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Community Gardens (10 a.m – 12 p.m).
23/11/2022 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM GMT
An event every week that begins at 10:00 AM on Wednesday and Saturday, repeating until 31/03/2023
Started in 2021 to complement the tree nursery as we thought it was a natural progression to have the two on the same site where there would be more sense of local ownership and guardianship and it’s the site where we eventually hope to add the woodland school to the community hub.
With a food poverty grant from BGBC, we purchased 20 ton of compost/soil improver, but before we could spread it we had to clear the site of scrub willow and rush, then to fence it and “a la Charles Dowding” the no dig guru, we carboarded the whole site, thank you Thomas Waste Brynmawr for supplying vast quantities of free cardboard and Howard Withers and his digger for clearing and ditching the site.
We have planted lettuce, chard, peas, mangetout, onions, radishes, broad beans, runner beans, beetroot, potatoes, carrots and parsnips with mixed results as though we have used organic chicken manure pellets and calcified seaweed, the compost is so nutrient deficient (its really just a soil improver) that everything is struggling, so we will be increasing the fertility with well rotted manure and composted woodchip and plant material.
There are a selection of fruit trees, apples -cookers and eaters, plums, damsons, gages, pears and cobnuts funded by Groundwork Wales, so we hope to have a productive fruit area in years to come, we will strip off nearly all the fruit that has set this year so that they can develop a good root system