Tuesday 29 March 2011

British Summer Time!

With clocks wound on by an hour, we met on Sunday to celebrate spring 2011 at the garden. We planted out the shallots and onion sets in bed 12 and sowed the calabrese seed in a tray for the cold frame. We also made a fence around bed 12, replaced the tap on the water butt and fitted watering can roses to the watering cans (all purchased with the money raised from the Earth gig the night before).
Access to the garden maybe a little tricky for the next few months, so if you'd like to have a look round just let either myself or Maggie know and we'll arrange to meet you there.

Sunday 27 March 2011

Earth Hour Gig!

Just wanted to record a big Thankyou!

We raised £44.00 for the community food garden project at the Earth Hour gig last night.

Thanks to everyone for being so generous and particularly to Yvonne, Mark and Nathan. They really are the heroes of live music in Louth, they commit both their time and their finances to do what they do and I, for one, am very grateful.

The other bit of good news is that I have the promise of a donated/renovated wheel barrow so perhaps we can use this money for a water butt or two!

Tuesday 22 March 2011

Ideas for the Gatherums

I was in Bristol this weekend and discovered these raised beds at St Werburgh's Farm,
they were very substantial and bordered by a willow arch and screen. I thought they look good and would be a practical solution for the Gatherums.. what do you think?

Monday 21 March 2011

Garden update

Noel, Janet, Eddie,Alison and Maggie met in the garden on Sunday.
The garlic is growing well and one broad bean has emerged.
They planted half a bed of parsnips and half a bed of beetroot and covered them with fleece to protect from the cold nights, then watered the seeds, broad beans, leeks, garlic, rhubarb and fruit bushes. The water butt is getting low so hopefully we'll be able to get the builders to refill it in the absence of any rainfall!

Last Thursday I met Sarah Pillans and some eco students to help plant the donated apple trees.
They look good in their new home to the east of the raised beds.
There are two bramleys, one ellison orange and two other varieties (sorry should have written them down!)

Monday 7 March 2011

March 6th 2011

A slightly warmer day for planting and creating more fortifications against the rabbit world!
Thank you to Cloddygate for the garlic, the plants had strong roots and are now replanted into the new bed. Eddie has the perfect planting tool at home for the next crop.

Pete Hickman arrived just in time as we were starting to make a temporary fence with wire and canes. He dashed home to get his hammer and so a reasonably substantial structure was made. We need nails to complete the job next week.

The rhubarb is growing and the fruit bushes and canes have really taken well in the new beds. Photographs were taken but since then my camera has broken so apologies for that.

There is a new Community garden developing in The Gatherums, the committee have welcomed the idea and we hope to start soon, information will be available on this site, the Transition Town Louth site and through local posters and publicity. Please post comments, suggestions or get in touch if you want more information.