Sunday, 23 June 2013

Garden of hearts

The garden was full of hearts today, on Gary's new signs 

and on this great looking box that he made, which will make a fantastic home for tomatoes or beans.

Sieved leaf mould was used to fill a container for this fig tree, which was grown from a small cutting last year.

The wood chip will help to retain moisture and suppress weed growth.

Another raised bed was taken on by a local resident today and we also tried our hands at building a collection area and transportation system to channel rain water into a storage container.  

It didn't quite work out so we'll be trying some other ideas.  If you've got any suggestions, they'd be very welcome :-)

Monday, 17 June 2013

A new pergola

I hadn't been to the garden since last year and was delighted by the transformation that has taken place, including a wildlife area.

We worked on constructing another pergola, which you can see in the distance in the picture below. Once it's finished, it will provide a framework for some climbing plants – kiwi and grape vines and passion fruit.

Some families came into see how the plants in their raised beds are getting along and work was also carried out on this lovely centre piece made by Gary:

Along with food plants, such as these blueberries and gooseberries

there are also some beautiful wild flowers in the garden like this poppy.

All in all, it was lovely to spend time in nature and I hope to be back again soon.