Moving Arthur

We’d become a bit concerned that the trees in the orchard area might be overcrowded when they matured, and decided to move one into the main garden. Our choice fell on ‘Arthur Turner’ a cooking variety that was in the middle of a row of four. (Apparently it won an RHS prize for its blossom)  The trees have now been in place for three years, so its more of a disturbance for them than when we originally planted them, but they should still re-establish. This weekend was almost the last time we could do this while the trees were dormant.

Here’s Arthur before the move:

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First we prepared the hole for Arthur’s new home, digging out an area with roughly the diameter of the branch-spread down to two spade depths and adding four wheelbarrowloads of compost to enrich the soil.

Next we removed the turf around the tree, and dug a trench down, carefully digging in until we came to the roots. We dug down and under, to free it, and rocked it onto a tarpauline. We then dragged it to the new planting position.

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We replanted Arthur, taking care to plant to the same depth that it had been before, and then backfilled the hole, treading it down well to exclude any air pockets. Finally we put in a new stake, to keep the roots still while they reestablish, and backfilled the hole where it had been. Now to wait with fingers crossed!

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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

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.

Guides at the Garden

On Friday 20th, we were joined by members of 1st Petersfield and 2nd Sheet Guides. They made a bug hotel, and planted wild plants and blackcurrant bushes

 

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After dark fell, they gathered in the ‘social space’ in the middle of the garden and sang songs and toasted marshmallows on a campfire

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