Friday, 21 February 2014

GROWL Seed Event with Laura's Organics

Our 'haul' from Laura's Organics.

Organic Veg Club's haul

GROWL (Grow Organic West Lancashire) held a seed 'swap and buy' event on the 20th of February. Some of us from OVC went along to see what was on offer and came away with an exciting array of organic seeds for planting this coming growing season.

Laura's Organics hosted a stall at the event with a massive range of reasonably priced organic seeds. Laura's Organics is a small family business run by Laura Novak and further information can be found at

Neil Hickson

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Fancy a bit of Hedgelaying?

We are excited about an opportunity to learn about hedge laying on the field. The old hedge that runs along Meadow Lane is well overdue for some remedial work to help it renew and rejuvenate itself. One of our steering group members Caroline Bulcock, has managed to persuade some of the rangers from Beacon Park to come along and give us some instructions on how to get this started. The date for the session is 13th March at 10am. If you cannot make that date but still want to get involved, the following Sunday 16th of March is a volunteer day so we could continue with the work then.

Inaugural General Meeting - Wednesday 19th February 2014

It is less than one week now to the Inaugural General Meeting of Organic Veg Club. The meeting is to be held at 7pm at The Grove Youth and Community Centre, Station Approach, Burscough, L40 0RZ

We will give an update on what the steering committee has been up to and how we see Organic Veg Club running in this first growing season. We also want to share how we see OVC developing in the future. We will give a presentation detailing the following:

  • Update of what has happened on the land
  • Announce our plans for the 2014 growing season and into the future
  • Membership fees
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • The opportunity to sign up and join the Organic Veg Club on the night

We will also be asking for your opinions on what OVC are doing and should be doing.

To cover costs we will be asking for a donation of £1.00 per person to cover costs and refreshments for the evening.

If you haven't already responded to our earlier email about this meeting please can you let us know by clicking onto our response form below.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

The Forest Garden starts to take shape.

Rows of top fruit trees and soft fruit bushes interspersed with 3m wide strips of mulch mat form the basis of our Forest Garden design. The mulch mat will be down for a year or so to kill off grasses and weeds, we will then take it up and establish our ground cover plants. The trees and fruit rows run north to south to make the most of the sun and prevent too much shading.

Some of the mulch mat had worked loose in the recent storms and with another on the way tomorrow, I had to brave the hail and sideways rain to re-bury sections of it.