New Year Tidying, Renovating and Pruning

This week in the garden, we will start work on renovating our gate borders, moving some plants to other parts of the site, leaving some and composting others.  Whilst plants are dormant, the weather relatively mild and the soil soft but not waterlogged, this is a fine time to be doing this work.

We need to complete our tree identification signs with lettering and varnishing. We also need to clean out our bird boxes and then put these and the signs up around the site by pairs of people who are good with ladders.

In the continuing spirit of New Year clear ups, we have another ‘tidy and order’ job of brushing, stacking and counting up our old 1.5, 1 litre, 9cm pots and our modules so they are ready to use for growing on all our young seedlings.  We will also sort out all our seed packets and decide which, if any, we want to keep and sow this year.  The rest we will offer out to our volunteers and visitors to take in return for a donation if they can afford to give us one – in kind or cash will work!

On Sunday 20th January 11am to 1pm, Cat will be running an Edible Garden Workshop on Apple and Pear Tree Pruning.  It’s a free workshop but do book here as places are limited.  If you would like to come and have your own pruning saw and secateurs, please do bring these with you.

The following Sunday on 27th January from 10am until 3pm it’s the next Renovate session for doing up the Lower Greenhouse. We’ll be cleaning up the cracks in the floor, beginning to brush down the walls and, if the weather is fine enough, removing the wooden lights from the cold frame and starting on the guttering brackets. It would be brilliant if all our volunteers could help out at least once on this project which takes place on the last Sunday of the month. Come as soon as you’re able and stay as long as you like! Thank you!

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