The Good Rot… and other stuff

 
Sunday’s allotment day was all about the amazing raised beds that are being built on the new family plot. They are intended to act as a fence to keep to children in and also be easy for them to reach so they can enjoy the experience of growing stuff.
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We have got new battery pack tools from a grant and donated scaffold boards .We are very grateful to Inez and Alex and friends for their hard work. It is only thanks to all those who volunteer time and energy that we can achieveas much as we have.
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A keen crowd assembled to get stuck in, the usual tasks ..weeding and more weeding awaited.
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The tomatoes are growing well and need further staking. The various pumpkins and squashes have loved the recent rain. I was excited to see some gem squash appearing ( a South African favourite). Our grape vine is going to give us a bumper harvest this year.
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The raised beds project is going to use the idea of Hugelculture. Thanks to Tree Fella for your donations This involves layering large pieces of wood, logs etc, then smaller branches and twigs, then greenwaste..leaves, weeds and grass cuttings . Add some other organic waste… we are using spent mushroom compost from The Urban Farmers and coffee grounds from various establishments around town. And then top it of with a layerof topsoil compost mix.
First Duncan lined the beds with plastic and old builders bags to protect the sides and improve water retension. Then the bottom was covered with cardboard to suppress weeds, this will eventually rot down.

 

Mark and his family are new plot visitors and we soon had them hard at work, here they are filling up with the first wood layer

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Then the other layers go on and its all watered down very well….

 

Can you see the Good Rot getting started??

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All ready for planting. We are planning a sensory herb, vegtable and flower garden in this section.

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We had a number of new visitors to the site… Linda and Lizzie from community group “piertalk” https://www.piertalk.com/wp/they came along to discuss ways our two groups might help each other. Norman and Sylvie, local residents to chat about the community gardens in their sheltered scheme and to exchange ideas about composting and Mark and his family to talk about professional chefs and restaurants getting linked up with local gardeners and growers.

With all that hard word we still make time for lunch and a chat and laugh under the shade of our new gazebo.

 

And all to soon the rain clouds rolled in and it was time to leave the plot to the plants and the bugs and the worms and the good rot.

 

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