Dead Heads and Saving Seed

In our 21st year we’ve been looking around for early photos of the garden. Diane has dug out these photos which date from around 2000. As you see there was no birch in the herb garden then – nor was there much of a herb garden. We’ve still got the golden rod though…

Lower greenhouse c2000

This week in the garden it’s still harvest time and there is plenty of harvesting of fruit and veg to be done.We are harvesting tomatoes consistently now and there is an excellent crop. In addition there are raspberries, runner beans, chard, potatoes and much more.

Now that we have picked the soft fruit from our red, white and black currant bushes it is time to take down the nets, clean them and put them away for another year.

There is a fair amount of deadheading – the removal of seed pods and spent flowers – to do at this time of the year in the garden. Reasons?  Partly for some it’s aesthetic as some of us don’t like seeing brown material around the garden in August.

For some prolific seed setting annual plants, it’s to stop that annual plant creating too many babies for the following year.  For some plants, it’s to stimulate a second flowering in the Autumn.

And for some perennial plants, it’s good for the plant to remove the seed heads as this saves the energy the plant puts into creating seeds.

On the other hand, many of the seeds and fruits are edible for birds and other wildlife so it’s good to leave well alone.  And some dead or dying organic plant material will provide homes for all sorts of creatures and wildlife around the garden. And some of it looks beautiful left on the plants. In short, we don’t want to be too tidy!

Nevertheless If you are doing some deadheading at BPCG or in your own garden over the next months, please save any attractive ‘dead’ flowers / seed heads / leaves and bring them into BPCG for us to dry off for using in our Wreath Making workshops in late November / December.

We’ll be collecting seeds and dead flowers from around the garden this week. Here’s the lowdown on seed saving.
Seed Saving 101: 10 Things to Know If You Want to Start Saving 
https://modernfarmer.com/2018/07/seed-saving-101-10-things-to-know-if-you-want-to-start-saving-seeds/

August is a good time to sow more fast growing salads, and fast growing varieties of carrots which we will be doing to fill the gapes in the vegetable beds which have been cleared when we harvested our kohlrabi, onions and beetroots.

Around the garden we have many wooden signs, some of which are in need of touching up and refreshing, so anyone who enjoys calligraphy is very welcome to have a go.

The minutes of the volunteer meeting from Sun 28th July are here

In other BPCG news

It’s not too late to book for a Yoga session or two on the BPCG decking run by Sally Ramsden on Saturdays 11 to 12.30 in August.  10th Aug, 17th Aug, 24th Aug. More details here

Jar and Fern are holding two Terrarium workshops at BPCG on Saturday 10th August.  You can find out more and book for these here

Looking forward to seeing you soon,

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