18 December 2022: It’s been fairly quiet this week at the SCG. Our volunteers have been keeping their hands warm having a general tidy up around the site and storing seeds, protecting them from the damp within the polytunnels.
Today a festive gathering was held with donations of hot drinks and mince pies coming from Morrisons. It was great to see so many faces brave the elements for a cuppa and a few laughs and to those who could not attend due to illness I wish them a speedy recovery. As always the weather played its part. The pathways were treacherously icy underfoot and our water supply was frozen stiff. But with a little sand and the help of a neighbour we were soon well watered and taking to the terrain like mountain goats.
Yet as I write it seems the temperature is picking up and the ice is thawing. The garden is now closed for Christmas and will open again from the 9th of January. So to everyone in this green fingered family I wish you all a Merry Christmas and have a happy new year.
11 December 2022: Though it may be cold and a little treacherous underfoot I enjoyed my journey this morning into The Serpentine, taking in the snow flecked scenes of the Pavillion Gardens and watching the geese on the lake. Had I a little more time I would have stopped by Project eARTh’s seed exchange box, which was put on display this week in the foyer, for local people to share and swap seeds.
Chives have been removed and split whilst rocket and corn salad have been planted under cover of the polytunnel. There has also been a collection of seeds for companion planting, including tagetes, marigolds and cerinthe.
A big thank you to Anne Wood and transition Buxton for arranging our crop of potatoes for next year, including 1st early Pentland Javelin, 2nd early Charlotte and Kestrel and main crop Desiree, King Edward and Picasso. Though pre ordering is now closed, on the 28th of January Transition Chesterfield’s Potato day will be selling surplus stock and Inspire Community Garden will be selling a range of green manures at the Pavements shopping centre, Chesterfield, between 9.30am and 1.00pm.
Also, Buxton’s Seed Exchange, decorated with ceramics by High Peak Community Arts’ Project eARTh participants, is ready for installation in Pavilion gardens. On Tuesday 6th December 2022 the beautiful box will be filled with seeds for sharing and placed within the foyer of Pavilion Gardens for maximum, and dry, public access. This is a great opportunity for Buxton and the High Peak home growers to exchange and share seeds from crops which do well in our particularly challenging climate. Serpentine Community Garden volunteers will be topping up and replenishing stock regularly. Come and try.