What grows/who lives on the roof?
We are harvesting every Friday and selling in the shop Thornton’s Budgens 8 metres below throughout the rest of the week.
All of our food is grown to Organic standards following Biodynamic rhythms . We use up the waste from the supermarket’s produce to feed our wormery and compost. The juices and compost are then mixed into our growing boxes.
What have we grown?
PURPLE CURLY KALE
RED MOUNTAIN SPINACH
HERBS – MINT, BASIL, DILL, PARSLEY,
EDIBLE FLOWERS – CALENDULA, BORAGE, MUSTARD, NASTURTIUMS, ROSES, LAVENDERS…
THANK YOU TO HSL- Heritage Seed Library – For our 6 adopted seeds in 2010
* Lettuce – Liller
* Tomatoes – Scotland Yellow and Grosse Lisse
* Climbing french bean – Kew Blue
* Beetroot – Avon Early
* Curly Kale – Russian /Hungry Gap
Why are we wanting to save obscure varieties? Surely one carrot’s very much like the next? Actually, every variation and strain is remarkably different. Each with its own taste, growing habits, cultivation time and heritage. And every rare variety we save is part of a much bigger biodiversity picture. Just as we value the diversity of plant and animal species, we need to keep the gene pool of the plants we grow to eat as big as possible too. So this project can help towards not just a vegetable, but a whole ecosystem.
The British Isles has one of the richest garden heritages in the world. For years, many gardeners and small holders have nurtured thousands of unique vegetable varieties.
In the last hundred years most of these varieties have all but disappeared. Thousands more are under threat from climate change, loss of habitat, invasive alien species and the desire for perfect vegetables. (credit to Heritage Seed Library,)
LIVING ON OR VISITING OUR ROOF since we moved up on the 31st May 2010: WHITE AND RED TAILED BUMBLE BEES, PIED WAGTAILS, HONEY BEES, SOLITARY BEES, WASPS, FLIES, A YOUNG CAT, WHITE CABBAGE BUTTERFLIES, HOLLY BLUES, COMAS BUTTERFLY, HOVER FLIES, MINT MOTHS, ALL SORTS OF LADYBIRDS, A ROBIN, MAGPIES, PIGEONS, CROWS, SEAGULLS, BATS, GREEN AND BLACK FLIES, SPIDERS, FUNGIES, WORMS AND THE UNKNOWN .