Friday 19 Feb
I set off for Plot 33 today determined to finish digging over the flower boarder after weeks of not been able to work on this task due recent cold snap. I’m happy to say I got there and the whole bed has had some form of cultivation applied.
the finished flower bed 19/2/21
After about 7 big pots of couch, willow herb, buttercup, dandelion, dock and countless other weeds have been removed I am under no illusion that I’ve got it all out but I have made a big dent in it and it feels like a task completed. Next for this bed will be to sow some wildflower and pollinator seed mix to hopefully create a riot of colour to welcome people to the plot.
the first weed dug 15/1/21 6 weeks later
While I was digging away under the apple Anne continued to clear the pathways around the last bed including emptying the barrel of soil we seem to have. We decided that we should use this soil (sifted 3 times for weed roots) to cover the cardboard we had put down as part of the no-dig experiment and the result is looking good.
After our break time brew we decided to treat ourselves, since getting the plot all the work has had a destructive or taking away feel to it. This time it constructive as we filled up 3 big pots reclaimed from outside the greenhouse to set our first seeds of the year. Radish, carrots and spring onions set and watered in using the only watering can with a rose (the tiny child size on which we found out leaks) then covered over with what looks like a cold frame door for extra warmth
Anne watering in seeds with a baby watering can
Fingers crossed in April we will be eating our first salad grown on site
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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