The East London Garden Society

The Voice ‐ September 2018

Comment by Geoff

Geoff Juden

The East London Garden Society will be raising a petition in front of the full Council of Tower Hamlets on Wednesday 19 September 2018 at around 6.30 p.m. in The Town Hall, Mulberry Place, 5 Clove Crescent, London E14 2BG.

The purpose of this petition is to have the use of Roundup, a Glyphosate based product, banned in public areas within Tower Hamlets. If you feel strongly about the use of this product, please come along and support this petition. See Ban Glyphosate Based Herbicides for further information about this product.

A Plant’s Immune System

Like animals, plants also have an immune system, so how does it work?

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RHS Lindley Library Autumn Programme

The RHS Lindley Library has published it’s Autumn Programme of exhibitions, tours and study sessions commencing 10 September 2018. Choose now which you’d like to attend. Back to top

Regents Canal

The Regents Canal is being transformed into a green corridor. There are coots and swans, and with your help we can have water voles and otters. See this wonderful video on Regents Canal Back to top

Court Rules Against Monsanto

In a recent landmark case, a Californian jury found that Monsanto knew its Roundup and RangerPro weedkillers were dangerous and failed to warn consumers. As a result, the chemical giant Monsanto has been ordered to pay £226m damages to a man who claimed herbicides containing glyphosate had caused his cancer.

See Court Rules Against Monsanto for details. Back to top

Black Poplar

Black Poplar (Populus nigra) is a broadleaf deciduous tree native to the UK and Europe, and according to the Forestry Commission it is the most endangered native timber tree in Britain.

Mature trees grow to 30 metres and can live for 200 years. The bark is dark brown but often appears black and is thick with numerous fissures and burrs. Black Poplar is dioecious, so has male and female varieties with different flowers (catkins). The male catkins are red and female catkins are yellow‐green which are pollinated by wind. Once fertilised, female catkins develop into fluffy cotton‐like seeds, which fall in late summer and have a faint scent of balsam.

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Cooking in a Different Way ‐ Easy Stir Fry

It’s always good to have food tasting of natural goodness. This recipe shows a way of using some of your garden produce.


  • 2 tablespoons of sunflower oil
  • 4 spring onions, cut into 1½" lengths
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • A piece of fresh root ginger, about ½", peeled and grated
  • 1 carrot, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 red pepper, cut into thick matchsticks
  • 100 grams of baby sweetcorn, halved
  • 1 courgette, cut into thick matchsticks
  • 150 grams of sugar‐snap peas or mangetout, trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons of hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of low-salt soy sauce

Method: Heat a wok on a high heat and add the sunflower oil. Add the spring onions, garlic, ginger and stir‐fry for one minute, then reduce the heat. Take care not to brown the vegetables.

Add the carrot, red pepper and baby sweetcorn and stir‐fry for two minutes. Add the courgette and sugar snap peas and stir-fry for a further three minutes. Toss the ingredients from the centre to the side of the wok using a wooden spatula. Do not overcrowd the wok and keep the ingredients moving.

Add one tablespoon water, hoisin and soy sauce and cook over a high heat for a further two minutes or until all the vegetables are cooked but not too soft. Serve with noodles or rice.

Recipe Tips: Make sure all the food is prepared before you start cooking. Cut all the vegetables to a similar size to ensure they cook evenly. Esnure the oil is hot before you commence cooking but reduced to a medium heat once you start cooking. Back to top



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