A sweet lady from Bangladesh came to the garden with three small children today and asked for somewhere to sow seeds. She produced a plate of food she’s made for us. It was such a kind gesture and really delicious, particularly the squash curry which Peter and I devoured. We usually tell everyone that our policy is for all the growing containers to be shared communally and not for individual use in the way an allotment would be, but that seemed ridiculous somehow when faced with her generosity.
She’d brought coriander seed prepared for sowing by soaking, some black mustard seed and a few potatoes and Peter sorted her out with a growing container then labelled it with her name. The kids wanted to plant as well and we filled plant troughs with compost and their mum showed them how to sow and water. They’ll be back.
Rose, who lives nearby donated some cauliflower plants a few weeks back and although whole the idea here is to grow vegetables, we were all amazed and delighted to find an actual cauliflower nestling within the leaves. Every one who comes into the garden has been taken to see the miracle of the ‘actual cauliflower’ and today we picked it and Zelly took a picture of me holding it …and then took home for her dinner.
(Opinion is that it had arrived early was going to seed).
Tomorrow we have our first community group coming to use the garden and our MP paying us a visit in the afternoon.
The garden is such a suntrap because it faces due south and as yet lacks the softening
effect of trees or other greenery. It feels like the South of France at times but then the heavens open and we’re back in England. We’ve put this together in such a short period of time and are now playing catch-up with rotas, set opening times and a steering group. All these things will come to pass.
In the meantime, I’ve photographed the containers today and could practically see things growing taller in front of my eyes. The rain and sunshine have worked their magic and the dreaded slugs haven’t found us yet.
We have planted circles of The Three Sisters in 6 containers. Its an old Native American system where corn grows tall with a bean planted beside it to climb up and also add nitrogen to the soil. A pumpkin is planted in the centre of the circle where its broad leaves cover the ground keeping the moisture in and the weeds away.
Everyday new people come to visit and we’re starting to make a note of their wonderful comments. Many require an exclamation mark….and some may need a few asterisks.
Feedback is good.