Container Gardening for Everyone!

Would you like to do a bit of gardening, but don’t know where to start? Or perhaps you don’t have much space? Or maybe you think it’ll be too expensive.

Don’t worry!

There are lots of easy and inexpensive options to help you brighten your garden, yard or patio this summer!

You can often pick up bargain plants at a supermarket – Lidl is a favourite! Easy-to-grow and affordable container plants include geraniums, petunias, tomatoes, leafy salad greens and all sorts of herbs.

As for the containers themselves, you can upcycle just about anything! An old bucket, a crate, or even an old wellington boot! Just give it a lick of paint. If you have something you’d like to use as a container, why not bring it along to our Tuesday Repair Cafe and see what our repairing crew can advise.

We have lots of seeds available here at WAC if you’d like some. And our gardening expert, Ann, is here to offer advice every Tuesday!

It looks as though sunshine is in the forecast for Saturday (we hope!), so why not get your hands dirty and do some planting?

What’s on in Penzance for Time Credits Volunteers?

Minack Theatre

If you’re a regular volunteer at WAC, you’ll probably have received some Time Credits vouchers.

There are so many places in and around Penzance for you to use those vouchers! Don’t store them up – get out there and enjoy using them!

Two Time Credits will get you a seat at a performance at the Acorn Theatre in Penzance. Please note that there are limited Time Credit seats available, so you’ll need to ring and book. See the Acorn website for a list of upcoming show.

One Time Credit will give you admission to the Newlyn Art Gallery or The Exchange. You can see some wonderful contemporary art, and the view from the cafe at The Exchange is stunning!

Two Time Credits will get you a ticket to any Cornish Pirates rugby match. No need to ring ahead or book. Just go to Gate 4 on match day and present your Time Credits.

You can use two Time Credits for a ticket to any of the performances at the Penlee Park Open Air Theatre. If you haven’t been before, this is a great experience. Bring a camping chair and a picnic! This year’s programme includes Wuthering Heights, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. There are also various performances for children, as well as music and – new this year – the Penlee Cinema-in-the-Park featuring The Greatest Showman, Bohemian Rhapsody and Mama Mia 2.

Penzance Leisure Centre swimming pool

You can use two Time Credits at most performances at the Minack Theatre, if you’d like to venture a bit further afield from Penzance. As with the Acorn, there are limited Time Credits tickets available and not for all shows, so you’ll need to ring up and ask. This year’s Minack programme includes Fisherman’s Friends, Sister Act, Romeo and Juliet, Great Expectations, Sunset Boulevard and, of course, The Proms at Minack.

You’ll only need one Time Credit to book a session at the Penzance Leisure Centre. For your one Credit, you can book a swimming, gym, badminton or table tennis session. You don’t need to book, unless you want a gym induction.

Go to the Time Credits website for a full list of all the amazing places you can use your Time Credits. And, once you’ve used some, please come back to WAC and tell us how you got on!

 

Easy Everyday Traybakes

Traybakes make great weeknight meals, especially if you’re pressed for time. Not only that, but by cooking everything in one tray, you’ll cut down on the washing up!

There are some great healthy ideas out there for tasty traybakes.

The BBC site has some lovely-sounding ones, including a really healthy chicken, chirozo, tomato and red pepper traybake.

Tesco’s website also has some great suggestions for traybakes. What about sausage (meat or veggie) and butternut squash? Or smoky Mexican chicken?

Easter Holidays Open House

What a fabulous day for a full house! People of all ages were here at WAC, some working in the kitchen, some doing some arts and crafts and others working in our lovely community garden.

Our kitchen helpers made a delicious chicken curry feast, with onion bhajis. Our smoothie guru, Harvey, created a trio of wonderful smoothies. And cakes were provided courtesy of baking wizard(ess) Sharon.

Thanks to all who came out and helped us celebrate the sunshine!

We hold an Open House every Tuesday from 10am-2pm. If you missed today’s, come along any week. And, because this is Easter week, we’re holding a bonus day this Thursday!

Click here to see more photos of today’s Open House.

Sunshine for This Week’s Open House!

We had a fantastic Open House yesterday, with volunteers busy in the kitchen, in the garden and working away at our new shed.

A big thank you to volunteers Christie, Anne and Nigel for their excellent work on the veg beds yesterday. If anyone in the community would like to grow their own chard, we have been thinning out so there are some free plants. Come down next Tuesday or email us on info@wholeagaincommunities.co.uk.

A delicious lunch was cooked and served, courtesy of all the brilliant cooks in the WAC kitchen! We had tasty beef or veggie stew, soft lush flapjacks and an enticing array of wholesome smoothies. We also introduced our scrumptious new breakfast smoothie with oats and yoghurt.

Click here to see more photos of yesterday’s Open House.

 

You Reap What You Sow

Here at WAC, we’re growing food for free! At the moment, it’s peppers and celery.

Join us every Tuesday for a bit of gardening or to get some great gardening tips from our resident gardener, Ann.

Also we have lots of lovely seeds to give away. Grab yourself a packet or two.

Now is the time to sow !

Eating Seasonally in April

The clocks have changed, we’re finally out of winter and spring is springing all around us! That means things are beginning to GROW!

There’s nothing better than eating fruit and veg when they’re in season, and spring is the time of year when we start getting excited about all the delicious things that grow in the UK.

Eating British fruits and vegetables in season is good for you. Foods in season contain the nutrients, minerals and trace elements that our bodies need at particular times of the year. British food travels less far from farm to shop so regardless of how carbon footprints are calculated it self-evidently has a lower carbon footprint.

Choosing British means supporting British farmers whose work helps to keep the British countryside the way we want it to look!

Here at WAC, we are very excited about rhubarb. We even have some growing in our community garden! If you’re not sure what to do with rhubarb, BBC Good Food has some wonderful rhubarb recipes. We particularly like it stewed very simply with sugar to taste, and maybe a bit of orange juice and zest. Serve it for breakfast with Greek yoghurt and granola for a healthy start to your day!

Some vegetables that are in season are early asparagus, celeriac, chard, Jersey Royal potatoes, kale, leeks, lettuce and other salad leaves, parsnips, purple sprouting broccoli, radishes, spinach, spring greens and spring cabbage, spring onions, turnip tops and watercress.

Please visit your local grocer or farm shop and pick up some wonderful season produce!

Free Easter Break Activities at WAC!

If you’re looking for a fun family activity for the Easter break, why not come along to WAC?

On Tuesday 9th April, Tuesday 16th April and Thursday 18th April, we’ll be holding free Taster Workshops from 10am-2pm. Drop in and learn some cookery in our kitchen, enjoy a delicious lunch, have a go at planting up a decorated tin in our community garden, or help at our weekly Repair Cafe.

Bring the whole family! We’d love to see you!

First Open House of April!

WAC was a busy place on Tuesday!

We had some hard at work in the kitchen, others looking after our community garden and others repairing household goods and working on a new WAC garden shed!

It was all topped off by a delicious and healthy lunch of farinata and mixed salad using spinach and hot leaves from the garden. Green smoothies followed, made from lime, apple, cucumber and spinach.

Why not come and join us next Tuesday – or any Tuesday – from 10am until 12pm. We’d be happy to have you join our kitchen, gardening or Repair Cafe teams; or, if you’d rather not, then just join us for a lovely communal lunch. All are welcome.