Harvest Time

Digging the ground ready to plant broad beans
Thinning out carrots

After a busy season of sowing, watering and weeding our crops the group have been able to share some delicious fresh fruit and veg.

Getting the pond ready

Flaming June!

Clearing out drowned weeds to add to the compost

We’ve only had a couple of sunny Saturdays as the weather has been very wet.  Everyone worked very hard and we dug and prepared beds and planted tomatoes and Jerusalem artichokes.

Watering the artichokes

 

Everybody busy
Tiny tomatoes
Roll out the barrel!
Working together
Loganberries
Strawberries

 

Blackcurrants

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.