We bought some wood to make raised beds, so this week we’ve been digging out the strawberry plants and preparing the ground for the new wooden beds. We’re going to replant the strawberries once the beds are filled with soil and compost.
We also dug a trench to fill with manure and compost to grow beans, squash and sweetcorn.
And we had a bonfire!
The Open Orchard group donated 5 fruit trees for our plot and came to help us plant them. The Gardening Group have been helping Open Orchard to plant fruit trees in open spaces around Lambeth.
We now have a plum, quince, pear, eating and cooking apples, as well as the cherry tree we brought with us from the top plot.
The Gardening Group went to Kew Gardens to see the Christmas lights in December. They were amazing, some of the trees were singing!
We had our Christmas dinner at Abbevilles Restaurant in Clapham on December 18th. It was a delicious meal and everyone enjoyed themselves.
We have been helping with the Bzz Grage at West Norwood bus station again, weeding and planting more fruit trees and bushes. We usually meet up there on a Sunday morning with the rest of the Open Orchard group. They have donated some fruit trees for the allotment, which we are going to plant in March.
It’s been a very busy year for the gardening group. We moved from our plot at the top of the hill to one more accessible for our users. We had some new people join the group and everyone worked very hard moving all the plants, pots and furniture down the hill to the new location. Here we are visiting the new plot.
During the winter the group got involved with the West Norwood Bzz Garage, and helped to plant trees, flowers and vegetables to encourage bees. We also went with the Open Orchard group to plant fruit trees all round the borough. Here we are having a free lunch at the Bzz Garage.