Our first working party on March 6th was on a warm, sunny afternoon, when 5 of us dug the soil out of the small raised bed, removed the many fibrous tree roots which had grown in from a neighbouring tree, and put down a permeable membrane to try to stop it happening again. We sieved the soil back in which was good exercise but hard work!. We also started some tidying up, and planted foxgloves, grape hyacinths and primroses in the shady bank at the top of the plot. Our party included a well-behaved black labrador and a 3 month old baby who slept contentedly for the whole time.
A note had recently been left in the basket where we leave produce.
“ALFI – Thank you for the excellent cabbage last week. Couldn’t find the donation box at the Station but will donate when it reappears”
On Saturday February 7th we again had wonderful support for our annual seed swap. A continual stream of people of all ages and interests came into the Methodist Hall and went away with seeds, potatoes, newsletters and renewed enthusiasm for the start of the growing season. There was a buzz of conversation around coffee tables as old friendships were renewed and new ones made. It was particularly good to welcome some enthusiastic new supporters. One of these, Ellis, brought some New Zealand yams (Oxalis tuberosa), tiny tubers with a tangy lemon flavour. He even had some freshly roasted ones for us to sample, and several people took some away to try growing them this year.
Don’t forget when you start germinating your seeds, to keep some spare seedlings for our Seedling Swap on May 9th.
On Monday the committee had its monthly committee meeting, a relaxed occasion ably chaired by Clare, and on this occasion hosted by Sonia with ample drinks and nibbles to sustain us! We agreed final details for the signs which we are having made for our sites around the town, planned publicity etc for Seedy Saturday and finalised the contents of our next newsletter. We also discussed our theme for next year and still had several items of AOB. Even so, we finished well within the two hours which is our limit.
On Wednesday afternoon 6 of us worked at the Vicarage Plot led by Steve, and with his expertise we fixed the wooden planks in position which are to form the edging to the beds and paths. Ann’s design is looking good and she is almost ready to order the soft fruit, strawberries and lavender plants, and organise a planting working party. Look out for details on the front page if you would like to be involved.
And on Thursday evening we held a social evening at the Railway Arms to say thank you to our volunteers who help us look after our plots and planters, and without whom we would cease to function!
Thanks to all of them!