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. 



August 23, 2020

Good Gym Cardiff are a social running club that run across the city to help out community projects and older people. 

Good Gym in action!

Running to Garden

We have been lucky to have been helped by Good Gym Cardiff for the last three years.

They have helped us cut back brambles, dig trenches, move compost and wood chip, water and do an EPIC amount of weeding.

Check out these two run reports for more info and a giggle!: How do you like...

August 23, 2020

Finally, this month, we were able to meet in person for the August Grow Your Own.

Arriving at the site and following social distancing, Kai encouraged us to walk individually around the garden site both to observe the seasonal changes and identify any garden tasks we would prioritise. 

It was interesting to note how different people prioritised different things. Some felt weeding was priority. The garden weeds have grown significantl...

August 5, 2020

Between April to July, Global Gardens has worked with Shift Bristol to offer an online Permaculture Design Course (PDC).

Originally the course was going to be delivered in person at Oasis Cardiff but unfortunately, due to Covid-19 we had the decision of either postponing or shifting online. 

Unclear as to how long the lockdown might last we decided that moving the course online, although different to what was originally envisaged, might b...

July 24, 2020

 Social animal

The July GYO was all about the role of the surrounding ecosystem on plant growth and health.

In preparation for the session, Kai encouraged us to spend some time in the garden and think about what is beneficial and what could have an adverse effect on healthy plant growth and to think about the surrounding plants, hedges, trees, insects, birds, weather exposure (like wind, heat, cold, drainage, light and shade), sounds and smell...

July 18, 2020

Over the last three months, we have been running the #StayHomeEatVeg initiative at Global Gardens.

#StayHomeEatVeg was one of 6 projects working around Cardiff supporting people to grow veg and cook healthy food during life under lockdown under the #CardiffGrowingTogether banner - including Green Squirrel, Cardiff Salad Garden and Grow Cardiff, supported by Food For Life Get Togethers Wales and Food Cardiff.

The idea of #StayHomeEatVeg was to...

July 17, 2020

Growing Kale

Kale is a member of the brassica family, otherwise known as the cabbage family. It can tolerate wet Welsh winters pretty well. At Global Gardens, we particularly love Purple kale, Cavalo nero and Green curly kale. Check out Real Seeds for a great range of kale seeds.

Kale likes rich soil in full or partial sunlight. We tend to add some compost before planting. Kale also needs moist soil for optimum growth, so make sure you keep yo...

July 8, 2020

Growing potatoes

Growing potatoes is super satisfying. With a little planning and preparation, you can experience the delight of uncovering little golden nuggets in the dark soil. Plus, growing potatoes can help develop your soil tilth. 

When you are ready to plant out, dig a trench around 12cm deep and then put your chitted potatoes in at a 20-30cm spacing. Ideally, dig over your potato patch in the autumn or early spring. Some folks als...

July 5, 2020

This month's Grow Your Own theme was WEEDS.

As we reach the peak of the year in terms of heat and light, growth is strong for both crops and weeds. However, Grow Your Own tutor Kai Lange suggests we look at weeds as friends rather than foes.

Weeds have been described as "plants in the wrong place." However, in many senses, they are doing an important job where they are. 

1. Weeds as indicators

Weeds can be indicators of a soi...

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......

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