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A new course and discussion group on growing your own
fruit and veg has started at

Ventnor Community Cafe, 3 Albert St, Ventnor, PO38 1DS
Thursdays from 7pm to 8.30 pm.

This is a great opportunity to share and discover new ideas and tips for the coming season.


Healthy CropsIn the current economic climate many more people are thinking about growing their own fruit and veg as it is so much cheaper and healthier but could do with a bit of help and advice.

How do you get from a load of weeds or bare soil or an empty pot to delicious, healthy crops.

Where do you start?

What to do in the garden now?
Where to seeds and when to sow them?
How do you make good compost?
What sort of fertilizer to use and when?
How to deal with garden pests?
What can you grow in pots?
How do you prune things?

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The next Isle of Wight Permaculture Monthly Meeting meeting is due to be held this Sunday 7th June at 10:30am, slight snag – we don’t have a host for it as yet.

If you would like to host it please let us know ASAP, you don’t have to have held one before, nothing grand is expected. All you need is a garden or a bit of land and preferably a kettle. We can help out around your garden or we can just talk, have a question and answer session or swap seeds and plants etc

We have a host for July but we welcome the chance to pencil in people for future months.

Please get in contact if you would like to host this or a future month or would like to come to our meetings.
Phone: 01983 854968

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Plant and seed sale/swap at Ventnor Community CafeVentnor Permaculture Group

is holding a

Plant and Seed Sale/Swap

Saturday 2nd May

Ventnor Community Cafe

3 Albert St, Ventnor,
Isle Of Wight PO38 1DS

10:30am – 1pm.


Get some cheap flower and vegetable plants, seedlings or seeds.
Never grown anything before?
We will advise you how to grow anything you buy! (more…)

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Inside a willow domeThe monthly Isle of Wight Permaculture meeting is being hosted by James in Upper Ventnor this Sunday 8th March at 10:30 am.

Various jobs to do in his garden, weeding, compost spreading, and James could do with some creative ideas of what to use a certain area of the garden for! New workshop made partly with reclaimed materials to see, plus various other things that might be of interest…. portable cob oven etc. Bring a spade or fork perhaps.

I don’t have any photos of his garden but as James is also an expert at making living willow domes I thought I would add a pic of one.

For address/directions please contact:
Phone: 01983 854968
Photo: London Permaculture

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Typical allotmentsWith the present economic climate and a huge amount of interest in growing your own vegetables (sales of vegetable seeds were up by 60% last year) and fruit, where to grow them has become an increasing problem for many people who have small or non-existent gardens.  There are a few options available to get yourself some growing space including allotments, Adopt-A-Garden and Landshare.

Photo: Angus Mackie

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Well liked mature couple John and Yvonne, who quite a few of us know from the community of Ventnor, are looking for a house to share with like-minded people (green living) in the direction of Brightstone or thereabouts. It could be rented or shared and John and Yvonne would welcome any age group but not too rowdy. They are keen to have an open fire and space to grow things and practice drumming. Please contact them on 854346

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The Isle of Wight Permaculture Group Monthly Meeting will be hosted by James at his land in Porchfield.

James said:

Sunday 10.30am til whenever. Come and have a wander round the meadow and woodland and do some hazel coppicing. Other jobs available! Maybe we can have a bonfire too. There’s a large shabby caravan with a woodburner for tea breaks. Please bring if you have them – boots, gloves, a coppicing saw or pruning saw, kneeling mats and loppers. If people could bring a flask of drink or a cup that’d help, though we have some tea-making stuff there. I will take biscuits! The ground is uneven and still a bit muddy.

All welcome. For address, directions and a mobile phone number for James on the day please contact:
Phone: 01983 854968

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