Sincere appreciation is due to volunteers at the Kitchen Garden today for delivering, installing, connecting, testing and re-testing our new water butt - bought to replace one that was leaking. This is an essential piece of equipment for the garden, especially when our mains water is temporarily out of commission. And many thanks also for the other work of planting potatoes, sowing seeds for brassicas and radishes and bringing in our first harvest of rhubarb.
Thurs 9 March 2017. See pics on flickr. We are doing our best not to be outwitted by the English climate, which one week offers nothing but bitter winds and the next has leaped into the middle of Spring.
28 Feb 2017 - Operation Centaur maintains the last working herd of Shire horses in London and is dedicated to the protection and survival of the breed. See pics on flickr. From hauling logs to pulling carriages these magnificent horses make a great contribution to local life as well as being a beautiful sight in the landscape.
24 Feb 2017 - We shall soon set up a raised bed at the Kitchen Garden in Marble Hill Park that will be accessible for wheelchair-users and also provide opportunities for gardening for people who cannot bend to the ground easily. Flickr pics by Lucia Pekarova. We were prevented from gardening yesterday by Storm Doris, which took off tree limbs in the park and elsewhere in Twickenham
16 Feb 2017. See pics on flickr. A group of volunteers went to the RHS Early Spring Plant Fair and returned with seed potatoes that are now chitting in egg boxes in the shed. Varieties include Ratte, Charlotte, Salad Blue, Shetland Black, Epicure, Highland Red Burgundy and Arran Victory. All chosen for their growing and eating qualities - but if they had been selected for the poetry of their names then it would have been an equal success.
We are delighted to welcome Lucia Pekarova as a new staff member with the Environment Trust. Lucia undertook fantastic volunteering work for the Trust last year as a key member of the Secret Art Sale organising committee. She has studied photography at RACC and her photos of the Secret Art Sale communicate the excitement and joy of that event. Lucia moved to the UK fifteen years ago from her home country Slovakia and she is now a settled Londoner.
9th Feb, Kitchen Garden in Marble Hill Park. A bitter snow-flaky east wind was the context of my suggestion that we give some of our seeds a head start in pots, perhaps in the cold frame or the shed. But the realistic expert gardeners were not keen. So we kept warm by digging over rows to be planted and by tidying the compost, which is separated into general vegetable matter and the more acidic and less nutritious leaf mould used mainly as a mulch. We are going to grow potatoes in the bed near the mature tree.