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 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.

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