Wassailing 2018



New year

Another year starts in the garden, and we’re hard at work moving compost bins to make way for our new ‘social shed’


Its also time to prune out old raspberry and tayberry canes, tied in to the supports, and tie in this year’s fruiting canes, currently straggling over the path


We’ve also been taking out some of the tree lupins in the prairie garden


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


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
Community Garden in april

The Tayberries and Loganberries have started new growth, and the first ladybirds have appeared

Community Garden in april

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

Community Garden in april

while seedlings in the greenhouse are coming up:

Community Garden in april


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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June garden

The prairie garden is now coming into its own:


as is the herb garden:


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;


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:


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

Meanwhile, one of the apples has some unwelcome visitors:


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