We have 5 rotation beds this year - Brassicas (that's just a posh word for cabbage plants), Roots, Hi & Lo, Cereals and Potatoes.
Our spud bed is now fully planted with Kerrs Pinks and Homeguards - so we've had to find room in some of the other beds for our other more unusual heritage varieties (including one that we can't identify but that we have christened the Domville Red). We have some onions down, glorious thickets of broad beans and the perennial beds are teeming with Rhubarb, Asparagus and Strawberries. Our side wall beds have loads of garlic (just delicious last year - sticky, sweet and nothing like the anaemic little things you get in the supermarket), the last of the purple sprouting broccoli and we've started planting out some salads.
Our Herb Garden is being carefully tended by Dermot and the wild garlic is flowering nicely. He's kept our rosemary and parsley healthy all year and the herb beds are now flanked by 2 beautiful fig trees.
The polytunnel is a hive of activity with a huge variety of herbs and veggies being painstakingly planted, and the raised beds are full of strawberries, spinach (perfect for picking now) and onions.
The Orchard is looking particularly lovely at this time of year as our 'teenage' trees are bedding down comfortably in their new home and there are some gorgeous displays of blossom. The almond looked especially beautiful in the sunshine of the last few weeks.
So we are all on track with our planting and the garden is a busy and buzzy place on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with all our members working away, stopping only for a well earned cuppa and a Jaffa Cake half way through each gardening session.
We will be registering the garden for Heritage Week this year (at the end of August) and we are confident that our garden will look even better than last year and a real credit to us all. Thanks to you all for your continued help and support, and hope to see you soon.