Welcome to the Secret Garden South of Bobber's Mill Bridge in Nottingham

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

We are a group of local people, who are nurturing a wonderful community garden in the heart of the city. You'll find us just South of Bobbersmill Bridge, on the allotment site at the South end of Ascot Road. 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 16 June 2011

I love it when a plan comes together!

This was the week when the herb garden was finally brought into use after painstaking work removing weeds for the past five months.  Tracey, Tez, Helen, Ellis and Dan were joined by a group from Nottingham Trent University who carried out the bulk of the work on the herb garden.  Tasks included removing the remainder of the weeds, the most invasive being horseradish, weaving and lining of the willow raised beds and of course planting of the herbs! The herb plants included sage, rosemary, fennel, Russian mint and curry plant amongst many others.

Weeding to clear the area ready for the herb beds
Tough work - very deep and very large roots!

The mass weeding session

The weaving begins!

Then for the lining.

Planting up

Elsewhere in the allotment, the volunteers continued the vegetable planting.  Ellis and Dan did a brilliant job of planting beans, namely runner and French beans. Helen was involved in planting of more exotic seed including shark's fin melon and Vietnamese mustard. She also planted some Chinese lantern plants to provide an edging to a couple of the raised beds and also to add a bit of sparkle to the orchard!
Last, but by no means least, Tez made fantastic work of spot weeding the brambles in a highly over grown orchard - very brave!

Tez gets a star for bravery!
The NBS team from Nottingham Trent University next to one of the 3 herb beds.

All in all, a very enjoyable and productive day, and the herb garden looks fabulous! Thanks to everyone, especially the NBS team from Nottingham Trent - who all worked so hard. We hope you are as pleased by the results of your labours as we are!

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