What we do

At Grow@Jigsaw social enterprise project we grow good quality produce including plants, seasonal vegetables, fruit, herbs, salad leaves and potatoes at affordable prices.  

Plants and produce are prepared and grown with out the use of pesticides by our enthusiastic team of volunteers.

Plants are grown from seed and then transplanted, potted and nurtured during the whole of the growing process.

Produce is freshly prepared and nurtured in our polytunnels and raised beds at our allotment site at Rose Hill and our greenhouses at Grow@Jigsaw.

We offer collections of freshly prepared seasonal veg boxes for a competitive price of £3.10.

We deliver produce to the Cafe du parc, Victoria Park in Bideford and also to Orchards Farm Shop in Barnstaple, as well as other local cafes and shops.

We offer a gardening experience for our volunteers to go into the wider community. By giving our services, maintaining the borders of residential areas as well as additional support in our community lots of Northam, Barnstaple and East-The-Water, Bideford.

Basics of the science behind plants and their growing cycles

Herbaceous – Plants which do not develop a persistent woody structure above ground. Their stems leaves usually die in Winter

Perennials – Herbaceous plant which has an ongoing cycle of growing, season by season for more than one or two years

Annuals – Herbaceous plant which has a growing cycle of just one year for a season before they die.  The Annuals are divided into ‘Hardy’ and ‘Half Hardy’ plants.  Hardy Annuals have a tolerance to survive normal UK winters, whereas Half Hardy Annuals cannot withstand frost.

To quote the well known saying “Never cast a cloud until May is out”. After May, it is when all of the frosts should have gone and is a good time for the bedding season to start.

Biennials – Herbaceous plant which has a cycle of two years during their season before they die.

Ephemeral – A plant that goes through a number of cycles per year. Whilst normally considered a weed, certain species can be an ideal variation to your garden.

Deciduous – Plants which lose their leaves in winter.  This applies for trees which lose their leaves to conserve water.  An example of this is the Japanese Maple (Latin name Acer palmatum)

Evergreen – Some plants are able to retain their leaves all the time.  Examples of these are conifers, some trees and shrubs.  An example of this is holly (Latin name Ilex aquifolium)

Semi Evergreen Some plants are dependent on the weather and/or season which determines whether they retain or lose their leaves.  The milder the winter, the more likely some plants are to retain them.  However, the harsher the winter, the less likely plants are to retain their leaves.  An example of this is Burkwood Viburnum (Latin name Viburnum x burkwoodii)

 

If you would like to see a plant or flower blooming year by year without too much maintenance perennials are a very good choice.

But if you like a bit of difference as the years go by with varying plants or colours, biennials are another good option.

Come and see one of our volunteers for help or guidance in choosing a plant to suit your needs and interests. We can offer ideas and advice if you have particular garden spaces or shady and/or sunny spots.