We emptied the community compost for the first time today. It's pretty good and well composted but we could add even more woody matter as it was a bit wet. We also dug down the donated wire spool for the kids table, very nice. Liz F. had the brilliant idea of using a bowl of water as a level tool. Apart from that, we enjoyed the sunshine. The only missing thing being a good place to nap after the lovely lunch but that can be worked on of course.
Sunday, 2 March 2014
Thursday, 27 February 2014
Lovely sunny spring day in the garden today. Most Thursday regulars were on site keeping themselves very busy.
The tomato seeds that year 6 planted in January have all come up in the hot box which is pretty amazing considering they need around 18°c to germinate. The fresh horse manure is obviously heating it up properly.
Monday, 10 February 2014
Thursday, 30 January 2014
With the rain pouring down we started putting up the new vegetable beds today. The strong scaffolding planks work much better than the Hazel weave, however pretty it was. It did last us for a couple of years but we had issues with weed growing into it and not being able to remove it easily. This will last forever surely!
Sunday, 26 January 2014
Having been emptied last week our hot box got a fresh load of horse manure today. Thanks to Paul who arranged with his friends at Stanmer Park and to our rangers Will, Charlie and Peter who came with their pick up truck. To create enough heat for an early sowing of salads and herbs the manure needs to be fresh, not seasoned. A thick layer of compost will go on top so the roots of the plants are not in direct contact with the manure as it would burn them.
Thursday, 23 January 2014
Well, we haven't got a name for it yet (perhaps you could help) but we love the woods. Following the tree clearing last week it's much airier and sunnier. Today we set out to clear piles of shrubs on a big boon fire but the rain made these plans more modest. So, after putting the tarp up for shelter, we sawed up stakes to use for mending our circular bed system with. The sun came out at last (it always does) giving us a happy lunch with veggie sausages and lentil soup.