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. 



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 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...

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...

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...

February 23, 2020

On the 22nd February, we gathered for the first of ten Grow Your Own workshops of 2020. Led by Kai Lange, a grower and biodynamic educator, the aim of each session is to attend to the seasonal needs of the garden and to learn by doing.  

The February session was all about planning and pruning. After introductions, Kai spoke about plant connections: links between roots, stems and leaves as well as with subterranean communities in the soil...

July 24, 2019

Today we went on a Global Gardens field trip to Hortus Heart - the home and land project of Kai Lange and Lucy Voelcker. 

Kai with goat and cockerel 

Kai has been helping us at Global Gardens over the last year to develop the Global Gardens every Wednesday. This trip was a great chance for a group of regular volunteers to learn more about the other work Kai is involved in.

Hortus Heart is a project about creative processes of engaging with the...

May 22, 2019

Today, with the support of a travel bursary from Social Farms and Gardens Wales, we visited Cae Tân - a community supported agriculture (CSA) project in the Gower.

It was a beautiful day - and an exciting time to visit the farm as things are just starting to take shape in the polytunnel and on the field. Aubergines and tomatoes have been planted out and are growing in the polytunnels whilst the fields have been plough harrowed and prepared f...

March 15, 2019

For many millennia the constellations have been used as a navigational tool. Whether migrating across land or over sea, the shifting stars in the night sky can help us orient and find our way.  

This week at the BIODYNAMIC WORKSHOP at GLOBAL GARDENS we learnt about the links between plants, planets and the cosmos.

Planetary influences

We are probably familiar with the effects of the moon on tides and human bodies. Planets within the solar...

October 22, 2018

This week, we held an introduction to biodynamics workshop with Kai. After a morning in the greenhouse learning about some of the key concepts around biodynamics, we moved on to the practical task of turning compost. It turns out composting is enjoyable work when shared! 

Kai explained the importance of a balanced compost pile - including drier, coarser woody material (such as stems and straw) which supports the structure and a...

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