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?

Wednesday 16 May 2012

Mind your peas and carrots

We had a very useful Wednesday afternoon with Tracey, Philippa and Jade getting a bit of planting in. First we put in some carrots next to the onion bed - in 2 rows, one of which was planted into sand. The aim of this is to see if we really do get less carrot fly because of them being close to the strong smell of onions, and also to see if the sand helps us get better roots. We'll keep you posted on the success of those experiments. We also chucked in a row of radishes. This is a good trick because radishes come up a lot more quickly than carrots, so they help to mark out where the rows are, give you hope that something might come up and also take up space that might also be colonised by weeds. As well as that, you get something to liven up your salads in a couple of months whilst you wait for the carrots to get to a useful size.
Jade and Phil get 

After the carrot sowing, we put in a row of pea seedlings and had a go at wrestling some chicken wire into submission to make a support for them to climb up.

And the award for best support goes to.... 
At the end of the session Tracey went off to do a bit of outreach. She went up to help the after-school group at Nottingham University Samworth Academy to plant up their 2 raised beds. The pupils did a great job of weeding out the bed, and planting cabbages, potatoes, and a range of seeds that they will hopefully be harvesting later in the year to use in cooking.

NUSA pupils weed their raised beds

One of the "mega-weeds". 

Planting the cabbages at NUSA

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