Weekly Updates for May 2021

9 May 2021

As usual a busy week in the Garden. Our aerial photographer called in to see what we look like at ground level. We will be showcased in due course. Langley arrived with yet another armful of wooden labels which makes the site look so well presented.

The tide is turning. A few weeks ago volunteers were taking seeds and fragile plants home to nurture them in their early days. Now their proud foster parents are bringing their charges back on site ready for planting in the greenhouses or poly tunnels. A fine job has been done without doubt and lots of love and care applied as well as water. This has meant that Poly 2 has been a hive of activity as tomato plants have been planted in their places indicated by Langley’s signs.

Climbing French beans in P2 are growing well but not always in the right place so Margaret and Holly have moved things round and it looks much better now.  Anne and Keith were unusually on site on Sunday in order to plant out cucumbers in p1.

Jill from Buxton Civic Association has visited us to see what we do and to compare notes as she tries to restore a herb garden at Poole’s Cavern. BCA are our good friends and they are always welcome.

So lots of other stuff going on. Watering of course. Composting, weeding especially giving the ground elder a lot of attention, basil pricked out and nematode applied to P2.

We need to give a special mention too to the year 6 participants of the ‘Give Peas a Chance’ project. Remember how awful the weather was on Saturday?  These youngsters turned out despite the rain, some walking quite a distance to attend. They did a soil experiment and the various layers which were analysed are sitting in jars in the greenhouse. They ate lunch on site then took a tour round to find where the vegetables had been growing. They are on to composting next week.

Finally I always go on about the weather. The polytunnels have hit 38 degrees tops with minus 0.2c. Summer is coming and no frost forecast. Yippee!

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