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Part of 'The Commons: Re-Enchanting the World' project
September 15, 2021 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm


September 15, 2021
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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The Museum of English Rural Life
The Museum of English Rural Life, Redlands Road
Reading, Berkshire RG1 5EX United Kingdom
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Planting in th MERL garden, part of Commons

Would you like to be a ‘Becoming with Wheat Companion’ (BwW)?

As part of ‘The Commons: Re-Enchanting the World’ project, artist Amanda Couch has been hosting monthly meet-ups.

BwW Companions will work with, advise, care for, and learn from each other, the wheat and any other entities and phenomena in The MERL Garden. Everyone is welcome but please remember that when visiting the museum or garden booking is strongly recommended until further notice.


Location: Museum garden – meet by the mobile raised beds
Time: 3:30 – 4:30pm

  • Wed 15 Sept: Sow seeds and plant out seedlings of winter veg

Past meet-ups

  • Wed 26 May: To plant beans and squash in beds.
  • Friday 4 June: To plant beans and squash in beds.
  • Wed 30 June: With the appearance of the ears of corn we will discuss listening and plant communication. We will also discuss strategies and ideas for other activities for the autumn.
  • Wed 28 July: Harvesting wheat or looking at and estimating its readiness.

Now that the wheat has been harvested, the BwW Companions have decided to use the raised beds to grow other fare for the autumn/winter. In this BwWC monthly meet up we will sow seeds and plant out seedlings of winter veg such as lettuces, turnip greens, sea beet, chard and winter purslane that will accompany the squash which is still in the beds. We will also plant some colourful winter plants, to raise our spirits when the dark days of winter arrive! So please join us if you have some seeds to sow, one or two seedlings to plant out, or just want to help in the activity to fill the beds with something to nourish and cheer us in preparation for winter.

We will also finalise activities for The Commons: Re-Enchanting the World Heritage Open Day event on Saturday 18 September, where we will be processing the wheat we have been growing: dehulling, threshing, winnowing and hand milling.

Becoming with Wheat and The Commons: Re-Enchanting the World is supported by Arts Council England and University for the Creative Arts.