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We’ve nearly got to the end of digging and planting the new growing area – that feels fantastic.
Today we started to plant the 300 leek seedlings we bought from Trevalon Organic Cooperative. Gillian dug a new monster bed, while Christine, Becky, Emily, Sara and I started planting. Only fennel still to sow and then we’ll build netting hoops to protect the brassicas from the dreaded Cabbage White. Let alone protecting the peas and strawberries from the horrible dalmatians.
A lovely person donated to the project via localgiving.com/thegrowingproject and they matched that pound for pound, so we got twice as much as the original gift – like it!!! Why don’t you do the same???
WE worked solidly for 3 days last week – we being me, Rachel, Chris, Gillian, Ivan, Christine, Drew, Martin, Sandy, Sara and Becky – so things are looking great. Peas are supported, we have several new beds of brassicas recovering from the trauma of transplantation, beans are zipping up their poles and weeding is well under way.
I’ve had to do a lot of watering this week to help the poor plants get through: as a result of that, the dwarf beans that were sown direct are poking their heads up and everything’s looking a bit perkier. I’ve put in late peas and some more beans and have cropped onions planted last winter.
This week, we’re going all out to weed everything, to give it all the best chance possible, then put down weed suppressant fabric. We’ll start putting the greenhouse for the 1m tomato plants trying to break out of my porch and prepare the last of the beds for the last of the late crops – blimey, we’re nearly there!!!
Workdays this week are Tues after 1.30p.m., Weds from 11 a.m. and Thurs afternnon from 2 p.m.
Sandy, a new volunteer, came up today and worked her little heart out…..fantastic woman. We dug another bed to transplant cabbage seedlings into and filled that, then she set to with the weeding: everything looks so much better without the weeds. There’s lots more weeding to do, but we’re getting there. The seedlings are looking a bit sad at the moment, but hopefully they’ll pick up once they’ve settled their little roots in.
Gill, one of our founding members, who hasn’t seen the space since we turned the ground over, came up to see what was happening: it was lovely to see her delight in what we’ve achieved since Christmas, when she was last here.
It’s all coming along. Once we’ve finished with the cabbages, kales, etc, we’ll plant the rest of the courgettes, squashes and pumpkins. After that, it’s bulb fennel and sweetcorn. I’ve just put 2 new varieties in pots to germinate – Indian Summer, that my sister gave me – and Peaches and Cream, which came from Canada – no-one else will have them at their BBQ, that’s for sure!!
We had some pictures taken today in the rain to show progress of the site.
Today we did battle with the elements, which was stranglely theraputic. The wind blew the cobwebs off, but the Cornish rain failed to dampen our spirits. Today we cleared a few stones, and removed a few weeds. There was some thinning of cabbage seedlings into new beds, so we hope they prosper in their new homes. Placing the little seedling into the ground is rewarding as you can see how they have come on. There has also been some repotting of tomatoes as there are also coming on strongly. We have planted some sweetcorn seeds today too. We will follow their progress on here when they pop up through the compost.
If anyone is thinking of becoming a volunteer, then please contact us. Many hands are needed to do battle with the weeds and stones, and to see how rewarding waching the progress of the fruit vegetables and trees really is.
If you have any spare time, then maybe you could volunteer at the project. All time is greatly appreciated, if you want to contact us via email then we would love to hear from you. Please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively if you have any spare equipment, garden furiture, seeds or wood chippings etc then please also get in touch. All donations are greatly recieved no matter how big or small.
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