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

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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

Wassailing the orchard 17 January

Today is the old date of twelfth night, the traditional date for wassailing orchards and tending to the trees. Following on from our  event last year, we invited the Petersfield Community Choir  to  come and sing to the trees in our orchard area.

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This was followed by Emily and friends from the Grace and Flavour garden in Horsley helping us prune the apple trees

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We shared apple pies and apple cake, washed down with mulled cider and apple juice.

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Garden planning

On 16 November we had a edible garden afternoon, sharing food with ingredients from the garden, and hearing about Emily and Camilla’s long term suggestions for the overall plan of the garden.

Hot drinks on a cold day
Hot drinks on a cold day
Emily presenting plans to the group around the fire circle
Emily presenting plans to the group around the fire circle

The outline plan is on the ‘Design’page: the idea is that different people take the lead for coordinating the activities in the different zones. Read more about it here.

October and November in the garden

While our second growing season has come to a close, we have been harvesting, clearing, and preparing for next year.

 

Louise has been preparing signs for some of our beds
Louise has been preparing signs for some of our beds
We have been creating new beds for perennials, such as asparagus
We have been creating new beds for perennials, such as asparagus
The leeks are ready to harvest
The leeks are ready to harvest
moving compostable material after bed clearing
moving compostable material after bed clearing
Old metre square apple crates make good compost bins, now on the NE railway border
Old metre square apple crates make good compost bins, now on the NE railway border

October stall

On Sunday 5th, we had a stall at the October Lavant St market, with books and garden produce,  raising over fifty pounds and talking to lots of people about the garden.

Freshly set up stall at 9am
Freshly set up stall at 9am
Interested customers
Interested customers

Community Garden Open Day 20 September

Big Dig bunting
Big Dig bunting

On 2oth September, we had an open day as part of the ‘Big Dig’ edible gardens open day, with food and activities to show what we were doing at the garden.

picking beans and courgettes
picking beans and courgettes
Apple dangling
Apple dangling
Planting out blackcurrant bushes grown from last year's cuttings
Planting out blackcurrant bushes grown from last year’s cuttings
Food made with garden produce
Food made with garden produce
Doreen Duck's trail
Doreen Duck’s trail

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Visitors
Visitors

Forty five people came to look round and see what we were up to.