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?

Saturday 27 April 2013

Today is Saturday, work and smile!

A great Saturday session today. If you didn't know already, we have started Saturday sessions on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month from 10am until 12 (ish!). These seem to be very popular and this week's was no exception. Admittedly, Tracey had decided there was so much to do that she drafted in her family, which swelled the numbers but still a good turn out, and we go lots done.

Pete applies rock dust

Most jobs involved weeding. The severe Winter did knock back the first appearance of the weeds, but they have enjoyed the warmer weather and are all happily springing into growth.

Pete and Holly helped prepare some beds for us, bringing in rock dust to add minerals and weeding to remove the dreaded bindweed and horsetail which don't seem to have been knocked back by the Winter at all. Of course, they weeded in that special Windmill way, where you keep the bee friendly weeds to place in the corners of the beds.

Holly prepares a raised bed, ready for our potatoes

Rowan and Carrie weeded the asparagus bed and transplanted some of the red orach that has planted itself in the beds.

Carrie and Rowan free the asparagus bed from Red Orache

Jeremy and Dan weeded the new raspberry bed, and planted wild roses along the fence line.

Dan and J tackle the raspberry jungle

Ulrike and Hazel worked in the Orchard to plant two currant bushes that Ulrike brought with her (volunteers who bring presents - v. nice!), and also added some roses to the fence line along the ditch.

Ulrike and Hazel have a quick rest
in between jobs

Tracey and Ash did some general weeding and Sally did a grand job weeding the fruit cage.

Ash reaches the weeds other volunteers can't get to!

Sally and friend de-weed the fruit cage

All in all, a fab session - well done team! In 2 weeks time, we'll do it again, but we're going to hold a plant and seed swap this time, so hopefully folk will come along to share seeds and plants.

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