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?

Friday 26 July 2013

Wednesday 24 July 2013

Even Our Sunflowers Are Happy!

Enjoying the weather while it lasts. The bees are as well, and the sunflowers are happy too...

Thursday 18 July 2013

New Faces and New Potatoes!

Ulrike gives the hugelkultur bed its 4th watering of the year.
Not sure how long this hot spell is going to last, but we do feel we earned it as we battled through the snows during the Winter! The hot weather is helping things to catch up at Windmill, but we've been beaten in our quest to stay mains water free in the last 2 weeks, as we've finally used up the water from our massive water butts and had to resort to using the tap. This is really telling us that we should store more water. The roof of the polytunnel can definitely supply more water than we are currently storing, so we need to add more barrels. If you have any spare bins or barrels, we'll happily take them off your hands.

Annette managed to be colour-coordinated
whilst watering!
Lizzy watering behind beans that look pretty
good despite infrequent watering.

Anna managed to multi-task -
weeding and watering at the same time!

Hassan's first job - watering!

We're still succeeding in keeping water use down though - most beds only need to be watered once a week, and we are still managing to keep the polytunnel going with watering on alternate days. We reckon deep roots are the key. Watch out for a "top tips" on that coming soon.

On the plus side, we were delighted to welcome new volunteers happy to help us water, so we managed to get it all done pretty quickly.

Hugh took a chance to get some shade.

We also lifted our first lot of potatoes. This gave us the chance to enjoy a lunch of new potatoes with bacon lardons and salad - yum! Even better, the fruit picking season is in full swing, so we used some of it to make a mixed fruit dish with greek yoghurt. The fruit cage and the raspberries are really getting productive this year, but it was so hot that the blackcurrants actually "cooked" whilst sitting on the table - changing colour like they do in the pan! Our camp-shower solar water heater bag showed us how hot it was too - creating water almost too hot to use for the washing up!

Chris admires the potato crop

Ray with the rasps

Guy quickly mastered the art of
blackcurrant picking

The fruits of our labours....

Oh - and we just noticed our first ripe tomato - and it's an outside one, not in the polytunnel - amazing!

The first ripe tomato of the season.

Wednesday 3 July 2013

Spectacular Summer Garden Party

Thank you to everyone who came along to our Summer Garden Party. We were so lucky - the rain cleared overnight and the sun came out just in time for the festivities to start. 

Let's get this party started...
We were delighted to welcome well over 100 folk from the local area and further afield, including the Gateway to Nature crowd, staff and pupils from Year 5 at Robert Shaw School, a group from Lenton Library, our local Councillors, Groundwork staff and volunteers, members of both local allotments, and a really good number of folk from the surrounding houses. 

Freshly picked salad - lettuce, radish and marigold petals

Visitors were treated to a good range of entertainment, with live songs from Lisa De'Ville making the atmosphere complete. We had Pulp Friction with their Smoothy Bike, Sue Routledge demonstrating spinning, Joyce Killowe showing our guests how to make flowers with rags and hazel twigs, Friends of the Earth with their Bee Cause stall, and our own games and trails to add a bit of interest. We also laid on some fab food - with bbq and pizzas (from the clay oven, of course!), salad fresh from our veg beds and cakes donated by volunteers. We even had elderflower cordial from our own flowers. Visitors also got free seeds, and were able to take away plants and veg for a small donation, so everyone was happy with their freebies.

Admiring Claire's "Fruit Facts" bunting

Finding out what the keyhole bed is supposed to do...

Sue with her spinning wheel 

A visitor recognises boots she used to wear here!

Volunteers were given certificates to recognise their
hard work this year.

FoE's Bee Cause stall - caused a buzz (sorry!)

Pedalling a smoothy.

Robert Shaw pupils tried out the tip tap again.

Our special game of "Kerplunk" with bees
helped visitors to find out more about the
threats to these important creatures.

Ray doing a roaring trade in elderflower cordial.

Ulrike and Jade quickly became dab hands at clay oven
pizza making.

Veggie bbq 
Meaty bbq