ABOUT

 Global Gardens Project is a community growing project based in Cardiff. 

 

Our vision is to create a growing space that supports community-based sharing of food and cultures.  

 

We have an allotment site where we are cultivating an organic kitchen garden, celebrating crops from around the world.

 

The crops grown are used in our quarterly community suppers and shared within the local community.

 

We also have a mobile pizza oven which is available for community events. 

  

NEWS

June 25, 2020

Growing chard


Chard (Beta vulgaris) - also known as leaf beet - is in the beetroot family. It is super easy to grow and can be harvested almost all-year round if you get the timings right.

We recommend two sowings: first in spring for crops summer through to autumn, secondly after midsummer for winter through to spring. 

Chard likes moist conditions and fertile soil. We generally recommend planting in a sunny spot, though it can tol...

June 10, 2020

At Global Gardens, we love broad beans. As a nitrogen-fixing legume, they are good for the soil, supporting soil fertility. Their sweet-scented flowers are a good source of forage for bees. Rich in protein, minerals (including copper, magnesium and manganese), folate and immune boosting nutrients, they are good for us. This week, our #StayHomeEatVeg featured community chef Lia of Lia's Kitchen has been busy exploring the humble broad bean......

May 28, 2020

Cooking with parsley

Parsley is one the most common herbs used in cooking. It tastes green and woody, and it works well as a herby base for many dishes. The flat leaf parsley has more tender leaves and is more flavoursome than the curly one. 

Raw, chopped parsley can be used to garnish and flavour any kind of cold or hot dish. Parsley is an essential ingredient for making pesto, tabouleh, chimichurri, salsa verde, or gremolata....

May 28, 2020

CARDOON

Chef feature: Simon (Herbivore)

Hello, my name is Simon and I run a small food business called Herbivore. Until recently it’s been a moveable feast, operating out of the Embassy Café in Cathays, Cardiff at weekends and popping up around the city and beyond for unique six course, set menu vegan supper clubs. From June you’ll find me running the kitchen at Eartha Community Interest Company, on City Rd: a not-for-profit endeavour seeking...

May 25, 2020

This month we learnt about seed sowing, planting and plant resilience as part of the Global Gardens Grow Your Own course.

Plant growth

According to biodynamic pholosophy, plants pass through a cycle of growth, beginning as a germinating seed, moving through vegetative growth to flowering, fruiting and finally seed producing plant.

It is thought that there are particularly strong elemental influences at different stages of these growth cycl...

May 15, 2020

On Monday, Global Gardens launched Stay Home, Eat Veg! a recipe-sharing, crop-sharing project. 

Over the next 3 months, we will be featuring six crops growing at the Global Gardens site and inviting people to get involved by sharing recipes and some of the Global Gardens harvest. 

This week our featured crop is SPINACH.

Growing Spinach

Sow seeds 2.5cm (1in) deep and give the seeds a real soaking. Keep well watered - spinach g...

May 8, 2020

As a community growing project, the core aim of Global Gardens Project is to bring people together to learn about gardening, cooking and craft.

As a result of Covid-19, we have obviously had to stop all in person public project activities at the garden for the time being. Some of our learning opportunities have shifted online, including the #GrowYourOwn course with Kai and the Permaculture Design Course with Shift Bristol

Thi...

April 27, 2020

I was introduced to gardening when I was little, at my nana’s. I grew up learning the names of plants, developing a fascination with roots and a love of sweet-smelling herbs. Decades later, I still crave gardens; it’s one of the reasons I’ve been involved with Cardiff’s community growing haven, the Global Gardens Project, these last few years.

During lockdown, I’ve had a chance to rekindle this love. In early March, five years after she signe...

April 26, 2020

Another four weeks in 'lock-down' and another zoom! Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have had to cancel all gatherings at the garden. Instead of stopping the Grow Your Own course, we felt it would be more beneficial to continue with the course online albeit in a different way, with a practical to catch up when we can all be at the garden together again.  

The April theme was soil building and soil fertility. This is the heart of organic...

March 28, 2020

Today, we held the March Grow Your Own course via zoom due to the Coronavirus lock-down. Although different from gathering at the garden, it was nice to see the faces of those doing the course, particularly amidst these times of social distancing!

We began with a check-in - it was nice to hear lots of people spending time at their allotment or in their back garden. Kai then introduced the theme of the session: soil cultivation. 

Soil cult...

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