Look! Our radishes are forming.
The cold frame together with warmer weather has warmed up the ground enough for planting shallots and carrot seeds in alternate rows to help prevent 'pests'. We moved the cold frame along the bed to warm up the next bit of ground.
We have decided to venture to the beds above the greenhouse, that we have been trying to ignore! We cut back the weed growth on the 2nd and 3rd bed and covered it in cardboard. our plan is to plant a load of free spuds we've been given through the cardboard and weeds to, at the very least, improve the soil and also increase our potato harvest. Fingers crossed.
We had a wee peek under the upturned barrel to see how the 'forced' rhubarb is doing. Oh yes, it has grown enough for us to pick (lesson for me in how to pick rhubarb properly...been doing it wrong for years!?!) and take home to make ...stewed rhubarb with yoghurt and rhubarb, orange and ginger sponge. Yum yum!
It has been quite hard work in many ways so far, so on Wednesday, a beautiful warm day we collected a shelving unit we used in a previous Greening project and installed it in the greenhouse to lift our trays of seedlings and growing plants off ground level. It looks rather lovely and more importantly does the job. We then made cups of tea and just sat on our plot in the sunshine plotting to demolish the shed...... very lovely.
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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