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

May Days in the garden.

I missed this week’s dig day on account of the bank holiday weekend, but I did manage to stop by on Monday to see Sarah slaving away, better establishing the boundaries that line our permanent fruit beds towards the back of the garden. I took a few photos of our progress. It was a strange experience to skip the garden even for just a single dig day – I suddenly felt like a non-participant! So much progress is being made each week.

This path was the first thing to catch my eye – made from recycled paving stones, and separating the greenshaft peas from the French beans. And it is also here that we had our first casualty to the infamous local foxes…

Elsewhere, in “at risk” beds, potatoes have begun to emerge.

More onions were planted in this bed…

and carefully demarcated after a bit of an error last week!

Elsewhere, the green manure is sprouting in patches in what will become our brassica bed…

The bed that seemingly every single person had a chance to dig over the course of the last few weeks was finally planted (rather sparingly) with a smattering of herbs. It will bulk out in weeks to come. It was great to see a spot of earth that had been so hard and uncultivated softening to our chives, parsley and (ooh!) a bay tree!

Just to the side of this bed sits what might be the hardiest rhubarb weed of all time. Someone must have planted it here years ago, as it was found growing between two of our beds last month but wound up tromped all over as we did our preliminary digging. But it persevered! And now it is almost as lush as the rhubarb in our purposeful, ceremonial rhubarb circle…

Should we budge it from the path? Or leave it, letting nature run its course?

The only problem is that once the rhubarb is booming, there isn’t going to be much space left!

The cold frame is still full of peas, sunflowers, thyme, lavender, and and and…

We’ve received more donations of windows to create new cold frames in the future.

They are all sitting in the spot where we envision our summer porch to be. Those chairs are just a starting point.

This summer: bon fires, fresh food from the garden and lots of happy company. All on that spot.

Maybe overflowing a bit, too.


This week’s dig day will be on Sunday, from 10 to 1.

Come one, come all!


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