Sunday 30 May 2010

Sunday May 30th

Thank you to Nick and Sarah we now have squash, sweet corn and courgettes! Nick will you let us know the varieties planted for our records? Eddie's hacked nettles were added as mulch, full of nitrogen for the worms to work on.
One more bed was nearly completed with cardboard as a base and a very creative method for keeping the rabbits away using salvaged materials from the grounds. Well it might shock them by its temporary nature if they try to jump over.
Janet thinned the lettuce and after tasting on the plot we all took bags home for ourselves and neighbours. Open as usual next week 2.00 to 4.00, see you there!

Sunday 23 May 2010

Mad dogs and English folk

It was really was too hot for manual work at the garden today but we didn't let that stop us!
Here is Noel making two new beds for even more lovely vegetables..not sure what just yet!

 Eddie harvesting nettlesMosaic in progress

We continue to be thoroughly impressed with our lovely broad bean crop and runner beans in the mini cloche are coming on nicely.

Hoping we can make some progress with more rabbit proof fencing soon, sadly we lost all of the sunflower plants and some herbs to our little bunny friends over the last few days.
We sampled some of the lettuce today which have filled out really well, looks like our temporary bunny proof wire is working on those beds at the very least!

Monday 17 May 2010

Rhubarb feast

We planted a full bed of marrow fat peas 6" apart (well almost!) , some calendula, geraniums, herbs, sunflowers and more lovely lettuce (Thanks to Nick for providing yet more plants for the garden).
    It was a warm and sunny afternoon so we celebrated with Jude's lovely rhubarb dessert,(Thanks to Bob for the rhubarb) the first of hopefully many feasts we'll enjoy at the garden 
We had our picture taken for the East Lindsey Messenger that will accompany an article about Transition Town Louth in the next edition.
We plan to extend the garden with a few more plots next Sunday so please come and join us 2-4pm, perhaps
we'll have a bit more Rhubarb to cook! 

Sunday 9 May 2010

Sunday, May 9th

The garden looks better each week with the broad beans getting bigger, strawberries and fruit bushes flowering and the rhubarb ready to harvest. Next week it will be tasting time for the first crop of the season cooked in the garden!
Welcome to David and Sarah who were immediately busy with seeds they had brought, they planted two large pots of runner beans, one of radish and one of salad leaves all cunningly protected with plastic supported by scavenged flexy wood.
Also planted were beetroot seeds, rocket and two courgettes. Herbs were split and planted in the spiral centre piece. Jude decided to take the two pots of mint home to pot in larger containers and bring back next week.
Noel was technical expert for devising ways to secure the polythene over the courgettes. The last bed was filled with top soil which leaves decisions to be made on new beds, what to put in them and how big they should be!
It must be nearly time to put our three courgettes in a prepared bed and the squash and sweet corn, all donated by Nick and Sarah, plus more herbs and edible flowers.
Everyone welcome to come next week on Sunday from 2.00 -4.00pm.

Sunday 2 May 2010

Billy finds his spuds!

Billy is reunited with his seed potatoes that went missing last week. We found them and planted them before Billy had a chance to do it himself, that's him in the top right guarding the plot!
Today we made a protective shield around the rhubarb which should stop stray balls rolling into the patch.
We assembled the herb spiral and planted some parsley seeds, we'll transplant some more herbs soon to fill out the spiral. We started to fill the last raised bed with top soil and abandoned the idea of a mini poly tunnel, but made a rabbit proof net cover instead for the leek seeds. We also installed an overflow tub for the water butt to try and save even more precious rainwater!
Then we had a cup of tea!