Welcoming the walkers

We had a excellent afternoon / evening waiting to greet the walkers kicking off this year’s Diep-Haven artist residency by Ève Chabanon & Theo. We are connecting Whitehawk Community Food Project with our Community gardens and the walkers trekked from one site to the other planting apple trees at both and started to talk about ideas for something collective, fun and social connecting the two community gardens this year. While we waited for the walkers to arrive we got some good gardening jobs done and we enjoyed lots of tea & cake in between!
We have pencilled in future meetings for April 26th, June 14th and July 12th to get ready for a weekend of activities July 21-22nd. Venues to be confirmed here and the Facebook group.


Winter gardening jobs

We wind down abit at the gardens during the deep winter months. However there are still jobs to be done. We have been pruning the Willows and the fruit bushes & trees, plus planting bare root plants & bulbs for the spring. It’s a good time to move or plant dormant trees and our Walnut had been allocated a new home where it can have more room to flourish. It’s important to maintain as much root as possible when moving a tree, so we spent several hours digging it out of heavy clay & preparing its new home. A tough, muddy job, but a big one ticked off the list for 2018!


Inspired by planting bulbs on the first day of the winter wonderland course
I thought I’d try a few at home, of course your supposed to raise bulbs from those supplied by seed centres as they’d be free from diseases
but i had a few organic ones left over from the supermarket which were beginning to sprout, so ever the optimist thought I’d just plant them and see what happens
Theres no proper beds in my small back garden, so i thought i’d try them in containers
I went for using old strawberry punnets from the summer, it rather irks me that they nearly always end up as landfill
the main drawback with this being that there might be insufficent soil for them to grow to their full size, but best just to try and see
this size container worked ok for my lettuce seeds over the summer

ok rather a dull picture, but i’ll update it if anything happens to sprout!

planting garlic bulbs
garlic is grown from bulbs, break the bulbs up into individual cloves
plant the right way up! the leaves sprout from the top

Plant in mid to late autumn
Planting distance: 7.5 – 10 cm (3-4 in)
Planting depth: 5 cm (2in)
Distance between rows: 30 cm (12 in)
Harvesting: Mid – late summer

Garlic (Allium sativum) has been used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes. Sanskrit records show its medicinal use about 5,000 years ago, and it has been used for at least 3,000 years in Chinese medicine. The Egyptians, Babylonians, Greeks, and Romans used garlic for healing purposes. In 1858, Pasteur noted garlic’s antibacterial activity.
Currently, garlic is used for reducing cholesterol levels and cardiovascular risk, as well as for its antineoplastic and antimicrobial properties. good for cleaning the blood!

Garlic was placed by the ancient Greeks on the piles of stones at cross-roads, as a supper for Hecate — a goddess of the wilderness and childbirth, or for protection from demons. The garlic was supposed to confuse the evil spirits and cause them to lose their way.

and vampires!

Plus the rather obvious point that its delicious and is hard to imagine cooking a meal without lobbing in at least a few cloves