This week, in the woodland we have pruned the fruit bushes. After any hard prune it is important to feed the plants that have been pruned. So this week, we will be weeding around the bushes, then applying a mulch of well rotted, nutritious compost.  

In the greenhouse the tomatoes and chilli seeds we sowed about a week ago have already germinated and now need regular monitoring. They are growing in the heated propagators. In order to prevent the seedling from becoming etiolated – i.e. the plants developing pale leaves and pale stretched stems due to lack of sun-light – we will set up propagation lights directly above the propagators. This ensures that the seedlings grow with strong upright stems. 

We are doing up our outdoors plant sales display stand ready for Spring. We will be cleaning up the metal with wire brushes, then painting it with Hammerite paint to get a nice durable finish.  We will also cut and varnish new wooden shelves.

After all the rain in the past week the paths in the garden are again rather muddy. We will be spreading more wood chip on them to make them easier to walk on.

The next volunteers meeting will be on Thursday 27th Feb at 3pm. If you have any items you would like to put on the agenda please email Cat on

Workshops coming up
This Sunday 23rd February,  there will be the next in the series of Productive Garden workshops from 10am – 1pm. There is no need to book but for more information go here

There are a few tickets left for Jelena’s first 2020 Three Types of Fermenting workshop on Saturday February 29th 11am to 1.30pm.  For more information and to book, go here

And Greenwoodworking workshops are back starting Friday 28th February 2020 at 12midday to 4pm.  For more info and to book go here.   Then on Sunday March 1st, Katy Jane is running a workshop on Greenwood Sculpture. For more info and to book go here.

As usual, on Saturdays, Andy Petch is running his Tai Chi Classes 2pm to 3pm. For more information go here.