What wonderful weather! It's official - winter has gone, gone, gone. Gardeners had to put on sunblock whilst working today and the fleeces and thermals are banished in favour of t-shirts and sunglasses. Yay!
The garden is looking so beautiful at the moment - the ornamental front section is awash with colour, the trees in the orchard are in full blossom and in the kitchen garden all the veggies are taking on a growth spurt, the polytunnel is in overdrive coping with all the seedlings and the herb garden is verdant and lush.
We have made great progress with the raised beds at the top left hand corner of the kitchen garden but we really need to divert some serious time to get this finished and to this end, we've decided to gather as many people together as possible next Wednesday 23rd April to literally dig in to get this project completed. So if you're off next week and available to give us a hand it would be much appreciated. The garden will be open from 10am. This really is a case of many hands make light work - so if we can get a good gang of people together I think we can really make some progress here. Even if you can only come for an hour - any assistance would be appreciated.
And of course, as always there will be plenty of tea and biscuits to keep everyone going!
Today was an historic day in the garden as finally we have the pipework laid (thanks Philip) to bring irrigation to the polytunnel. I never thought I could get so excited about A TAP. But it's a really, really clever and beautiful tap and I think we're going to have a long and happy relationship together. Sigh..... Bye bye wheelbarrow and long sloppy walks from the water tank to the polytunnel - it was great while it lasted but I'm just so over you now.
A special shout out has to go to Chicken Man Charlie who masterminded this extra special, ridiculously good value irrigation system and who sourced all the parts and helped install it. Next week we're going to have another tap working for the kitchen garden as well (I can't bear the anticipation!!).
Our apiary is doing extremely well this year - all our bees are delighted with their new home and we are introducing our very own SCG hive this month. Hives that are currently there belong to individual beekeepers/North Fingal Beekeepers - so it's great to have a hive of our own now. The honey produced from these bees is absolutely amazing - very complex and subtle which is down to the great location and wide variety of nectar available in the area. Thanks to John, Niall and Sandra for all the passion, time and drive committed to ensuring the success of the apiary in the garden.
As always, the garden is doing well but we need as many supporters and gardeners down to see us as possible. There is no excuse now that the weather is so good, so please come and see us soon and make sure your beautiful garden continues to thrive.
Happy Easter from the SCG committee!