A very damp June

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Not much watering required this month!
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Planting some more squash in the 3 sisters bed
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Clearing a flat space for the seating area

 

 

 

 

 

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Planting tomatoes
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Weeding around the fruit trees
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A visitor to the curly kale

 

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The weather forecast was rain so we took a trip to the National Gallery
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We went to see the exhibition of Dutch flower paintings

 

 

 

May on the plot.

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Time to get down and dirty with the weeds!
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The new potato bed being prepared.
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Weeding the onions
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The strawberry bed (which also contains onions!) and the cherry tree in blossom.
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A wonderful, wiggly worm!
Strawberry bed with straw.
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Squash, beans and sweetcorn like growing together……….

 

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……..so we planted them in a “3 sisters” bed.

 

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We planted some seeds and put the pots in plastic bags. People took them home to grow on the window sill.

 

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Writing the names of the seeds so we don’t forget what we’re growing!

 

 

 

28th April – White Stuff volunteers help to transform Chatsworth Way garden

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Lots of lovely new plants have arrived to go into the borders and lots of lovely volunteers to plant them!
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We all worked together today as there was so much to do.
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Digging out the remaining weeds and widening the border
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Plenty of healthy exercise!

 

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Everyone worked really hard.
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Using the edging tool to make a straight line along the lawn.

 

 

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One of the borders ready for putting in the Victorian edging.
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Levelling the tiles.
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The finished border ready for planting
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The raised beds were topped up with compost
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We planted herbs, thyme, rosemary, sage and lavender.
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Plenty of flavouring for food throughout the year.

A huge thank you to all the White Stuff volunteers and the Rathbone gardening team for their hard work and enthusiasm.

21 April – White Stuff comes to Rathbone!

This week 4 volunteers from White Stuff, the company who have been supporting Rathbone, came along to help with the work on the garden at Chatsworth Way.

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There was plenty of work to do clearing the rest of the border

 

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Chopping out the hefty ivy roots.
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Rathbone gardeners concentrated on clearing the raised beds ready for new planting next week. We moved some of the Sweet William to the other borders.
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Clearing a space for the Sweet William.

 

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We also cleared the weeds from the border in the front garden.

 

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Andrew treated everyone to lunch at Sorrento’s. Thank you Andrew and a big thanks to the White Stuff volunteers. See you next week!

April 7th – Gardening at Rathbone

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Today the enemy is the blackberry – lovely to eat but they spread everywhere and have nasty thorns.
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We also dug out the stinging nettles which have taken over the end of the garden.
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Mowing the lawn.

 

 

 

 

 

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Clearing the weeds from the pot plants.
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We had a break, just in time before the rain came down.
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And lots of lovely cake for a Birthday treat!

Gardening at Rathbone – February 2016

 

The gardening group helped out at the Rathbone garden on 11th and 25th  February.  It was really cold on both mornings and we were all wrapped up well.  The sun soon came out and after working hard all morning we were able to sit and enjoy our lunch outside.

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Cleaning the mud off the rope tiles. We’ll use them again on the new border

 

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Victorian rope edging tiles- we dug them out so we can make the border bigger.
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Cutting down the ivy
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Weeding the border.
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Working out the best way to tackle the deep rooted ivy.
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That root is coming out!
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Clearing the debris from the borders

 

Clearing the dead leaves, weeds, twigs and branches and bagging them up for recycling. Another good days work, well done team!