Flowers

A left-over onion – or is it a leek?

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We also have sweet peas by the gate : the more we pick the more they’ll keep flowering

sweet peas
sweet peas

Summer harvest

Some of our earlier efforts have come to fruition, and we now have lettuces, spinach, potatoes, peas and onions to harvest, with courgettes, runner beans,  and sweet corn  not far behind

Sue digging potatoes
Sue digging potatoes
First potatoes
First potatoes
spinach
spinach

Sweet corn

Shed storage box seats

On Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th June, Bruce and Adam finished making the box seats which are now inside the shed ready to store things in and for sitting on!

The photo below shows what they look like. The  box seats are made from 80% reclaimed wood, which we were given by a local building site in Petersfield in 2014 and would have  otherwise been thrown away in a skip.

Shed boxes 1

Young & Old

On 28 April, we had a visit from a local brownie group

Brownies round camp fire
Brownies round camp fire

they’ll be coming regularly as part of their ‘gardener’ badge.

We also have older members too:

helen sowing sweetcorn
Helen sowing sweetcorn

Willow workshop, Sunday 19 April

On Sunday, a dozen of us came to a willow workshop led by Hilary of Hangers Garden Group. She brought hazel boughs, home grown willow, and commercially grown willow wands from Somerset for us to use.

Hilary demonstrating basic techniques

Commercially grown willow bundle, left, and home-grown right

At this time of year, the wands are very pliable, and can be made more so by working them between your thumbs. The basic building block is a hoop made by curving a wand back on itself and then winding the end round and round. This can then be used to stabilise hazel rods, and the whole strengthened by weaving more wands between the rods

Trying out what we've been told
Trying out what we’ve been told
with flatter hoops
with flatter hoops
adding more willow wands to give strength
adding more willow wands to give strength
Briony makes a willow ball by combining hoops
Briony makes a willow ball by combining hoops
Sue & Lynn weaving a bean support near the gate
Sue & Lynn weaving a bean support near the gate

 

 

 

 

 

By the end of the afternoon we had a number of willow structures for future use

Bike stands

We’ve now taken delivery of some new bike stands, courtesy of S Downs National Park. They are designed as planters, with the weight of the soil holding the bikes steady

One of our new bike racks, courtesy of SDNP. They don't need to be cemented in: instead you plant things in the middle
One of our new bike racks, courtesy of SDNP. They don’t need to be cemented in: instead you plant things in the middle

They were tried out on Sunday at the willow workshop for the first time

A bike rack in use
A bike rack in use

Spring blossom

Merryweather Damson in blossom in the orchard
Merryweather Damson in blossom in the orchard
Purple sprouting broccoli producing flower heads ready for harvest
Purple sprouting broccoli producing flower heads ready for harvest
Red currant blossom - not showy but hit of redcurrants to come...
Red currant blossom – not showy but hit of redcurrants to come…

Big Dig 2015

On Saturday 21 March, we took part in Big Dig 2015. On a  cold grey day we had a steady stream of visitors and made a start on some key garden projects with their help.

putting well rotted horse manure round the gooseberries to feed them and suppress weeds
putting well rotted horse manure round the gooseberries to feed them and suppress weeds

Potato planting 2

and adding rotted horse manure as a mulch
and adding rotted horse manure as a mulch
Turing over an extra strip of turf to make room for growth
Turing over an extra strip of turf to make room for growth
Sue shows a girl how to plant seed potatoes
Sue shows a girl how to plant seed potatoes
Old and new gardeners gathering at the start of the Big Dig
Old and new gardeners gathering at the start of the Big Dig