Karen Pickles
  • Female
  • Huddersfield
  • United Kingdom

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  • Jake McMahon
  • Jane Clayton
  • Charlie Brook
  • Sarah Gathercole
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  • Shona Cullen
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I can offer
Gardening & yard labour, Garden watering, to be a gardening buddy, Food from my garden
Food Growing Skill Level
Experience and Qualifications
Lots of years in the garden
I am interested in...
Buying Local Food, Selling Local Grown Food, Bartering Local Food, Community Gardens, Learning, Preserving, Helping Others
Tell us about your garden and what you're growing
3 years ago my garden was just a simple lawn. Then I met Jake who has transformed it. We now have a patio, lots of hanging baskets, a greenhouse for tomatoes, peppers chillis etc, and raised beds where we grow a variety of different vegetables inculding: potatoes, carrots, cabbage, broccoli, squash, leeks, onions, herbs and more. Jake has recently planted some winter veg, and he is going to construct some higher raised beds that I can work on next year.

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Ooooby versity, Huddersfield. Meeting 6th October

Dave sent his apologies because he had to be elsewhere on Tuesday, but left us with a good idea to raise funds for the project. What about a car boot sale in the car park or somewhere similar? We will discuss that further at another meeting.

Marie-Claire drafted us a Mission Statement, which we went through and agreed to. The 'Committee' was discussed again and Jake was nominated the Chairman. It was agreed that all significant decisions must be agreed by at least four committee members.… Continue

Posted on October 10, 2009 at 1:00am — 1 Comment

Ooooby-versity Huddersfield, meeting 29th September

We had a good meeting tonight with 7 new members, although our guest speaker couldn't make it.

Neville: decided to start gardening ages ago and although he didn't know much, he just 'did it', taking lots of advice from older people.

Susan: is from MAST (Marsden and Slaithwaite Transition towns. She is also involved in the Slaithwaite co-op that Graham talked to us about last week. She is on the Board of the co-cop.

Pip: is a new gardener and has chickens. He is also involved in… Continue

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 1:45am

Ooooby-versity metting 22nd September

We had three new members tonight. Welcome to; Alma, Maryanne and Thelma. Was nice to see some new faces. Graham (from the Slaithwaite Co-op was interested in learning what our 'game' plan is. We told him about the land and what we hope to achieve with it and that it is a learning experience for all of us. We aim to keep it organic too.

Dave and Jake managed to get to the garden centre at Milnsbridge and saw Paddy Walsh who has donated about 20 bags of compost and a couple of gravel.… Continue

Posted on September 24, 2009 at 3:06am — 1 Comment

Ooooby-versity, HUddersfield. Meeting September 15th 2009

Dave told us that the two ladies from the Longwood branch of Incredible Edibles are very interested in coming along to one of our meetings and would like to meet us all. Marie-Claire said she will contact them and sort out a date.

He also said that Paddy Walsh from the garden centre is donating a box of seeds to us of both veg and plants. They are unsold stock and would normally be sent back and a credit note given, however Thompson and Morgan said he could donate them to us and they would… Continue

Posted on September 16, 2009 at 11:38am — 1 Comment

Ooooby-versity, Huddersfield. Meeting 7th September, 2009

Our guest speaker for tonight was going to be Graham Mitchell of the Green Valley Grocer co-op in Slaithwaite, but unfortunately he couldn't make it, but has promised us he will make it to another meeting in the near future.

Mr Brian Storey stood in for him at short notice...thanks Brian.

He spoke to us about seed collecting.

Any flower or vegetable has to have a seed, as such we can collect them and save ourselves from paying astronomical prices in shops, so why not collect our… Continue

Posted on September 9, 2009 at 1:21pm — 4 Comments

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At 11:39am on December 2, 2011, Megan said…

hello Karen, hope you're well. Would love to see updated photos of your land project. How's it progressing?

At 12:01pm on November 16, 2009, Janet Byers said…
Hi Karen - you're an inspiration! I love the north of England, and I have seen beautiful gardens in Yorkshire, but I think it would require real dedication to garden there. I live in the North of New Zealand which is temperate, and working outside is pleasant for most of the year.
At 7:23am on October 12, 2009, Pete Russell said…
Congrats on the progress Karen. You guys are such a great inspiration and example.
At 8:37am on October 2, 2009, Megan said…
The pots are really sturdy packed up against each other but once you remove them from the tray, they collapse (which is good thing when you come to planting them) but means that you need to ensure that the seedlings all have similar germination times. I put some rocket in the middle of a tray, not a good idea, they emerged first and it was fun getting them out! Not a problem if you're planting an entire tray of the same variety, I only have a couple of small raised beds.
At 12:33pm on September 30, 2009, Megan said…
Hello Karen, here's a link to one of the many youtube video's on how to fold these pots. I don't bother with sellotape, just use a letter open to crease the folds really sharply and fold the flaps in. Half a sheet of a tabloid makes the size pots in my photos. Gee you're a night owl....
At 11:27am on September 30, 2009, Megan said…
hello again Karen, have just uploaded a photo of the string of chilis in our kitchen
At 7:55am on September 30, 2009, Megan said…
hello Karen, it's fiddly but strings of chili's look great hanging in the kitchen. When harvesting them leave as long a stem as possible and using a sharp pointed needle with large eye (chenilles are good), thread them up with linen thread. Pass the needle through the thickest part of the stem (where it joins the fruit).
At 5:23pm on September 12, 2009, John Preston said…
Karen. I came to the Media Centre meeting and would be interested to come back to a meeting and learn how its is developing, what speakers do you have planned in the coming weeks? I'm looking to develop a wider project in Leeds.

It would be really helpful if you e-mailed me at work J.Preston@btcv.org.uk as I haven't mastered the oooby system.
At 10:18pm on August 28, 2009, Marie-Claire Kidd said…
Hi Karen.
Pete might have told you, he's found a speaker for the next meeting. I'll work on Ben for the week after
At 8:23pm on August 23, 2009, Pete Russell said…
Thank you Karen. How did you know?

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