Monthly Archives: August 2021

Compost bathing 21/8

Buzzing on the plot. The girls painted the new swing frame and made it more encouraging ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŽ‰as before it looked a bit mighty and stern. They played, drawn and crafted the rest of the day.

Duncan found joy in sifting a tonne of compost and bagged up it awaits its use patiently. Steve joined in between preparing for the next XR actions and lend a hand to us. Join the movement details below.

Tilly found a lot of uses for the wild plants while weeding. Plenty of leaves stalks, roots and seeds to work with๐Ÿค”๐Ÿด

Fiona found lots and lots of beans growing, the yellow and green variety. It seemed like we planted them just last week but the warmth and rains spurred them on:)

We harvested first leaves from the perennial kales planted this year, they are nearly filling out the netted cages we built for them. They might reach two meters so we will have some DIY ahead๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ˜Š.

Perennial leeks were growing well, cant wait till autumn for the first harvest. I gave them some nutrition using our tad stinky compost tea๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜’ and placed the muck around the plants . That should keep them going for a while. Look out for upcoming sessions

Grape vine getting a hair cut 8/7

Weather forecast wasn’t the most encouraging but we tried anyway and apart from a small drizzle were fine out on the plot๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘Œ

Duncan had another go at the vine which is prolific again this year. The season hasn’t been the best with the unusual weather (wink wink climate crisis is here already) but the grape is a sturdy and reliable producer so far. It’s positioned against the greenhouse and benefits from it heating up early in the season, warmth at night, support and some wind shelter. As a result we can expect easily 40 to 60 liters of grapes and that despite Duncan thinning half of the fruit!!!

We will though thin it right down in autumn as it is completely shading out the greenhouse for the summer so balance is called for. There will be lots of potential twigs to start new plants so let us know if you want some.

Jen worked on the asparagus and sorrel bed. Weeds tried to take over and sorrel was ready for harvest so the bed looks bare now but the roots have all those goodness in them to re sprout and feed us without the need for digging, seeding, planting as the perennials will keep on giving.

I had a go at making a swing frame from scaffolding boards as the previous one was starting to creak suspiciously and our kids are growing. I might have overdone it with the height for now ๐Ÿค”but am sure that under Jen’s scouts trained eye and with Duncan’s DIY skills set we are going to end up with a robust product an Olympian gymnast would be proud off.

Oh and there are so so many flowers on the plot. So much food for pollinators ๐Ÿ’๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒน