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 8 September 2011

Putting the fun back into Windmill

Well, after last week's drama, this week we managed to have some fun and get a lot of useful garden work done at the same time. There was a great atmosphere as we had visitors from Framework through their "Gateway to Nature" project who came to pick plums and damsons to make jam on site. We rewarded them for their hard work by harvesting and cooking sweetcorn for them, which was much appreciated. The jam making went really well, so well in fact  that the group leaders hope to come back next week with another group to even make more jam.

Some of our harvest

Is this our longest bean?
Whilst the jam making was going on, the rest of the group got on with more general harvesting. We've got lots of beans still - french (yellow ones and green ones), runners and "lazy housewife" beans (so called we think because they are stringless, easy to cut and don't go tough and stringy even if you are bit late picking them.) We also have brocolli, spinach, callalloo, cauliflower and courghettes, as well as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and basil in the polytunnel. Unfortunately we also have some caterpillar problems, as we left the doors open for much of the summer for ventilation. Of course, Tracey, favouring organic methods, adopts the "pick and squash" technique, everyone else is a bit squeamish or pro-caterpillar rights about it all. We just need to keep the problem in check, as the damage is fairly minor at the moment.

Some of our happy jam makers.

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