A warm day with gentle breezes, birds singing their hearts out and vegetation getting into full swing the broad beans are nearly 6ft and just coming into flower, see below. A great welcoming to last Sundays Community allotment work day.
Sarah, one of our green party candidates, holistic therapy expert, business owner and entrepreneur joined us for her first visit to the plot. Sarah stuck straight in with clearing one the raised beds ready for planting the brassicas.
Leaving in some self seeded purple orrack (alpine spinach) gives a great visual contrast to the Cauliflowers, cabbages and brussels. The purple orrack may help confuse the cabbage white butterfly, it’s war this year what with the netting too (when it finally gets fitted) The orrack always adds a twist to salad.
Fiona set to greenhouse duties, feeding and watering the eager seedlings begging to be planted out. I attended to some grass cutting or to reframe that, some compost creation. Actually a bit of mowing is quite therapeutic. Kamil’s family growing family paid a visit and little Nella took charge of monitoring the water-butt dispensing.
A steady flow of visitors through the day. Mark who works with Scope on various growing projects, kindly brought some seeds for us to grow. We look forward to trialing the ‘Super french bean’ which apparently is a super climber and heavy cropper and some summer and winter squashes, which we plan to grow up over the shed. Mark also showed us some nifty flip cards which tell you all about each veg or fruit and how where to grow them. Available free from the Organic seed company. It was a pleasure to welcome Mark with wife Tilly and baby daughter Mia, yes that’s Mark number 2 today! They said they enjoyed the plot tour and will be back to get involved soon.
Our two year old grape vine is excitingly sporting tiny grape bunches, can’t wait to see these grow to bunches of grapes, Transition wine? watch this space.
With all the exciting goings on we almost forgot about a lunch break, good job we remembered, with Fiona’s herby focaccia bread and Alicja’s humus with roasted veg followed by a piece of my not so healthy but tasty(if I do say so, and I do!) carrot cake.
Feeling slightly guilty after all that indulgence we got on with a few more jobs on the list, I continued with the butterfly netting for the cabbages, while the girls saw to some weeding and tidying on the soft fruit patch, while Kamil and kean helper Mark attacked laying weed suppressing membrane over the new family plot with gusto. The plan is this should stop the grass and make it easier to dig over. for when we find a willing work force to help in this eppic task! Another wonderful day down on the plot, which now in it’s fourth year is starting to show character, grape vine, fruit trees, berry bushes and a productive Rhubarb patch. The yields of our hard work are beginning to appear, come down and have a cup of tea and take a few plant / fruit cuttings with you. See you next time. Dunc