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

August down the plot.

Our later season crops are beginning to show their colour and size.

These are maybe our biggest and brightest successes in the garden – albeit not quite as easily edible as some of their neighbours…

The tomatoes of the last post have begun to redden…

It’s great to see our tomatoes doing so well. (Touch wood). We planted a load of them, largely because most people started seedlings and, you know, nobody wants to throw one away. The only issue that we might encounter later is that we can’t plant tomatoes again next season where we planted them this year. Are there many of those spots left?

The three sisters that I wrote of earlier are doing great. Would you look at those huge butternut squash plants? We’ve set up a watering rota so that someone is down there every evening giving them the water they require. The steady attention is the only thing that has kept some of our more fragile plants going, and it’s a great reminder of how much work it takes to grow fruit and veg. With our busy lives, we’re grateful to have so many people pitching in and allowing us to bring everything to harvest!

Here’s a quick close-up of one of our squash plants winding up its stake…

And a peek at one of our more colorful corners….

With all this food production reaching its peak for the summer season, we had a meeting a couple of weeks ago to discuss the next steps. In many ways, this first growing season together was an experiment. We weren’t sure how the site would work and we weren’t sure how we would all work together. But it has turned out to be a successful, gratifying venture and we are looking at ways to engage the rest of the public, particularly those who live in the immediate vicinity of our garden and the rest of the borough of Ealing.

A bit of a harvest celebration for September is just now in the planning stages. We’re hoping to give the community a chance to peruse our garden, learn about what we’ve been growing, and get excited about participating (or starting other schemes!) next season.

Stay tuned!

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  1. Now I know where I went wrong with my squash….they needed to grow upwards rather than sideways!
    Thanks for the tip…..
    Love your blog by the way…..


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