Weekly Updates April 2022

24th April

It seems this week the garden is really springing into life!

The carrots and fava beans have sprouted and Poly 1 is literally bursting with salad leaves so please do help yourselves when on site.

As the dry weather continues our volunteers have been tirelessly watering everyday.

Broccoli, beetroot and radish have been sown throughout the week and the flower greenhouse is too filling up with a host of plants including Zinnia, Honesty, Cosmos, Nigella and plenty more.

The Rotary fair is only 5 weeks away! Nasturtiums and sunflowers have been pricked out and potted up and we are looking on course to have a varied display for the big day.

Growing Well was back on Monday with projects including work on a brand new insect hotel for the garden.

We have donated a spare compost bin to our friends at Tideswell Garden.

The square foot bed has been re-strung and is ready for planting.

Give Peas a chance was back on Saturday – The GPAC children were pleased to spot green shoots from their planting 2 weeks ago. They did pH soil testing and had a visit from Helen who explained all aspects of compost (thank you to Helen).

We have the go ahead for a pot sculpture in Serpentine Walks for this years Flowerpot trail. This years theme is ‘Jubilee’ to coincide with the Queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations.

As well as all this we have the Festival Fringe awards ceremony on Sunday 24th July and other events with dates yet to be confirmed in the pipework. For these events we are looking to source extra seating for guests so if anyone knows of anywhere to hire or buy affordable seating please contact Melissa or me with any details.

As you can tell it’s been a busy week on site and within the community. Long may it continue!

17th April

I hope everyone has had a pleasant Easter.

Another week at the Serpentine has flown by.

  • Above average temperatures has meant lots of watering throughout the garden and greenhouses – and plenty of weeding too.
  • A variety of broad beans have been planted outdoors and talk throughout the garden is that our home sown tomatoes are coming along nicely too.
  • The flower greenhouse has had a slight makeover, providing extra potting space to bring a little extra colour to the garden. Clematis, lilies and gladioli have been added around the grounds and a range of flowers have been sown for the weeks to come.

Away from the garden it’s been a busy week too.

  • We have been awarded £500 in recognition of our community contribution to the environment by Waitrose.
  • We will also be hosting the Fringe Festival awards ceremony on the 24th July as well as more events over the summer yet to be confirmed.

I’d like to take a moment to remind anyone interested in becoming/renewing their yearly membership that we are excepting membership fees as of April 1st for the 2022/2023 season. Please find our membership forms attached to this email or ask Melissa or myself for a copy on site.

Anyone who wishes to express any new ideas or desires for the garden please feel free to fill out one of our new volunteer forms on site or contact Melissa or me  (jim.leighton@serpentinecommunitygarden.org) .

10th April

As the last of the frosty mornings draws near (we hope), it’s been a chance to catch up on our sowing list throughout the week.

  • The potatoes are finally in the ground and the greenhouse is currently bustling, adding varieties of cauliflower, cabbage, fennel, achocha and courgette to the potting tables.
  • Coriander has been pricked out and potted on and the compost has been organised.
  • There has been cabbage butterfly spotted throughout the garden, adding caterpillars to our ever growing watchlist of pests.
  • Our resident artist has picked up all outdated signs – ready for re-writing.
  • We are once again fully stocked with beer for the slug traps and work has started on construction for a new potting area in the small greenhouse for flowers.
  • Nasturtiums have been potted up ready for the spring while a couple of compost bins have been earmarked for donation to a new community garden.

Growing Well

Melissa has once again been busy showing new volunteers/members around the garden and working on her Growing well projects. She has also gone to great effort to produce some new volunteer information forms for anyone who would like to update us on their involvement in the garden or if there is a new project they’d like to see introduced. These forms can be found in Poly 3. Feel free to take one home or fill in on site.

And we encourage anyone with any questions or queries to speak with Melissa or myself either on site or through email.

3rd April

It’s been another busy week at The SCG!

The temperature may have dropped below freezing but the enthusiasm from our volunteers has remained high.

  • Our polytunnels and greenhouses have been weeded, watered and fleeced throughout the week, as have our tonne bags and fruit trees, ready for topping up with soil improver.
  • An array of carrots, onions, parsnips, cabbage, spinach and broccoli have been sown throughout the garden and further tomato varieties have been taken home for some extra tlc.
  • There has been a total clearout of the flower greenhouse, ready for some ambitious plans for the near future (keep your eyes peeled on our weekly updates over the coming months).
  • New bedding flowers have been arranged and a wildflower bed has been established, ready for sowing.
  • Volunteers have even braved the cold to scrub the front gates free of moss throughout the week!

Give Peas another Chance

Give Peas a Chance started a new season this saturday, attended by 12 Children from Buxton junior school. You can check out the latest from Give Peas a Chance bby following the link below.

https://www.facebook.com/1469791786629387/posts/3113311468944069/?sfnsn=scwspmo

Away from the garden, Melissa and I have held some positive talks on how we would like to see The SCG grow. Our priority over the next few weeks is to really get to know our volunteers – their likes and dislikes, what they wish to achieve or learn from their time with us and how they’d like to see the garden move forward.

Growing Well and the British Science Association Community Leaders Project

As well as working tirelessly behind the scenes and on her Growing Well workshops, Melissa has been moulding young minds and promoting The SCG with her work with the British Science Association. Judging by the comments left by the 370 participents across Buxton they have been a smash hit!

The link between SCGS and the Community Leaders Programme with the British Science Association has been a fruitful one. Each day from 21-31st March Melissa has visited 7 community groups or schools in the Buxton area, including an event for Growing Well participants. 370 people have taken part in GROWTH based activities, learning about SCGS and what we do! Many connections have been made or strengthened with varying age groups hoping to get involved with SCGS in the future. The best moments were observing reactions: eyes wide open, jaws dropped. And comments like: “This is science??? This is so much fun!” “You can actually do that with food rubbish??” “I thought I knew a lot about horticulture, but I never knew this stuff.” It was clear how highly thought of SCGS is in the wider community. It was great fun interacting with so many people wearing an SCG hat! New kit purchased by the BSA and used for the workshops will be put into general use at SCG, so look forward to having more gravel trays, trugs, buckets and gloves!

An Easter Treat

Lastly, we were donated a little easter treat from a generous supporter – Creme Eggs hidden in delightfully crafted ducklings. For anyone wishing to ‘donate for a duckling’ there are still currently half a dozen on site, available for £2 each. All proceedings go to the SCG. And be quick, some of our volunteers have a sweet tooth!

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