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Wild Garlic soup

Garlic soup, bread and agrlic bulbs
Tuesday 9th April

If you have some of this wonderful flower in your garden, try this recipe

Ingredients

50g butter

100g onions roughly chopped

200g potatoes peeled and roughly chopped

300ml of hot stock, veg or chicken

1 bunch of fresh wild garlic chopped

2 tbsp double cream

Method

Melt butter in pan and lightly fry onions and potatoes, cover with a lid and cook for 10 mins.

Gradually add the stock and combine well l and then cook until the onions and potatoes are tender.

Then stir in the garlic leaves and cook for one minute, add the cream and stir…

Season and wiz until smooth. Serve with a few chopped garlic leaves on top.

Simples! Very good for warming you up!

Visit the beautiful Porters garden in the grounds of our historic dockyard -lucky us see website for more info and their opening times

www.portersgarden.org.uk/

by Pauline Powell
Information regarding Easter craft workshop for kids

Easter Holiday Crafty Fun

Monday 8th April 2019 from 11am till 2pm. Easter Holiday Crafty Fun in our lovely garden with Jennifer 'jppyro' Plested Artist - Come join in the fun »

Cabin makeover!

Tuesday 2nd April

If you go to Canoe Lake this week and the community garden gate is open, pop inside and see. Our busy bees were busy doing a makeover of the portacabin. Now it’s a bright and accessible workspace for the community, a place to kick off our wellies when we need a cuppa or a rest.

Vik Burnand told us about it:

“We had the pleasure of working with young people, staff and volunteers from Enham Trust's S2A programme and The Marigold Loft on our 'Cabin Make-Over Project' (the final flourish of our Solent All Stars adventure). We had a paint splatter party in the cabin, furniture upcycling under the gazebo and general garden sprucing in the sunshine! Plus there was birthday cake too!”

We are delighted with our dream team of young people and gardeners, and all the work that has begun in the garden. Gardening club is Tuesdays, 11-12 noon, and we have get togethers every1st Saturday of the month. If you see the gate is open, pop in and say hello

by Sue Stokes
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Southsea Green Cabin-Makeover

As part of our 'Solent All Stars' project, we'll be working with local young people to revamp our cabin and prepare the graden, ready for spring!

Thursday 28th March ~ 10.30am-14.30pm
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A warm Spring sun shines

Picture of the white flower of wild garlic
Tuesday 25th March

As the warm Spring sun shines eloquently on the tight buds of plants and shrubs all around the garden, just which will be the first to show their true colours? White Jasmine clinging to the trellis on the garden wall hosts clumps of white tipped buds still covered with red sheaths at present.

Three young Cherry Whips planted just last year given by the Portsmouth and Southsea Tree Wardens are heartily bursting with new buds and Bluebell leaves in abundance have pushed through the cold earth.

So too has the Wild garlic overtaking that corner of the garden and bursting un-reservedly all over the once lawned area.

Buds on the Rosemary bushes are ready to burst open their blue florets with their delightful fragrance just as the wild daisies smile through the new green grass. So let us count our Blessings and Praise be., to Nature's earth and all that be!!

I have wild garlic in my Southsea garden to share, send a message to Southsea Green Facebook if you’d like some or to join us in the community garden.

By Irene Strange. Poet. Southsea Green

Spring is near

A Robin on a blossoming tree in Spring
Saturday 23rd March

So spring is very nearly upon us and the garden is good to go for another growing season.

The polytunnel has been cleared of over-wintered stored tools and equipment and its groundprepared for early sowings which will including some heritage seeds for a planned “Dig forVictory” plot that is hoped to be created in the Canoe Lake Park as a part of the City’s D-Day 75​th anniversary commemorations. The cabin will be given a make-over later in the month courtesy offunds remaining from the Hampshire and Isle of Wight grant that was awarded last year and therefreshment facilities will be moved there freeing up more space in the tunnel.

The pond was cleared and cleaned over the winter and is now host to copious quantities offrogspawn and its proud parents, so we look forward to seeing tadpoles again in the coming monthstogether with damsel flies and other aquatic fauna as the days grow warmer.

So exciting to see the start of a new year of nature, weather and our volunteers working together to create the annual miracle once again.

By Graham Newcombe
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