The first major task which we all felt had been outstanding for an number of weeks was to weed, feed and mulch the raspberry canes. This involved Helen and Dan pulling up a giant mass of weeds which had grown up around them and laying them down around the canes. The specific species of weed meant that they would not re root and would die, ultimately forming a compost which would provide nutrients to the canes. In order to mulch the canes, preventing moisture loss and further weed growth, Helen and Dan, with Tracey's assistance, cut up long strips of cardboard from a disused box to soak and lay over the rotting weeds. They then put a further layer of bark over the cardboard and these together would provide the mulch.
The newly-mulched raspberry canes
The next task involved the whole group coming together to transplant the lettuce seedlings which we had grown in one of the raised beds. We are trying to fill up the gaps in the raised beds which would otherwise become filled with weeds until the pumpkins grow and fill up the space. It also means that the beds have a growing mulch which will help retain moisture.
|Wayne with a giant-sized clump of lettuces!|
|Dan and Helen planting up lettuces|
We also had a lot of watering in the polytunnel contents, plus planting of some willow trees and the remaining sweet peas. Tracey believes that the willow trees will create a fantastic 'firework-like' display in the Autumn!
|Sweet peas around the willow obelisk|
|A thriving polytunnel|
|The fountain of all tomato plants!|
Ellis with the much anticipated blackcurrants
|We have fruit!|