How to Save & Sow Your Own Seeds
I'm telling you this as fair warning, once you start it is almost impossible to stop collecting and inevitably sowing seeds. It can become obsessive and over time an ingrained relfex you can no longer control.
Sadly in 2018 when we tried growing potatoes in our new vegetable beds they were badly eaten by vine weevel and our root growing days were over. We have been treating the ground, soil and compost with nematodes and are ready to grow again in 2020.
Learning from our mistakes we decided to go back to growing vertically with the potatoes and use our most effective, high yielding method which is low cost, easy and space saving. This year we are also experimenting to see if you can grow potatoes successfully from scraps. We will update this post in Autumn and let you know!
Seat Tops our Three Tier Treat
We are extremely lucky up in Consett to be at the top of may hills and surrounded by miles and miles of beautiful countryside in most directions. At our Community Garden site at Blackhill Club there is a fantastic corner where you can watch the sun set, looking down past the housing estate, which leads on to the amazing rolling hills behind. We wanted to make the most of this view and create an entrance feature for guests at the social club.
Making an Entrance using Reclaimed Materials
At Blackhill Club Community Garden, work has been underway finishing the entrance to the garden, and we are very close to finishing this whole area. This week the volunteers decided to tackle their vision to create a rockery entrance, in order to make a bold visual impact for guests visiting the club
Fortunately we have been able to store and use reclaimed materials from the site to make our idea a reality. It took 6 volunteers and a total of 20 hours to transform the space from an overgrown area of grass and weeds, to a beautiful, easy maintenance Alpine Rockery.
The group decided to use rocks and gravel in an artistic way to highlight the alpine plants, ferns, ivy and ornamental grasses planted, that can all happily grow in colder or more hardy conditions, like we have here in the North East.
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