Weekly Updates for June 2021

5 June 2021

You will see around our great poster for the Serpentine Community Garden Fringe event ‘Mix It Up’ on Sunday 11 July. The event features ‘The Good ‘Ole Boys’ and ‘Susie and the Bad Habits’ (13:15 to 14:30). Gates open at 12:00 noon. Come early for mocktails and people are invited to stay later and see the Community Garden. Numbers are limited for reasons we know all too well.So please book free tickets in advance at eventbrite.co.uk. Search for ‘Mix It Up’

We have had sightings of our drone man Keith who is putting together footage of Serpentine Walks and the Community Garden. Keith and crew will be returning for shots of the rest of Buxton.

The hot weather has led to the annual WhatsApp requests from doting ‘parents’ asking volunteers on site to water their chillis, verbenas or other much loved babies with precise guidance about how to do so. Such tasks happily done to the book.

Out on site we have a bit of a delay in getting some parts to fit each other for the new polytunnel but it should be up soon. A bit of site tidying has taken place with trimming and weeding which is good as we want to look our best for the Fringe. Raised bed D has had a lot of TLC from Jane, Holly and Margaret – topping up, planting of cabbage and cauliflower, plus cover with blue netting. Courgettes have gone into ton bags. And sooo much watering.

12 June 2021

We await news tomorrow on the likely extension of Covid-19 controls. It may be that our Fringe event, Mix It Up, will need to be postponed again. Enjoy, at least, the riotous colour of Langley Brown’s poster. For now, free tickets are still available on eventbrite.co.uk. Just search for Mix It Up.
Watering and soaking up vitamin D is the order of each day volunteers are on site in the continued heat. The Give Peas a Chance Saturday group did their bit, proudly adding names and watering times to the clip boards for completed tasks. They have just two weeks left, the time has flown. One ten-year old has asked if she can join as a regular volunteer. We’ll work on it. 
The frame of the new polytunnel is being assembled slowly. Once it’s up we’ll have a working party, on a day without too much wind, to stretch the sheeting over.
Our second face to face workshop is at the Garden on Wednesday 23rd June at 1.30. We will be tasting and smelling various herbs as well as talking about growing them and using them in cooking. Places are limited to 12 so please contact Melissa to book your place.  Makoontz@gmail.com

27thJune 2021

You never quite know what will happen when you are doing a session at the Serpentine Garden. We met Dave Carlisle and wife Sue at the gate today and took up an offer of a bench rescued and renovated by the Friends of Buxton Station. The bench duly arrived on a barrow soon afterwards.

Yesterday, as you may know, saw the final day of the ‘Give Peas a Chance’ project. This has enabled ten local year 6 children to have an introduction to the pleasures of horticulture in various ways. A second group is being recruited now for a further series of sessions later in the year. Well done to everyone who has made such a success GPaC. It has been great to have children out and about on site.
The new polytunnel continues to take shape with further pieces of the structure being added during the week.
The usual maintenance stuff has been going on apace such as cropping (kale, salads and beetroot etc.), watering, weeding and checking the slug traps. Holly and Craig have been piling up the earth around the potatoes and netting has been erected along the demo bed to avoid everything being munched. Meanwhile we are still planting and some celeriac and broccoli has gone on.
We have been adopted by a colony of tree bees who have taken up residence in one of the bird boxes. I understand we may have up to 400 residents with us.

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