20.4.19 Spring Blossom

Cherry and quince trees

 

The gardeners were lucky to have beautiful sunny weather over the Easter bank holiday. All our fruit trees are in blossom, the cherry will need netting to keep the birds from taking all our crop.

There is plenty of work to do, knee-high grass and weeds everywhere, so much digging.  The hot weather has made the soil very hard!  

You have to start somewhere

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cutting the grass

 

One bed dug

Christmas celebrations

The gardening group got together at Abbeville’s restaurant in Clapham for our annual Christmas lunch.

 

If times get harder we’ll have the squash we grew in 2017 for Christmas next year!

Delicious food and good company. Abbeville’s restaurant is run by First Steps Trust and is mainly staffed by people with learning disabilities

One year later!

 

In August 2017 the gardening group lost its funding and we had to abandon our plot.  We recently got some more money and were able to spend 4 weeks working together.

The plots were looking very neglected and there was plenty to do.  The good news is that Rosendale Allotments donated a polytunnel so our group can grow plants from seed and have a place to shelter and work when it rains.

We tidied the shed, cleaned it out and put everything back.  Then the grass was strimmed and the weeds dug up.  We drowned the weeds in the water butt.

Manure was collected from the top of the allotment, where it’s delivered free, and we used it, together with our homemade compost, to top up the beds.

More stones were collected and the new strawberry bed was weeded and enlarged.  There are more strawberry runners to plant up this year.

 

 



























Free fruit – blackberry time

Keep an eye out for blackberries ripening, they are delicious and make great pies and jams.  There are wild plants growing all over the place, watch out for thorns if you pick, and give them a wash.  They freeze well.

One of our Rathbone gardeners won 1st prize at Lambeth Country Show. Well done!

Our new boundary put up by RAA site officers.

Clearing the weeds

Breaking up the soil on the new plot

Sun gold tomatoes

Rain at last!

We planted potatoes as they help to break up the soil

 

 

After weeks of hacking away at the rock hard soil on the new plot we had lots of the rain and were able to dig properly.

 

Soil on plot 419 ready for planting

Strawberry runners saved from last year

 

Planting tomatoes on the old plot

Making a border of stones to remind us not to step on the new beds

Plums

Pears

Shallots appearing

 

Weeding

 

Runner beans and squash

Clearing the paths

We netted the cherry tree, we don’t want to please the birds that much!

We also sowed sunflowers and nasturtiums to add some colour and please the bees and birds.

May on the plots

The raw ingredients for compost

The finished product

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Butternut squash ready for planting

We’ve been very busy tidying up the plots ready for May inspections, getting beds ready for planting, making compost to improve the soil and watering everything as it’s been so dry.

 

We’re growing squash and beans together in the new raised bed.

 

 

Watering the squash.

Purple sprouting broccoli

More compost!