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, 10 May 2012

Robert Shaw Year 5's make the allotment extra scary!

We were delighted to welcome another class from Robert Shaw Primary School to the allotment today. What was even better was that they came armed with a forest of scarecrows of all kinds, even though they had only promised to bring 2!

Scarecrows Galore!

The allotment now has enough scarecrows to worry even our street-wise pigeons, and a few of them have even made us jump already.

The Scarecrows start their work

After the class had had a chance to look around the allotment, we split them into groups to form 2 weeding teams and 2 work teams. One work team planted in the polytunnel with Tracey, whilst the other helped to create another builder's bag bed with Matt, and we swapped the weeders and workers around halfway through the session.

Philippa helps one of the weeding teams to get started.

The weeders did a fantastic job with the help of regular volunteers Philippa and Chris, and managed to dig up some amazingly long roots. The planting team put in some tomato plants and a melon seedling for us, using a method designed to help reduce the need for watering, whilst the bag-bed team cleared a site and then dug out compost to fill the bag.

Planting a tomato the "Windmill Way"

Digging up the compost for the bag bed
A completed bag bed

Thank you to the whole class for all their hardwork, and we look forward to seeing another class from Robert Shaw when the time comes to harvest the tomatoes.






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