Welcome to the Secret Garden behind Bobber's Mill in Nottingham

Welcome to Windmill Community Gardens, home of the Climate Friendly Gardeners Project.

We are a group of local people, helped by Groundwork Greater Nottingham, who are resurrecting a wonderful community garden in the heart of the city. You'll find us at the South end of Ascot Road, near Collins Cash and Carry. The Gardens are a great place where anyone can come to find out more about growing their own food in a changing climate. We cater for all abilities and welcome any nationality or age group.

Why not come and join us?

Thursday, 7 July 2011

A Day of Ins and Outs

This week the weather is great for providing the crops with plenty of water, and helping to fill up our water butts, but it's unfortunately also the week we've got the most groups coming, so it's entirely unhelpful for our guests!

Here comes the rain.... again!

Our group today was from the Acorn Day Centre. We were delighted to have them along, as they had agreed to assess the site for ease of use for wheelchairs and other disability issues. In return, we promised them lunch - as long as they would harvest if for us!

Hopeline, Yvonne and Mark tour the site

The look around the site went pretty well, although it's clear we need to create a turning circle in the path in the wild-garden / orchard area. We also discovered that the polytunnel is going to need quite a bit of modification to the entrances to make them fully accessible, although everyone managed to get in. Actually it was good that they could, as we had to make a dash for the polytunnel every time it rained - and it did, quite a bit!

Tammi, Tom, Yvonne and Tanya harvest potatoes from the raised bed.

Fortunately the rain held off long enough for everyone to have a chance to harvest potatoes, including the gorgeous Edzell Blue, which is an astonishing blue-purple when it is picked. The raised beds got the thumbs up, making it possible for all the chair users to harvest. We then boiled up the potatoes (thanks to Catherine for helping with that), whilst the group went on to harvest lettuce, carrots and radishes.

These all contributed to a delicious lunch of potatoes with cheese and salad, which was much enjoyed, with many folk having seconds. Over lunch we discussed food miles, and also the various crops we grow.

Fortunately the rain held off long enough for lunch.

We hope to see our Acorn visitors back again soon for our celebration on 21st July.

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