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 19 June 2014

Bouncing Baby Robins (and lots of other work, honest!)

Today we discovered that it's hard to work whilst being watched by baby robins. There are a few issues. The first is that they are so cute, it's difficult to concentrate on the job in hand, and not just watch them. The second is that they tend to get pretty close, so you have to keep an eye on where they are to avoid the possibility of hurting them with a tool you are using (they probably would get out of the way in time, but we sometimes use scythes - yikes!). Then there's also the temptation to provide them with snacks when you find tasty mini beasts of appropriate size (which is what they are waiting for - don't kid yourself that they are there because they want to make friends!).

We've also got some wonderful flowers growing, which make us want to keep stopping and looking. This poppy is especially amazing, so we'll collect seeds and see if they provide the same result.

Amazing bi-coloured fringed double poppy

Despite the distractions, Hassan, Martin and Mark managed to tidy up the weeds and revamp the fancy flowers by the front gate, so the entrance is now looking welcoming again, instead of being a display of weeds that grow well in gravel...

Mark and Hassan smarten up the entrance. Baby robin declined
to sit still long enough for a focussed photo!

Whilst the guys were doing that, Chris got the tidying bug as well, and took the opportunity to give the container garden area a good haircut.

Chris giving the container area a short back and sides

Now you can see the containers again!

Chris takes a well-earned rest

We are delighted with some of the crops this year. It feels as if the improvements we made to the soil have made a big difference. The bed looking the most happy is the 3 Sisters bed, with corn, beans and squashes growing together to support each other. Everything in the bed is looking lush and growing well. This probably means something's about to go wrong, but we might as well be positive whilst we can! 

The Three Sisters Bed is rocketing away

One crop we have that's incredibly easy is callaloo. It grows so easily and it's seed is always scattered at the end of the season, so you know you'll get easily weeded seedlings as soon as the weather warms up a bit. They can be transplanted to the new bed when you do a rotation, and the rest composted. It's probably a good candidate for a late green manure or mulch crop.

Komal planted up the callaloo in the Jamaican bed
 If any readers are good on bug identification, you might be able to help, as we can't id this bug - it's about the size of a ladybird, but isn't in the main books.

Mystery bug

 Lunch was pea and bean risotto -  even better than last time we did this, as we had more peas and beans to add to it. Guy is becoming a dab-hand at acting as Sous-Chef, and did a great job helping Tracey with preparation.

Guy podding peas for the risotto

Risotto in progress - a real treat!

Sitting down to lunch. Even the folk who weren't sure about
risotto changed their minds - result!

1 comment:

  1. really looking forward to seeing Windmill in all its real-life glory, after studying photos for map purposes!