Just dropping you a quick note to let you know about recent activities in the garden.
We've had a lovely summer so far although there's not been as much sunshine as we'd like and a lot of things are a bit late this year after the cold spring. However all is looking blooming at the moment.
August and September are always the best months in the garden - in terms of the huge range of fruit and vegetables coming into season. We had a very successful strawberry crop this year and garden member Adrienne was kept very busy making her delicious jam out of all the berries. This is for sale in the garden at 3 euro a jar and it's absolutely gorgeous.
We now have 7 hives in our apiary but unfortunately it's been a difficult year for bees and our hives have been struggling along with so many others at the moment. Therefore our honey still isn't ready although we are hoping we will be able to collect some over the next few weeks and I'll let you all know when it's ready - there is always a high demand for it. It will be selling for 5 euro a jar and if you haven't sampled it yet, I can guarantee that you will be in for a treat - it's complex, sweet and delicious.
Talking of bees, we're expecting a visit from Electric Ireland who have their HQ in Northwood this week. They have been very generous sponsors of our hives, donating 750 euro to the expansion of the apiary and the installation of two new hives so we will be showing them how their money has been spent and giving them a guided tour of the garden. They will be here this Wednesday 29th from 1.30pm and I'd like to invite all our members who are around at that time to come and see us. We will be providing scones and sampling some of Adrienne's jam if you need any further temptation.
The front section is looking beautiful at this time of year (thanks to Kay, Johnny, Margaret and Pat who head up the hard working team in that area) and a special shout out to Paschal and Karl who are keeping the paths looking so well. Our pond has some beautiful water lillies and even more excitingly - newts! Great to see wildlife thriving within our walls.
The orchard trees are also looking wonderful and full of fruit, all down to Brian and David's expert pruning.
And of course our kitchen garden comes into its own at this time of year. Our potatoes have been really well looked after this year by Jim and the Wednesday team. We have planted a large selection of different varieties this year which have escaped blight and hopefully will be digging up some fantastic spuds over the coming weeks. That's alongside all the salads, courgettes, beans, onions, garlic etc. that are coming into harvest and all of which have been very well watered this weekend. Lots of rain today will mean a dazzlingly green and verdant garden next week!
Think that's all for now folks but thanks for your ongoing support and look forward to seeing you in the garden soon.
Donna and the SCG Committee