Posted by: Ealing Transition Community Garden | April 11, 2010

Verdant pastures… full of broad beans.

Today was the first dig day of the season to involve unequivocal basking in the sun.

Is it just me or are the plots looking particularly verdant after the last week of beautiful weather?

The grass may look green, but the soil in our beds was hard as a rock. We’re definitely going to need to be a bit more attentive during the week. The weeds were busy and it was rough going cracking into the soil to plant new seedlings and sow a bed of pea seeds. But we still made some pretty crazy progress… not least of which included the christening of our compost bin.

I’m sure Mari is thrilled to show the trends in her diet last week with the internet. Oranges, huhh.

Besides the christening of the compost bin, we did quite a bit of planting, from newly chitted potatoes and raspberry cuttings courtesy of Glendra to a shockingly large stock of broad bean seedlings that Katherine has been hording in her back garden and a set of pea seeds.

We added these seven to the other five that were planted last week. Glendra showed Sophie, a girl who comes down the plot every week with her sister and dad, how to sow the potatoes. Sophie also worked with Theresa to sow the pea seeds and cover them with their own individual plastic bottles. She’s getting the most growing experience out of all of us, I think!

Sophie and Theresa also sowed green manure in our bed that’s eventually destined for brassicas later in the season.

Green manure is a natural way of enriching the soil, and I think that this seed packet is going to produce a nice patch of purple flowers before we plant our broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower here later in the season.

Another group of people slaved away on the more permanent bed at the back of one plot that will eventually hold raspberries, loganberries, asparagus and artichoke. Before the end of the day, Glendra planted some raspberry cuttings that she brought from her own plants at Haslemere.

And a little raspberry glamour shot…

Followed by a particularly handsome broad bean…

And an update on our rhubarb circle which is hanging on for dear life…

Meanwhile, beds have been turned over for MORE beans (wot?!) and our herb garden. They were a serious challenge as we’re carving them straight out of previously uncultivated portions of the plot. I think that we’ve gotten them down from a dried out, stubborn Stage One to a still slightly horrible Stage Two.

For a frame of reference, I think that we decided the bed that Theresa and Sophie filled with green manure was a delightful Stage Five. Nice to see, but maybe less of a challenge?

We found this snake skin in a Stage One. Uhhh.

See you next week!


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