The East London Garden Society

The Voice ‐ January 2018

Comment by Geoff

Geoff Juden

The East London Garden Society has been trying to organise an exhibition to show off all that is great in the world of gardening in London, but It has always been a challenge. London is one of the few major cities not to expose what is wonderful in and on the ground, as well as what can be made from the urban environment.

In 2018, I hope to be able to arrange such a show, for there is a great wealth in what ordinary Londoners are producing, at everyday level.

Bethnal Green Gardens Area

Bethnal Green Gardens is a grade II listed area, which includes Paradise Gardens, Museum Gardens, Bethnal Green Gardens, plus many protected buildings.

The East London Garden Society has arranged a meeting to understand how the conservation can be better maintained, discuss the usage of The Library, the re‐vamp of Paradise Gardens and to understand the issues at hand.

The meeting will take place at The Museum of Childhood on 21 January 2018 at 2 p.m. If you are interested in attending, please contact Back to top

McDonald’s must reduce Pesticide

McDonald’s is the world’s biggest purchaser of potatoes, buying more than 3.4 billion pounds of US grown potatoes every year.

The Toxic Taters Coalition is calling on McDonald’s to devise a strategy to reduce pesticide usage on its potato products because potato fields may be sprayed with toxic pesticides every five days, with the drift easily traveling to neighbouring farms, homes and schools.

We should all care about what we grow and eat. Back to top

Dragon Fruit

Dragon fruit (Hylocereus undatus) is a tropical fruit that belongs to the climbing cacti. The French introduced the fruit into Vietnam over a hundred years ago. According to some accounts, the French took the fruit from Nicaragua and Colombia, while others say the French brought it with them from Guyana (South America) in 1870 as an ornamental plant.

Today, Vietnam is the world’s leading exporter of dragon fruit, with revenues from dragon fruit making 55 percent of the country’s fruit export turnover. The main reason for dragon fruit’s preciousness is that it lives only one night!
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Indoor Gardening

Indoor Gardening is a way forward for the urban environment, to improve not only the vista, but to find a way forward for all to appreciate what can be achieved.

Recently, someone who grew the plant Aloe Vera never realised the beneficial effects of the plant. Now their belief in having indoor plants has improved the lives of the family.

People who suffer from psoriasis often have trouble finding the perfect medication that can give them the desired results. If you are one of those people who seek the perfect treatment option, then, Aloe Vera should be something you must try.

This wondrous plant comes with a myriad of benefits for skin and health, and it does help in curing the various symptoms of psoriasis. This is just one aspect of why it is important for everyone to use their imagination with indoor gardening. Just one plant in a pot in Winter, can create a more purified and possibly a healthier household. Back to top

Cooking in a Different Way ‐ Turmeric Tea

Tumeric Tea

Turmeric tea has been around since ancient times. A close relative of ginger, this spice has been primarily used to combat different conditions brought on by inflammation. Nowadays, turmeric is available in the market in different forms and incorporated into numerous products, one of the most popular being turmeric tea.

You’ve probably seen the bright yellow‐orange powder during one of your trips to the supermarket. With its striking colour, it’s hard to miss it! Turmeric, or golden spice, is one of the most beneficial spices in the culinary world. Apart from being a soothing drink, turmeric tea is loaded with numerous healthy components and drinking it will provide you with a whole plethora of health benefits. The following recipe is from ‘Turmeric for Health’.


  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 teaspoon of grated turmeric root or turmeric powder
  • 1 lemon, to taste

Method: Boil four cups of water. Reduce the heat and add one teaspoon of turmeric. Let it simmer for ten minutes. Strain the tea using a fine sieve. Add lemon to taste, and serve.

You can also try a tea combination of ginger and turmeric to benefit from the nutritional components of both roots. Here’s a recipe for Ginger‐Tumeric Tea that has been adapted from ‘Organic Facts’:


  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon of grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon of honey or lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper

Method: Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan. Add the turmeric and ginger. Bring the heat down and let simmer. Steep the mixture for ten to fifteen minutes before straining the tea into a teapot. Add black pepper, honey and lemon juice to taste.

Storage: Store Turmeric Tea in a cool, dark cupboard away from direct sunlight or any type of heat. Avoid placing turmeric on kitchen shelves directly above the stove or oven to avoid indirectly exposing it to heat. Back to top



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