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.
Hill Bed turned out Canny solution
At our Community Garden project at Blackhill Club, we began with a hefty task and many elements stacked against us.
The site although large was unmaintained for years and had very little soil. Much of our soil areas, around the edges of the and had naturally developed over the years with grass and other weeds, and there wasn't enough soil to grow the food and herbs we had planned for the site. We knew after initial observations we had to increase our soil and growing area and began exploring possible solutions.
As well as the lack of soil, some of the edges had been planted with willow and other trees which had over grown and were beginning to bow and break, causing a safety risk. One of our first tasks in the winter was to cut back the trees, and we had an excess of wood material on site to put to good use.
The third issue we had on the site was due to en excessive flow of water coming off the neighboring hills. The water would flood down the car park area of the social club and run off all the green space, collecting in certain areas creating boggy wet land. We needed to find a way to capture and redirect the water.
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