This is the journal of my endeavours to grow a range of fruit, veg and flowers from seed, grow organically, and my attempts to create a personal paradise with 1/2 acre of maintained gardens and 1/2 acre wild meadows. Northern Ireland's average daily high temperatures are 18 °C (64 °F) in July and 6 °C (43 °F) in January. Soil type: Clay

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Community Garden Update

Our volunteer garden group have planted up our 8 new veg boxes with winter vegetables including: scallions, perpetual spinach, two types of kale, winter salad, and winter calabrese/ broccoli. The organic plants were supplied by a local market garden whereas next year we hope to grow our own from seed. We are likely to sell our veg to fundraise for the group, however, this is still to be decided. Our group had the help of an experienced veg grower who suggested the layout of our beds.
This photo shows the veg boxes at the far left before they were planted. The two planting boxes above are for fruit - strawberries and rhubarbEarlier in the month we planted a range of fruit trees - apple, pear, gooseberry bushes, etc.
Above: some of our members planting  fruit trees. One of the apple trees had about 5 apples on it, which the group were delighted about. However, they were stolen before we could harvest them. Suppose this is the slight downside to gardening in an area that is open to the public every day. 

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  1. The danger of theft is going to be a problem isn't it? Such a pity!

  2. You are really making use of your space! I am relatively new to vegetable gardening, and haven't explored options for winter veg yet... next year!

  3. The garden is coming along nicely. I suppose vandels could keep it picked clean. The project is a great thing to do for the community. Perhaps the garden needs a guard dog.

  4. You inspire me to redesign my bed. The beds look so wonderful.

  5. Maybe the answer to the theft problem is to erect a sign saying "Please note that this area is under 24-hour CCTV surveillance. Thieves will be prosecuted." (Even if it is not true!).
    I'm intrigued by the term "veg box" which you use. To me those are "raised beds", whereas to me a "veg box" is a weekly delivery of vegetables from a supplier like Abel and Cole"! The joys of language diversity, eh??