August Bank Holiday stall

Our stall in Rams Walk, as part of the Petersfield Festival, selling books, bric a brac, plants and jam, and raising awareness about the Garden. We also had a flying visit from Adam, back south from Norfolk

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The Garden in April

Things are moving and stirring for another year in the Garden. Plum blossom has now almost finished and apple blossom is about to bloom
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The Tayberries and Loganberries have started new growth, and the first ladybirds have appeared

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Meanwhile we’ve been active: here are Sue & Louise planting onion sets

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while seedlings in the greenhouse are coming up:

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Wassailing

Despite almost continuous rain, twenty of us came to the garden today for what has become the traditional start to our year: wassailing the trees in the orchard prior to pruning them.

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Once again we had the Petersfield community choir to help us sing

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followed by some instruction in pruning the apple trees

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Parts of the garden are **very** water logged :)

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Upcoming tasks

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We’ll be busy at the garden this Sunday from 2pm.  Here’s a flavour of what’s on offer:

  • picking vegetables and sweet peas
  • harvesting onions
  • a little weeding for those who fancy it
  • sowing a few seeds of spinach, chard and lamb’s lettuce.

Join us if you can.

 

June garden

The prairie garden is now coming into its own:

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as is the herb garden:

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Meanwhile, there’s a lot on the notice board to be done:

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Fruit tree update

Baby plums and apples are now forming on the trees in the orchard. The older Victoriaplum in particular has quite a few;

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Victorias do tend to overbear, and if we left all these on they would press together and rot before they got ripe. In the extreme the weight of fruit can break branches off. So I’ve reduced this bunch to just one fruit.

On the Marjories Gage, nature is doing its own thining:

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The undeveloped plums will fall off in the ‘June drop’

Meanwhile, one of the apples has some unwelcome visitors:

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These curled up leaves are hiding aphids. They could be squashed or washed off with soapy water, but its probably best to leave them to encourage their natural preditors

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