We decided to use an existing compost bin to put the free manure into (it was piled up on bed 5) to allow it to decompose for next year. It soon filled up so we spent time emptying a second bin full of weeds, a mass of roots and old compost. It took some doing but we dug it out and sieved through it . It gave us more compost to put on our no dig bed and an empty bin for the rest of the manure. Bed 5 now ready for for a dig over, the plan being to plant the first early potatoes that are currently sprouting on my bedroom windowsill.
We are really looking forward to welcoming people onto Plot 33 and to involving them in our growing and making projects. One of our on-going groups is Wonder Women, a very diverse group of women who meet to do creative stuff together for our sense of wellbeing. We get involved in arts projects across the city. We are currently collectively making a bold decorative sign for the plot. I went out on my bike and delivered a bag of materials to each of the women (who come from all over the city) so they can each create three decorative letters that will make up our sign. Watch this space to see the result and to find out what our next project might be. This series of activity with Wonder Women is funded by a Stoke-on-Trent City Council Covid Grant.
Greening Stoke is a project run in partnership between Festival Stoke and Letting in the Light. We are based in Stoke-on-Trent.
We are started this adventure in January 2021 in the middle of a national lockdown. Gradually, as things begin to open up, close down and then open up again, Rachel and Anne abided by all the Covid-19 Government guidance, worked in a socially distanced way, to prepare and maintain Plot 33 so that they were eventually able to invite the community to work with them.
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