Gearing up for spring, the Neighbourhood Group have been starting work on our Community Garden. They began tidying in the garden after receiving a grant form Action Earth to help us to get some tools, pots and plants for the winter. But now that we are moving closer to spring the group is currently doing all the preparation that is needed for getting the garden looking fresh for summer; this includes tasks such as tidying up and making space for new plants. Additionally, thanks to donations made to us by Pentland Plants, the groups have been busy re-potting a variety of plants and flowers, getting them ready to go into the ground when it’s a bit warmer. The group even managed to re-pot over 70 geraniums in one day!
Although the group are working hard getting our garden looking as good as possible, the Community Garden is not just for looks. The group have also been busy planting things for us to eat; they’re all looking forward to being able to cook with home-grown food! They have been planting peas, beetroot, tomatoes and pepper, with lettuce, carrots and more to be planted later in the year.
The group’s competitive side is also coming out, with the group roping in the staff to join in. Currently, they are in the grips of a bean-growing competition with Amanda in the lead and poor Ryan our Operations Coordinator finishing last.
Most of this work has been done inside while the weather has been windy and raining, but now our greenhouse is starting to fill up, the group are eagerly anticipating the warmer weather to get their new plants into our raised bed so they can grow as big as possible!