|Our 1st season of pears: 4 fruits on this tree.|
All is going well at Antrim Castle Gardens and the community growing project involving a group of eager and energetic volunteers (me being one of them!). We're in our 2nd year and we've expanded the areas we maintain and look after. This year we added a heirloom kitchen garden area and another veg growing area. Next year we have plans to develop a cottage garden with a secret path through it that visitors to the public garden can discover and enjoy.
|Above: Our new veg growing area had potatoes in it, and now houses swede, leek, kale and lettuces.|
|Above: The heirloom kitchen garden contains a rang of edibles including herbs and medicinal plants. This is an area in development and its great to learn about new plants.|
|Above: Of course giant sunflowers are always popular and when working in the gardens its great to hear children exclaim excitement at the sight of the sunflowers.|
|Above: Some of the flowers in the garden include hydrangea and Salvia Purple Majesty.|
|Above: The pink snapdragon look striking but require a good lot of deadheading! The greenhouse in the background contains tomatoes, green peppers and cucumber.|
|Above: Over the weekend the verbena plants were attracting a good supply of butterflies and bees - great to see!|
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