20 June 2017. Twenty one dedicated volunteers from CISCO came to our aid yesterday on two sites. See pics on flickr. One group took on various gardening and maintenance tasks at ETNA while the other walked to the Kitchen Garden at Marble Hill Park to prepare and paint the fence. After lunch the groups swapped places. People's enthusiasm and output of work were amazing especially on a June day with temperatures into the 30's C.
It was a full and varied day for six volunteers at the Kitchen Garden in Marble Hill Park. The jobs included digging over the area for peas and beans and putting up bean supports; netting the fruit bush and fruit tree area; sharpening the lawn-mower bedknife (new word of the week) and cutting the grass with somewhat more effectiveness; aerating the compost; and a lot of watering.
Thursday 13 April 2007. Today we planted capsicums and chillis in the new raised bed. The bed is designed primarily for people who cannot bend easily to the ground, so they can still have an opportunity to enjoy gardening. But it is useful for all gardeners, especially as it comes equipped with a cover that can make it into a mini-polytunnel for crops that need higher levels of warmth and protection.
6 April 2017. Pics on flickr. It was a hard-working day for six volunteers and a part-time gardener at the Kitchen Garden in Marble Hill Park - planting and earthing up potatoes, planting peas and beans, watering, sowing lettuce and radishes, turning compost, cutting grass, filling the new raised bed and fixing the seal on one of the water butts. This last job seemed to provide a cue for the seal on another water butt tap to spring a leak.
30th March 2017. The main jobs today were watering and filling the water butts, cutting the grass, sowing Lobjoit lettuce and welcoming visitors and supporters of the Kitchen Garden. See pics on flickr. The header photo shows John, a ranger at Marble Hill Park, accepting some of our abundant rhubarb. The garden is springing into life with flowers of narcissi, tulips and the plums and cherries in full bloom.
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.