Gardening sessions:
Every Sunday, 1-5pm
Every Wednesday, 4pm-dusk
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Dear OxGrowers,

June has brought cloud and drizzle to our little corner of the world. Nevertheless, the garden is absolutely bursting! You can barely move for bumping into potatoes, beans, onions, sweetcorn, cabbages, carrots, parsnips, beetroots, chard, lettuce, kale, pumpkins, cucumbers, squashes,wildflowers and sunflowers!

Last week we planted lots outside. There's a new sweetcorn patch and pumpkin patch  in the Harvest Bed. Some tomatoes have been planted out in the big polytunnel. There was a lot of energetic digging in our new Heritage Seed bed and we've planted some Dudi plants (funny name but look it up it's really cool!), Lab Lab, Achocha and Sweet Potato.


This week we will:

  • plant salad in the small beds which are covered at the moment.
  • plant out more brassicas and sweetcorn.
  • clear the staging in the big poly tunnel and dig a middle bed. The rest of the tomatoes can then be planted there.
  • weeding and watering


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 As for the weeks ahead...

Sundays: garden open 1pm - 5pm-ish


Wednesdays: garden open 4pm - dusk

Sunday 12th June 5:30pm: Peter Naumann Poetry Reading in the garden
Many of you will know Peter from around the garden. He's a regular volunteer and was a member of last year's committee.  He'll be reading a selection of poems from his new book 'Holm'. Feel free to bring along some drinks and snacks to enjoy.

Saturday 2nd July: Irregular Folk Summer Session at Hogacre Common
Lots of music and a fun atmosphere at this mini festival. Enjoy sounds in the Bedouin tent and the new Odditorium stage. Find out more

If it's your first time, or if you're not sure what to do, look out for Penelope and Marta who will be there to provide gardening guidance and advice. Remember that you can drop in at any point and stay for as long as you'd like!

Please feel free, as usual, to bring anything that we can share during our tea & cake break - home-cultivated sprouts, breads and any type of baked goods are always welcome!
See you in the garden on Sunday!

Our wormest wishes,

Team OxGrow




Directions to get to OxGrow (15 minutes by foot, 6.25 minutes by bike):
  1. From the middle of town at Carfax Tower (at Cornmarket and High Streets), go south on the Abingdon Road and turn right into White House Road. (White House Rd is the second right after the bridge.)
  2. Go down the road ~200 metres to the bend where you'll see Grandpont Nursery. Take the tree-covered path straight in front of you past SOAP (the South Oxford Adventure Playground).
  3. Cross the railway bridge, turn right and you’ve found us!
  4. And here's a more detailed Google Map:

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Sign up to be an OxGrow Facilitator

If you'd like to be part of the facilitator rota, add your details to the following list so we can be in contact. This involves making sure the list of jobs is on the board; welcoming people into the garden; making sure everyone is comfortable and keeping busy; helping to tidy and lock up. No expertise necessary and we'll train you up so you'll know what you're doing and you can team up with another person too! :) Enthusiam, consideration for others, and an interest in developing your ability to help lead activities is all you need:




Hire Hogacre Common

If in need of a space for a private event - including birthday parties, family gatherings, student+community group meetings, and so on - Hogacre Common is available for hire. The following are available for your enjoyment on the day of hire:

  • The Pavilion, including
    • the kithen (sinks, fridge, stove-top and oven, pots, pans, cutlery & crockery for 40+ individuals, water kettle + urn, microwave)
    • the Cafe space (six tables, 30+ chairs, speakers with mp3 connection, piano)
    • two bathrooms
  • The Meadow, including
    • brick fire pit (10 ft. diameter)
    • firewood and kindling
  • The Forest School woodland site
  • The apple, pear, and quince orchard (for meandering only, at this point!)

Bookings are a primary source of income for Hogacre and are thus important for keeping the Common and OxGrow up and running! If interested in hiring Hogacre you can write to:

Oxford Green Directory


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Discover your local Farmers' Market!
Every Sunday, usually (give or take) 9am-12noon

The DailyInfo website has a very useful page which lists all the farmers' markets in Oxford. The one closest to Hogacre is the South Oxford Farmers' and Community Market so you can easily pop in there ahead or after coming down to Oxgrow. But don't forget to explore farmers markets in other corners of Oxford - it's a nice excuse to visit parts of town you rarely go to, and an easy way to stock up on local produce! Click here for a complete list. 

Monday Shop
East Oxford Community Centre, every Monday, 4-7.30pm

This friendly food co-op is open every Monday and sells fresh food sourced from local farms at affordable prices. More info on their Facebook page:

SESI Food and Household Refills - your one-stop refill station

SESI is Oxford's longest serving refill station of food products and household detergents - super sustainable, local enterprise! Well over 250 refills and food/household products are available to order through this website:

Good Food Oxford

A wonderful resource with everything you need to know about issues to do with food which is 'good for the planet, good for the people, and good for the community'. Check them out here:

The Low Carbon Oxford North Food Directory now available! All your local suppliers are now listed in one easily searchable place. Check it out online. Initial reviews are excellent!

Broken Spoke Bike Co-op

Learn how to fix your bike in this do-it-together bike co-op in the heart of Oxford. Probably cheaper than your local bike shop + you learn new skills! Seesion times available at

Friends of OxGrow


Explore this network of fantastic organisations run by OUR community! They support us and we support them. Chip in a bit of your time when you can to make Oxford a better city for all. (And let us know if you'd like us to include your logo+link!)



Much love, from OxGrow! <3

OxGrow Community Garden
Based on Hogacre Common Eco Park
47a Whitehouse Road
Oxford, OX1 4QH

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