Posted by: Ealing Transition Community Garden | May 9, 2010

Currents and sunflowers.

We’ve had a few pretty cold May days this week, and unfortunately our dig day was no balmy exception.

But a few hours of digging and some Maren-baked banana bread got our blood pumping… kind of.


We got to work on some long-awaited weeding and planting out. The root vegetable bed was well weeded, but only half of it seems to be growing. We have carrots and marigolds cropping up at one end, while the earlier planted end seems to have been overtaken by weeds, without any seedlings able to fight for space. Hopefully they’ll find the strength to grow soon!

But at least we have a few carrots and marigolds coming up at the further end of that bed. In other places on the plot, we emergent potatoes and onions, to say nothing of the beans, peas, strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries, et c., et c., into oblivion, that were planted out as seedlings.

The cold frame is absolutely bursting with climbing peas, greenshaft peas, sunflowers, broccoli and courgettes.

Sarah planted out a number of the pea seedlings and gave them a nice little fence to climb.

Glendra came down with a few more sunflower plants for us. She planted them out along with one that had reached the top of our cold frame after being raised from an expired seed on a window ledge. Hardy!

We also had a donation of white and red currents. They were added to the permanent beds that already contain raspberries, strawberries, gooseberries and the newly-planted sunflowers.

We wrapped one that is already fruiting in netting to protect it from the birds. It was our last bit of netting, so hopefully its white current brother will be able to handle the onslaught!

In other corners of the garden, the strawberries are flowering…

There are raspberries doing much the same, so we know we should definitely have fruit this year..!

We turned over the bed meant for courgettes and it is looking pretty good, which is a relief since the courgettes in our cold frame are getting a bit impatient with being in pots. We also turned over the future tomato and pepper beds. They are definitely easier to manage these days, largely thanks to everyone who toiled over them every dig day last month!

Next week’s dig day is Saturday, 10 to 1! Be there or be square, et c.


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