Path laying

We’re continuing to lay the plastic matting that will form the foundation of a wheelchair accessible path in the garden.

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The idea is that grass grows up through the matting to provide a green path with a firm foundation. Bruce, Lynn & Christoph were busy fitting further sections this afternoon

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Brownies

Brownies roasting sweet corn
Brownies roasting sweet corn

Sheet Brownies have visited us again. On Tuesday 29 September they harvested some of the sweetcorn they planted earlier this year, and roasted the cobs over a fire in the fire pit. They’re planning some other visits, including some star gazing later in the year when its clear

Stall at Lavant Street Market

We had a stall at the Lavant Street market on Sunday 4th, selling books and some produce to fund-raise,  and talk about the garden. A sunny day led to a steady stream of visitors.

Lynn R & Diana on the stall in the morning
Lynn R & Diana on the stall in the morning
Kindling and herbs
Kindling and herbs
Lynn P & Bruce on stall lunchtime
Lynn P & Bruce on stall lunchtime
Guess the weight of the pumpkin
Guess the weight of the pumpkin

We raised £110.30, and twenty people tried their luck at guessing the weight of one of our pumpkins. It weighed 3.945 kg (8lb 11oz): the nearest guess was 3.6 kg and the winner will receive their prize  – the pumpkin – in the next few days

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.

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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