Friday 29th January 2021
Thankfully the weather warmed up a bit today reaching a balmy high of 9 degrees meaning we could crack on with the job of cleaning the greenhouse. The we and I are quite royal as I watched Anne set too with a bucket of warm soapy water from the safe distance of the flower bed by the gate venturing close enough to take a picture before retreating back to the drier task of finishing pruning the apple tree and weeding, citing social distancing as the reason not that I didn’t want cold mucky water running down my sleeve as always seems to happen to my when I clean a greenhouse.
While Anne worked away I dug over another square metre of the flower bed removing a big bucket of grass and dandelion roots with the odd buttercup geum and wild strawberries thrown in too and rescuing a mullaine hopefully it will have a tall yellow flower spike this year. Feels good to be putting a plant in rather than just digging them up. I’m amazed at how lovely the soil is to work and how many worms there are.
Turning one fork over revealed these 6 beauties
Earlier in the week I found (in the utility room of all places) my pruning saw meaning I could finish the apple tree taking off a damaged branch allowing me to reach the rest of the 3 D’s (dead, diseased and dying) and any crossing branches.
Pruning tool, pruning saw, loppers, secateurs, shears
Dead and dying wood
Crossed branches can rub and cause a wound
Wounded branch where disease has entered
As we left Plot 33 (late as usual. I’m sure time runs differently up here, it only feels like half an hour not 2) the sky started to drizzel I think the gardening gods are smiling on us.
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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