Posted by: Ealing Transition Community Garden | May 24, 2010

Lessons learned: pack the sun cream

First things first, our garden now screams LA CLASSE.

Katherine came for twenty minutes this past weekend to deliver a plate of glass, mushroom and leek pizzas, and a bottle of rhubarbonade. She is one of the weekday fairies… who had this patio completed between dig days. We sat around, feasting and looking a bit stunned. There are only post-feast pictures because, as things become increasingly lush and green, we realise documentation sometimes gets in the way of kicking back and enjoying our creation. A highly civilised respite from a day of sweat and sunburns!

The sweat and sunburns are probably what keep everyone coming back, though. Because they result in GREENERY.

The broad beans are making absurd progress. They’re covered in flowers, and the spinach is growing well in the shade between the plants. We’re having a few slug attacks, but nothing too major yet. At least not here.

This was Maren’s last day with us before she heads home to Norway for the summer. You’ll note loads of photographs of Maren, since we will naturally be pining for her until she returns in September and need to keep images of her somewhere…

Beyond the weeding and oohing and aahing at the lushness of the broad beans, there was work to be done elsewhere.

Carrie turned over the half of our root vegetable bed that has proven unproductive. It turns out that we maybe didn’t do the finest job of getting the roots out of that bed in the first place, as it was an ongoing battle and we didn’t see what we were up against until it was turned over this weekend. A good lesson! But that bed was, after all, our first digging project…

That is, indeed, an impromptu headkerchief fashioned out of a tea towel. It was hot out there.

On the rest of the plot, others toiled away at a) finding wiggly worms and putting (maybe) empty snail shells in the water trough and also b) ripping apart not only a huge hedge of nettles and weeds but a festering old compost pile. Mmmmm.

It has all since been flattened and turned into an enviable new bed for sunflowers and tomatoes.

Courgettes and green pumpkins were planted out in the bed on the lower right, as you can see just barely.

The broccoli was separated from its pots and planted out here, with spinach and a single leftover pea plant from the cold frame.

Mint was planted out in a container donated over the fence by the family whose garden abuts ours. It came with tires, too. (For potato planters…?)

We were able to make room in the cold frame for the tomatoes and peppers that have been spending the spring on people’s window ledges. Hopefully they won’t scorch in the sun.


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