Mick’s ABC of vegetable growing, Fitzroy Park Allotments, Highgate (In person.)

Mick’s ABC of vegetable growing, Fitzroy Park Allotments, Highgate (In person.)

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Where? Fitzroy Park Allotments, Highgate 

Cost? £30 per person, per session (Half of the profit per person donation will be made towards the upcoming Fitzroy Allotments Community Shed project).

What to expect?

You are cordially invited to explore your inner peasant at the following three allotment gardening sessions where you will plant, grow and learn from London's allotment legend Mick at the stunning Fitzroy Park Allotments, Highgate.

London is famous for all kinds of things, though food growing, of course, isn’t one of them…

...and yet…

...and yet…

…there is a massive interest amongst Londoners in “home grown” food. An interest which grows bigger and bigger every year!

Why? Is this simply part of our growing concern with environmental issues? Or are we, as some people say, all peasants at heart?

Meet your host!

Hi everyone! Mick Rand here. For those of you who haven’t met me before, I helped Sasha to organise the unique and yes, ground-breaking (!) “Closer to the Veg” art exhibition at the Fitzroy Park Allotments in Highgate, N6, back in 2016.

I’ve been an allotment gardener at Fitzroy since 1993 so yes, with me, food growing has been, and is, an obsession!

Part A – Soil Preparation and Seed Sowing

When: 2-4pm Friday 11th June 5-9pm 

We will be prepping the ground (dig, hoe and weed) then sowing a basic range of seeds in the prepared area, including potatoes, lettuce, rocket, carrots and peas.

Part B – Plant Care and Maintenance

When: 2-4pm on [date tbc mid-June]

Thinning/weeding & watering your seedling plants, setting up pea sticks and slug beer traps, if required.

Part C – Harvest!

When: 2-4pm [August/ early September]

This is the most important bit, when we will be harvesting as much as we can of what was sown back in April during Part A.

General Information:

All participants will qualify for that FREE haute couture classic, the Fitzroy Park Allotments t-shirt, as well as a FREE whistling key ring.

Part A will alas be open to six people only due to ongoing restrictions, after that we might squeeze a few more people in (subject to demand!)

Strong footwear required, no flip-flops please!

Raincoat or umbrella recommended depending on weather. NB We will carry on in the event of drizzle, however if it’s really lashing down on the day, we may have to postpone for a week.

All tools and seeds will be provided, but of course if you have some favourite seeds, bring them along to Part A and we will find the space to sow them.

Tea and coffee provided, you are also welcome to bring your favourite tea bags as there’ll be plenty of hot water.

If you can only do Part A but not Parts B or C we will try our best to save you some of the harvest!