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Potting Shed Update....March 2017
After much discussion including a special finance sub group meeting to review suggestions, the proposed layout for the Potting Shed was agreed at the Directors Meeting on 9th March.
Please click on the pdf below to view the layout that has been chosen after taking into account suggestions. The theme of the layout is "a flexible, multi-purpose space" which allows a wide range of uses accross the community.
Any questions can be raised at the OGM in May.
Head Gardener's Update....March 2017
Many of the members are saying that the garden is looking in the best shape ever at this stage of the year. Certainly the land looks well prepared and as weed free as I can remember, I am hoping this will be the first year we do not need to rotovate, and we are able to use more no dig principles than ever.
The winter crops overall have been very good, with the exception of some very small Brussels Sprouts. We are still cropping Carrots and Parsnips from the ground, the latest we have ever done this, and with very little damage to the crop. We have had a bumper crop of Curly Kale, plenty of Savoy Cabbages and recently a small but steady supply of Purple Sprouting Broccoli. There is an abundance of Salad in the polytunnels and outdoor Radicchio supplemented this until very recently. Having cropped Leeks for over 5 month we have left the remaining variety Bandit for 5 weeks to fill out, which they have done and we have started cropping again.
We have grown White Sprouting Broccoli for the first time and have had excellent results.
The outdoor spring planting has started since the middle of March. 3 beds of onion sets have been planted. Summer Broad Beans have been sown to follow on from the autumn sown variety. Rocket potatoes have been planted using no dig principles, quick and easy to plant into the manure which has been put on the soil surface. They will be topped up with compost and manure. Accent potatoes have been planted, which means we have 50kg of First Early potatoes in the ground.
The forced Rhubarb, in spite of the attention of the slugs has been delicious.
In the polytunnel Spinach, Calabrese, Peas, Turnips, Kohl Rabi, Summer Cabbages, Parsley, Dill Coriander, Beetroot, Radishes, a range of Lettuces, Spring Onions and Red Onions have been sown and germinated. Soon many of these will be planted out under fleece into the garden. In propagators at members’ homes Tomatoes, Peppers and Aubergines have been started.
In the fruit garden new raspberries and extra rhubarb have been planted. An extra Quince and another Victoria plum have been added too. They have been winter pruned and at the moment there is a mass of blossom coming out. They look superb.
In the cutting flower garden members have been having a mass of daffodils to buy. The delphiniums are admired, no slug damage and all grown without the use of slug pellets. We anticipate another great year, the flowers in 2016 were magnificent.
The season is definitely in full swing.
Click Here to read previous updates from the Head Gardener.
Our new Shredder
Grace and Flavour would like to thank everyone who donated via Crowdfunder towards our new shredder. We raised over £350 to replace the one stolen from the garden.
Some of those who donated received a wonderful veg box as you can see, which contained some very fine veggies from the garden. So look out for next time we use crowd funding and you too could be the recipiant of such an amazing box of the available veg.
Grace & Flavour is a community garden in West Horsley in Surrey.
When the steering committee first found this three-acre, derelict walled garden in the grounds of a nursing home belonging to the National Trust, in 2009 You couldn't actually see the walls because it had 30 years worth of fly-tipping, brambles and nettles at head height.
But since then a team of willing volunteers have joined together, and sustained by lots of tea and cake, we work the land, growing and sharing veg, and restoring this walled garden in West Horsley, Surrey to its former glory.
The purpose of Grace and Flavour is to grow food for the people who live and/or work in the surrounding areas. Crops grown are distributed to those working on the project, those wishing to buy it (through local retailers), and 10% is set aside for free distribution to those in our community who do not have access to fresh, locally grown produce.
We are a not-for-profit enterprise - all proceeds from the sale of our food are used to cover costs and to build up the business. In addition to being of great value to our local community, Grace and Flavour also addresses ecology concerns about the distance that our food has to travel from farm to plate. Currently, the way that fruit and vegetables are produced and distributed not only increases the amount of road traffic and contributes to climate change; it also creates a disconnect between producer and consumer that results in poor quality food and high prices, with not enough attention being paid to legitimate customer concerns about food safety, animal welfare, and damage to the environment. We aim to produce food that is tasty, wholesome, and grown in a way that is in harmony with nature and respectful of animal welfare. Since we are a non-profit making organization, our food will also be reasonably priced.
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Watch this video made by the National trust to celebrate the 1000th Allotment on NT land and filmed at Grace and Flavour including interviews with some of the members.
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