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 3 November 2011

Time for the big clean up, and a visit

This week, we made a start on getting the beds ready for winter. This year's spent growth needs to be taken out and composted, and then we'll top-dress with the remains of the municipal compost.

We began on Wednesday with the polytunnel which needed a really good clean out to get rid of fallen fruit and all the caterpillars. We also had a huge horseradish plant that had emerged too close to the tomatoes to be pulled out before. Helen just got her spade and that was the end of it - very impressive! She and Ellis did a fantastic job clearing the polytunnel beds and then raking them to remove all the rotten tomatoes that were on the soil. They also found enough green tomatoes to make a batch of chutney.

Helen and Ellis did sterling work clearing the polytunnel.

We also had some visitors from the Deaf Wellbeing Group. Lucy, Andy and Jude came along to see the site and the potential to do some volunteering here. The group mainly use sign language to communicate, so this could be a great learning opportunity for us too. Even on this visit, as we now know how to ask in British Sign Language if someone wants tea or coffee, and if they want milk. We're also hoping the group will be able to give us a BSL contribution for our multi-lingual garden translator information.

Lucy translates the names of unfamiliar herbs for Andy and Jude

Our visitors enjoyed looking at the remaining crops and learning all the names of the plants in our well-stocked herb beds, and are keen to come back soon. We're looking forward to it and we hope that they enjoy the lettuces.

On Thursday, we were joined by Dan and Mel, and did more clearing. We lifted the first parsnips of the season. Tracey is hoping to turn these into something delicious soon, along with a good crop of chard and spinach. We also harvested the lemon verbena and the tarragon from the herb bed, and lifted the lemon verbena so we can try to get it through the winter alive.

We've been offered some free chicken wire to armour the polytunnel against knife attack, so if the weather doesn't get too cold or windy, we might manage to recover it next week. Fingers crossed and watch this space!

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