Life is speeding up at Windmill Community Gardens. James, Bryn and John and others, have been busy creating several new compost bins over the winter, which are now ready to fill. Next we will be moving on to creating new benches around the fire with eight wooden sleepers, kindly donated by Selco in Basford. Then there are the bed edges that need replacing, we are still looking for timber for that. We also have a new path from the gate, along by the hedge. We are redesigning Mohi and Mohamed's garden area near the gate, so it is ready for when the venture down to windmill again with their baby. They both have disabilities, so need a separate area to work in. We are going to add a covered growing space and seating area.
The onions, garlic and broad beans that we planted in the autumn are showing themselves to the world. In the polytunnel, the spinach and salad greens are rejuvenating after their winter rest and we picked some yesterday. The little creatures haven't been so active, so I hope that the peppermint oil on cotton wool balls, that I used to deter them from eating the lettuce, has worked. Unfortunately, they have used the cotton wool balls in the shed to create a nest - recycling at its best! Meanwhile we have been busy planting up herbs, vegetables and flowers in trays to germinate. We only have one person working in the polytunnel at a time, so this is taking longer than usual, but we are persevering.
We have not made any definite plans for coming out of lockdown yet, but we are meeting on the 16th of March, so will discuss it then. Nothing will change until March 29th, when the "Rule of six", meeting outside will return. Then there will probably be further relaxtions on April 12th. We will also be planning the Art Exhibition that we are going to hold in the early summer. This is to replace the Feel Good Garden Party that we normally hold, as we felt that having a lot of people on the site at once and activities like massage, wouldn't be suitable. If you, or anyone that you know, is an artist (Professional, or amateur) , and would like to exhibit, please get in touch.
In the meantime, if you have artistic leanings, why not join us in creating our very own Troll? Tracey has received instructions from the creators of this one at the Lost Gardens of Helligan, in Cornwall and construction is already underway. Please call Tracey on - 07816899978 if you want to take part. We also have three more zoom workshops, open to all and free to participate : Create your own Dream Diary - Saturday 13th March 10.30am. Clever, Useful and Fun, Plastic Bottle Crafts - Wednesday 17th March 10.30am. and Baskets from Household Bits and Bobs - Saturday 20th March 10.30am. Please go to our Facebook page to book: (4) Windmill Community Gardens | Facebook
Rosie Jarrett 5th March 2021