, runner beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, courgettes, pumpkins.

  • Root vegetables include potatoes, onions, spring onions, leeks, garlic and artichokes.

  • The site is overlooked by a sour cherry tree.

  • There are two honeybee hives in a special enclosure.

  • Wildflowers, nigella, poppies and iris, grow to attract pollinators.

  • We have visiting wildlife – foxes, mistle thrushes, goldfinches, bumblebees and butterflies.

  • Future plans for a natural play area, a geodesic growing dome and a smokery.

Our picturesque gardens are very productive!  The raised beds, in the kitchen garden, are staggered in height, allowing all ages to get involved. We want everyone to enjoy learning about growing and caring for plants. We teach about harvesting and finding out about what is best in season. Our herb patch is right next to the kitchen door, meaning our rosemary, thyme, chives or savoury are always freshly around.

We have over a large growing space in our grounds, with a central orchard of fruit trees producing apples, pears, damsons and apricots. Between the trees, raspberry and jostaberry canes grow. Surrounding the gardens are more growing beds supplying ingredients throughout the year, from summery salads through to autumnal squashes, winter greens and roots, back to the spring planting season.

Climbing along the south-facing walls are fruit trees with more varieties of apples and pears, as well as climbing grapevines, all of which are overlooked by our huge sour cherry tree – the first thing to catch your eye as you enter the site.

Our many varieties of wildflowers, poppies, nigellas, and valerian to name just a few, attract pollinators. We are very excited to house two beehives in the gardens. The bees work hard to pollinate our fruits and vegetables and also provide wonderfully fresh local honey. We have a specially built enclosure for the hives to keep our visitors safe.

Being so close to the River Lea and Hackney Marshes means we also get plenty of wildlife visitors to our gardens – Mistle Thrushes and Goldfinches are amongst those we have seen in the springtime. Stand still for long enough and you might catch glimpses of some others too.

Future projects for the Hackney School of Food Gardens include a geodesic propagation dome to house plants and to provide an alternative outside learning space during the colder months. We are also planning a natural play area with willow tunnels, a fallen play tree and log stepping stones and a smokery.

Overview

 

  • A large area for growing an impressive variety of seasonal vegetables.

  • Our kitchen garden area has raised beds that are easy to access.

  • In the orchard, there are fruit trees – apples, pears, damsons, apricots, peaches and figs.

  • Raspberries, jostaberries, gooseberries and strawberries are also being grown.

  • In our herb patch, we grow rosemary, thyme, chives, parsley, coriander, curry plants, savoury and Greek basil.

  • We have climbers – grapevines, broad beans, runner beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, courgettes, pumpkins.

  • Root vegetables include potatoes, onions, spring onions, leeks, garlic and artichokes.

  • The site is overlooked by a sour cherry tree.

  • There are two honeybee hives in a special enclosure.

  • Wildflowers, nigella, poppies and iris, grow to attract pollinators.

  • We have visiting wildlife – foxes, mistle thrushes, goldfinches, bumblebees and butterflies.

  • Future plans for a natural play area, a geodesic growing dome and a smokery.

Our picturesque gardens are very productive!  The raised beds, in the kitchen garden, are staggered in height, allowing all ages to get involved. We want everyone to enjoy learning about growing and caring for plants. We teach about harvesting and finding out about what is best in season. Our herb patch is right next to the kitchen door, meaning our rosemary, thyme, chives or savoury are always freshly around.

We have over a large growing space in our grounds, with a central orchard of fruit trees producing apples, pears, damsons and apricots. Between the trees, raspberry and jostaberry canes grow. Surrounding the gardens are more growing beds supplying ingredients throughout the year, from summery salads through to autumnal squashes, winter greens and roots, back to the spring planting season.

Climbing along the south-facing walls are fruit trees with more varieties of apples and pears, as well as climbing grapevines, all of which are overlooked by our huge sour cherry tree – the first thing to catch your eye as you enter the site.

Our many varieties of wildflowers, poppies, nigellas, and valerian to name just a few, attract pollinators. We are very excited to house two beehives in the gardens. The bees work hard to pollinate our fruits and vegetables and also provide wonderfully fresh local honey. We have a specially built enclosure for the hives to keep our visitors safe.

Being so close to the River Lea and Hackney Marshes means we also get plenty of wildlife visitors to our gardens – Mistle Thrushes and Goldfinches are amongst those we have seen in the springtime. Stand still for long enough and you might catch glimpses of some others too.

Future projects for the Hackney School of Food Gardens include a geodesic propagation dome to house plants and to provide an alternative outside learning space during the colder months. We are also planning a natural play area with willow tunnels, a fallen play tree and log stepping stones and a smokery.

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