18 May 2017. Six dedicated volunteers gathered at the Kitchen Garden in Marble Hill Park for a day of strengthening and building bean structures, sowing and planting out runner beans, weeding, edging turf along the fence line, reining in the straggling strawberry plants and watering any crops that have been covered. See pics on flickr. We potted up some more tomato seedlings - 'Bloody Butcher', a name with brutally non-vegetarian connotations referring to the gory colour of the fruit.
One of the tumbling tomato plants has produced its first flower and our first lupin has appeared. It is a late-ish season but there are definite signs of Summer now. Today five volunteers planted pea seedlings, cut the grass, weeded and watered. Handyman Ben visited to advise about replacing the shed felting. We continue to be exercised by the limitations of the lawn-mower especially as the warmer weather is speeding up growth.
27 Apr 2017. Borecole (kale) seedlings are growing well and needed re-potting at the Kitchen Garden in Marble Hill Park. Volunteers took a late seasonal opportunity to prune the fan-trained cherries and plums. Then the major task of netting the fruit trees and bushes was completed. Despite heavy showers in recent days the earth is quite dry and potatoes especially needed watering as well as earthing-up.
Tuesday 4 October. Today's harvest from the Model Market Garden in Marble Hill Park included this custard squash (also known as pattypan) and a cheerful bunch of dahlias, which we gave with our compliments to the Coach House cafe. See pics on flickr. This was in recognition of their support and also apologising that all our produce had already been sold over the garden gate - so none to display this week at the cafe!
Thursday 29 Sep 2016. Undeterred by rain, dedicated volunteers harvested beetroot, carrots, marrows, spinach and squash, all destined for the Coach House cafe where customers have their pick of produce in return for donations. See pics on flickr. As autumn sets in the harvest is noticeably smaller but the Model Market Garden in Marble Hill Park is still productive.
What a great start to the week at the model market garden! Horticultural Coordinator Sophie Harman and garden volunteers Ruth and Shelagh welcomed a group from Stepping on Out to help us with harvesting produce. Earlier in April the group had helped plant seed potatoes and dahlia tubers for the cut flower bed and during this workshop they were able to see the fruits of their labour and understand the full cycle from planting to harvesting.
On 23rd June the model market garden welcomed over 35 visitors to our open day. Despite the bad weather forecast we were lucky for a gap in the rain and visitors we able to enjoy a hot drink and a cream tea. As well as celebrating the progress of the garden over the past 3 years our open day was also part of learning disability awareness week as the garden has offered (and will continue to offer) inclusive workshop opportunities during this time for people from various local groups such as Stepping On Out and Richmond Adult Community College.
Twenty six members of the Ethnic Minorities Advocacy Group (EMAG) in Hounslow met today, 27th June, at the Model Market Garden in Marble Hill Park to make art and enjoy refreshments and good company. Sasa Marinkov gave artistic leadership, using watercolours and collage as the theme for the session and teaching close observation of colour, light and shape. Sophie Harman showed the group around the garden, speaking about the heritage varieties of crops and how the local community is involved in cultivating the site.