Happy Autumn to you. Hasn't it been nice to have this break in the weather? I love this time of year. It's been a busy few weeks with brainstorming, pony poo deliveries, sandpit building, progress with our composting hub, Communal Crew seed sowing and taking some steps to tackle the problem of people helping themselves a little too freely to our veg.
- We get to meet, re-meet and know each other
- New people come along and learn how things work and do #1
- We do the stuff that needs to be done to keep things running smoothly and make the garden better
This month we have a few things lined up:
- an intro for new people and a compost workshop
- fix the gates and the greenhouse door so they open/close easily
- pull out the hard rubbish we want to dispose of in the upcoming collection
- extend the greenhouse watering system
- prepare storage for Autumn leaf donations
- weeding, watering, feeding, mulching
- put up some new compost signage and making some personal plots signs
- we're resurrecting our monthly food swap so bring anything food related you want to swap (e.g. tools, seeds, plants, produce, tall stories)
- and of course....eating, drinking, chatting, giggling etc.
Ways you can help: Propagation, Composting, Fundraising and ...weedsteaming?
- Propagation Group - we want to get the most from our propagation area including the greenhouse with its watering system and the almost finished hardening-off area outside. We'd like to see if groaning with seedlings ASAP. We're setting set up a group to look after this area (this doesn't mean looking after plants).
- Composters - notice the new Composting page on our website? It's a sign of some exciting things happening with our community compost hub in the run up to Compost Awareness Week in May (more soon). We're seeking a dedicated band of compost enthusiasts to help manage our green waste recycling activities, not necessarily doing all the work but recruiting, helping to organise and manage it and to help others learn.
- Grass Haters Brigade - we've been trying to organise a trial of a clever weed steaming system that might help us manage the 'orrible invasive grass throughout the garden in a sustainable, organic way. We need some people to help try to make this happen.
- Fundraising - To develop the garden into the place we want it to be and to keep it growing loads of lovely food, we will need to turn our attention to raising some money. We need some people to help with this.