Posted by: Ealing Transition Community Garden | May 5, 2010

Another weekend of productivity

Bank holiday weekend and the bad weather was forecast …. so we were all pleasantly surprised to spend a lovely sunny, warm Saturday morning at the allotment. The weather gods saved up their fury for Sunday, giving all our young plants a great watering.

Having been away last weekend, it was amazing to come back and see how much had changed since a fortnight ago – beans have appeared (everywhere!), potatoes are coming up, strawberries and gooseberries had been planted. And Grant had done amazing work during the week clearing the overgrown area by the main gate, making it much tidier now.

And so this weekend we continued to tidy, plant and dig.

Grant has spent the last several weeks preparing the herb beds, digging them over and removing roots and grass… no matter how much you dig, it still seems to be full of roots and grass. This week we declared them ready for planting, and now have some parsley, oregano, thyme, a bay tree and some chives in their new home. Still waiting for basil, sage, coriander, rosemary, and whatever else we can find.

The roots bed (carrots, parsnips, onions) that was planted a month ago now is showing signs of growth. Unfortunately the growth seems to be mostly grass and weeds. The tricky thing is that carrots look a lot like grass when they are very young, but I’m pretty sure it is 99% grass and 1% carrots at the moment.  However, one of the successes of the roots bed are the ever-reliable radishes, which have come up a bit too close together, so Carrie thinned them out to give them a bit more room. All going well, they should be our first crop in about a month’s time.

Nicola from Ascott allotments, and who we met on the Ascott working party day, turned up bearing gifts of strawberries, currents, and herbs, although I think she was just a courier for Kathy.

And of course, there was more digging. We are getting towards the end of the major digging work, but there will continue to be weeding and turning over of the beds we have already dug, path building and maintenance, tidying of the boundaries.  And a few more windows have appeared, so maybe if we can find a couple more and a bit more 2×2 or 2×4, we can build a makeshift small greenhouse. And while I’m at it, if anyone has access to any old and unwanted scaffold boards, we could add to the existing ones that are being used as edging for the beds.

Maren, if you send me some of your photos, I will add them to this blog.

Ooh, and I almost forgot, this week’s cake delight care of Maren was a chocolate brownie made from…. wait for it…. beetroot!

S

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