Honey Club - Honey Harvest!

Honey Club - Honey Harvest!

Here's a blog post from the Honey Club, where our Generators helped harvest some honey...

With Christmas now far behind us and everyone back into the usual work routine, the Honey Club thought now would be a good time to add a little sunshine to the January gloom and get stuck in with our honey harvest.

We kicked it off on Thursday by inviting the lovely people at Wolff Olins to come along and help prepare the honey comb.

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Jan 2015: Notes from the Garden

Jan 2015: Notes from the Garden

We were honoured recently when the Skip garden was chosen by Alan Titchmarsh to appear as a special mention in his TV programme ‘Britain’s Best Back Gardens’.

Click here to watch the clip!

Which got me thinking ‘what are my favourite gardens?’

Paul's Top Ten Gardens (some cheating)

1.  I don't think I've ever met a botanic garden I didn't like - a heady mix of science and art. These are some of my favourites – I’ve cheated by lumping them all together.

Kew, Wakehurst, Logan (Scotland), Caernarvon (Wales), Brooklyn & Bronx NY, Berkeley (USA) and Tenerife.

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Dec 2014: Notes from the Garden Shed

Dec 2014: Notes from the Garden Shed

Clothing crisis alert! The calendar says wrap up warm but the weather is so mild that even working in a Tee shirt feels hot – ridiculous! 

I’m writing this on the last day of November but it feels more like October. Most trees are still holding onto their leaves and I've just read the news that frogspawn has been found on Dartmoor – a new early record – but I can’t help thinking that it will end in tears for those poor frogs!

Our Bees are being sensible at least and staying in the hive although we’ve lots of nice flowers in the crop skips if they fancy a snack.

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August 2014: Notes from the Garden Shed

August 2014: Notes from the Garden Shed

“The early bees are assaulting and fumbling the flowers”  The line from the poem ‘Naming of Parts’ by Henry Reed came to mind recently while watching our Skip Garden Honey Bees feeding on the flowers of our Blackcurrant Sage (Salvia microphylla) bush in the Orchard Skip, writes Paul Richens.

They’ve found a way of getting to the nectar sacks of these deep, slimline and rather beautiful cerise flowers. They do this by biting a hole near the base of the flower then poking their heads in and drinking the nectar.

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July 2014: Notes from the Garden Shed

July 2014: Notes from the Garden Shed

Happy summertide to one and all, writes Paul Richens. I’ve been wondering what to write about – all our veggies are doing what veggies should be doing at this time of year – growing! We got our first aubergine flowers, first ripe cherry tomatoes some lovely lettuces and our first courgette – all of which are making our kitchen team very happy – phew!

But a visit by my daughter from Harrogate and one from a long-standing friend and family, all the way from Australia, has got me thinking about all the other lovely visitors to the Kings Cross Skip Garden.

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Fresh from the Kitchen

Fresh from the Kitchen

We’ve had a month of new food and new faces in the kitchen, just in time for all the big events we have coming up to celebrate our ten year anniversary, writes Global Generation Chef Catherine Forrester.

We’re delighted to welcome two new kitchen interns, Harriet and Veronica. We were only planning to recruit one person, but they were both so brilliant we just couldn’t choose! They’ve already made themselves invaluable, helping to create some amazing pizzas in our new wood-fired pizza oven at an event in their first week.

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June 2014: Notes from the Garden Shed

June 2014: Notes from the Garden Shed

Sweet as honey: we’ve just tasted our first Skip garden honey – and it’s wonderful! In tandem with the extraction sessions, working with our two famous urban Beekeepers Alison Benjamin and Brian McCallum, we’ve also been running workshops on planting bee-friendly flowers, cos no flowers no honey!... writes Paul Richens.

People do try and grow wildflowers at home but often without knowing that wildflowers need soil that is nutrient poor and are bewildered when nothing grows.

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Skip Garden Featured in London on the Inside Website

The Skip Garden Kitchen was reviewed by London on The Inside website, who are dedicated to finding "The hippest trends, coolest bands, social events and industry secrets". Our edgy veggie food gets rave reviews and our 10 Year Anniversary a helpful plug! 

The Skip Garden Bees are Buzzing!

The Skip Garden Bees are Buzzing!

With the warm weather we have seen lots of excitement with our two hives. The air in our little corner of Kings Cross is thick with bees. Having produced two new queens the worker bees have been busy finding a new homes for the queens to lay their brood, writes Jane Riddiford.

Fortunately the Skip Garden bees are placid and the hives are healthy; we are lucky. I am taken back to 2011, when we got our first Global Generation hives ...I spend several hours lifting frames looking for the blue dotted queen, a plan to tame a feisty colony.

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May 2014: Notes from the Garden Shed

May 2014: Notes from the Garden Shed

The glories of Spring definitely brings out the poet in me, writes Paul Richens.

“O Dear” somebody said, “it’s raining!”… “well yes” I said… “thank goodness and anyway” ‘April showers bring forth May flowers.’ [English Proverbs c.1670].

I suppose after winter we all want Spring to ‘get on with it’ – warmth, sunny days all bathed in wonderful green.

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April 2014: Notes from the Garden Shed

April 2014: Notes from the Garden Shed

Ready…Steady…Spring! Actually we’ve already started the new season planting up potato bags with First Early varieties and trying to germinate some tomatoes and squash seeds – perhaps a forlorn hope but that’s gardening, writes Paul Richens.

What I see in the Kings Cross Skip Garden now reminds me of the stuff left on the beach after the tide goes out – the flotsam and jetsam of a mild winter.

Things that should never have survived, like the gaudy Osteospermum or Cape Daisy or the orange flares of Calendula or Pot Marigold are now flowering wildly – a silent hurray to the new Spring.

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