Find Out How Gardening and Composting Have Come a Long Way

Now all of us can harness the benefits and fight climate change. To mark Newcastle’s Allotment Week, Climate Action Newcastle shares inspirational experiences and suggestions from members and local gardeners, in our latest blog series.

We don’t even need a garden to make a difference – simply make a start on using every scrap of our food waste, or get involved with local guerrilla gardeners. It all helps harness the healing power of nature - and it’s easy and enjoyable! See links to member blogs below.


There’s now extra opportunities for those of us already growing – which could include anything from herbs in street planters, a window sill, a pallet with pot plants to a border or an allotment. New routes are now opening to share nature’s bounty, through donating to food sharing schemes.


Stumped for ideas on how to use a glut of seasonal produce? We’ve included a few favourite recipes. Don’t hesitate to send us YOUR most-used recipes - and do share your own tips on composting and ways to avoid food waste.

 

Local allotments and gardens


Local gardening and growing projects


National allotment week

  • To take part in National Allotment virtual events during National Allotment week, see details here.


Find out what our members are up to


CAN member Olwyn Hocking explores how exciting composting is in tackling climate change – from avoiding food waste to powering bountiful gardening, it’s got so many positives. And it’s easier than we all tend to think! Her blog “THE MAGIC OF COMPOSTING!” includes tips and relevant links whether we have an allotment, a garden – or not even a window sill for growing.


CAN member Mark Warner has tested the Bokashi system, which uses a traditional Japanese fermentation process to convert food waste so we can use it for compost or other purposes. Find out how easy it is for us to use, indoors or out.

Sophie (shown), Kate, Alice and Nick make weekly summer food collections from Highbury South Allotment Association

The benefit of donating surplus produce to help fight food poverty is outlined by Bob Heyman from the Highbury South Allotment Association, who have been donating their extra fruit and veg to asylum seeker organisations for years.

 

Try some home cooking with home grown food

Treat yourself and sample some of our favourite recipes using seasonal gardening produce or foraging. Or send us your own!

  • WILD GARLIC - follow your nose and you’ll find it - great clumps in many local parks in spring. Or plant your own.

  • Wild Garlic Soup - view recipe

  • Wild Garlic Pesto - view recipe

  • PUMPKIN - millions are wasted at Hallowe’en. Encourage everyone to use every scrap for food - they can still make candles as well!

  • Pumpkin Risotto - view recipe

  • Pumpkin and Banana Cake - view recipe

  • FRUIT - if your fruit bushes do you proud, here’s some alternatives to making jam!

  • Rhubarb Meringue Pie - view recipe

  • Brown Butter, Almond and Berry Traybake - view recipe


Suggestions:

  • Many ingredients can be grown, especially herbs (including in window sill pots).

  • Many of the ingredients can be purchased without packaging from Newcastle’s increasing number of refill shops - read our Blog posts which include reviews and maps

  • Vegan alternatives (and other dietary preferences) are not included in all recipes, but people familiar with plant-based cooking will be aware of the alternative options now increasingly available.




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