Spring in Tideswell Community Garden

February 13, 2018 | 0 Comments | Filed under: 2018, March 2018

If you’ve wandered through the Community Kitchen Garden (behind St John’s Church Institute) recently, you might be forgiven for thinking nothing much is happening. The reality, as gardeners will know very well, is that there’s more going on than you think, bulbs are starting to appear, there are buds on the fruit bushes and new shoots peeking through the soil. We are especially glad to see the bright purple crocus flowers appearing. Planted last year as part of Rotary’s worldwide campaign to eradicate polio, their colour is a reminder of the dye used to mark each child’s finger when they have received their life saving oral polio vaccine. Work for the garden is going on behind the scenes too: seeds are being set; potatoes chitted and plans made for the coming year. The small group of volunteers who maintain the garden are looking ways of making it more ‘easy care’ while still providing useful crops for the village lunch club. We hope to grow more rhubarb and soft fruits, expanding our range with a thornless blackberry and some redcurrants. We’ll plant different sorts of beans, which grow well here, and there will be tomatoes and salads in the greenhouse as usual. We’re wondering about trying a climbing squash called Tromboncino which is supposed to be easy to care for, has anyone tried it in this area before?

Do walk through the garden now spring is on its way, its open to everyone and you can have a look at whats there. We’ll be selling plants and seedlings at the food festival as usual so call and say hello or have a look at our facebook page (Tideswell Kitchen Garden) if you want to find out more.

Gillian White


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