Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Bridge Community Garden: June

We have life! Finally, after a very slow start in spring, lots of work digging to create raised beds and paths, everything being eaten overnight by about a million snails, we now have what looks like a functioning garden and more important than the fruit, veg and salad: people in the garden! It always makes the garden feel like a fun place to be when everyone comes along to lend a hand and work together. We have had some plants donated which has helped fill a few spaces as we had so little room for raising seeds. We were given the tip of using tin foil as a slug and snail deterrent; a cheap version of copper tape. I think it's helping. We had a load of bark chips donated from a landscaper friend which we have started to put down on the paths. It makes the site look so much nicer and feels soft and spongy to walk on. We have had a couple of people come along to the horticultural therapy group. I have asked them to start keeping a diary of their experience of working in the garden. I hope we will have a number of people staying for the whole year so we can see how beneficial they have found the experience. They work alongside our other volunteers and our two trainee gardeners, doing the same activities. We have a small sand pit which the children have been enjoying digging in. I hoped this would distract them from digging in the beds and it seems to be working so far. The gooseberries and raspberries are ripening. We have lots of lovely looking lettuce, a few sorry looking peas, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, herbs, radish, chard, broad beans, corn and some cabbages.

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