I just thought I'd drop you a quick note to update you on events in the Garden. Yes, it's January, yes, it's cold and wet and windy and yes, the new growing season hasn't really started yet. But we don't hibernate and there's still plenty going on.
Firstly just to confirm, for some of our newer members, we are open as usual even in these more inclement months - Weds and Fri 2-4pm and Sat and Sun 11-1pm.
Being a Winter gardener is not for the faint hearted or those who don't own thermal socks. However the payoff for such hardy souls is rich indeed. Not only do you get the smug satisfaction of feeling tough and weather-beaten and fantastic you also get that lovely tingly feeling that only comes from working hard outdoors on a damp cold day but going home to a nice bowl of soup afterwards. The garden is quiet at this time of year so the birds reclaim their territory, never getting too close but nevertheless happy to go about their business in tandem with us, and there's a quiet, stark beauty to the garden in the winter sunlight. We're also harvesting winter salads from the polytunnel, we always have herbs on the go and there's lots of kale and spinach available as well.
I'm happy to report that there is lots of exciting work underway in all three sections of the garden as well, and along with the usual seasonal work (tree and soft fruits care, the never ending weeding and clearing, soil preparation etc) progress is being made on planting plans for the flower garden, we will be organising a grafting day for apple and pear trees for the orchard next month and plans are being developed for the wildlife area in the veg garden.
And most exciting of all our new shed arrived today. I haven't seen pictures yet but I believe it's the most beautiful shed in the whole wide world.
We are starting 2015 with a brilliant core group of members who really do keep the garden alive - thanks to them l for their dedication and hard work. And to all of our fantastic members, thanks for your support and make your new years resolution to come and see us more often.
All the best,
Donna and the SCG Committee