I would love to be involved but can't do weekdays at all - maybe meet some of you there over the weekend?
Keen to get the gardening club going again!! What times suit people well? I could do a regular meet up on a Saturday mornings c10.30 or 11.
I've been talking to the people who run the park and they are very enthusiastic about working with us on this project... in fact they are looking to give us extra space to look after, and have plans to plant some fruit trees.
Just back from a very positive meeting in the park with a keen group planning to continue the gardening in the two raised beds, probably meeting at 11am on a Wednesday morning and a similar time at the weekend. We thought it would probably be simpler if each group looked after one of the beds. The garlic and onions and green manure which we planted late last year are doing well, the cabbages have been attacked by pigeons, but we've netted them and they might recover. We'd do more sowing, planting and weeding at the beginning of March.
There's also the possibility of taking over the triangular bed behind the cafe, maybe growing a mix of herbs and other attractive edible plants- globe artichokes, ruby chard, climbing beans etc. We also thought that we should take the opportunity to grow flowers which are good food plants for bees as there is now a beehive in the park. A few of us are meeting representatives from the park on Monday to discuss this further. We'll probably begin clearing this bed in February.
Thanks to everyone who turned out this morning- despite the miserable weather- and if you couldn't come but you're interested, check here for more details.
We've had another very positive get-together, this time with Lucy and Mick from the Park and Mara from the Living Medicine project (see website) which aims to increase knowledge about the medicinal uses of herbs and other plants through planting, walks, talks and other events. We thought that working on the triangular bed behind the cafe with Living Medicine could be a very fruitful collaboration. There's also a possibility of having information boards on the nearby cafe wall, and of the height of the privet hedge being reduced so that the two raised beds were visible from the back of the cafe. Mara offered to come to a food group meeting soon to explain more about her group's aims. Even a compost bin seemed to be a possibility!
Also discussed were the importance of berry bearing bushes for birds and the right sort of flowers for bees as all the small gardens around the cafe are going to be re-planted shortly. A plea was put in for plants to be saved where possible, and not just discarded. When I know any more I'll post it here.