Towards the end of March we started work on weeding and putting neat edges to the apple tree beds. We did this with everyone taking part, removing weeds, hoeing the soil and then cutting the grass around the edges to make it al, look neat and tidy, support was given from staff and volunteers, and by the end of March the bests on one side of the garden were all looking great. As we head into April, we will be working on the beds on the other side of the garden.
Another great project that we have started recently has been revamping the raised beds at the Forge Cafe, the old plants have been removed, the area around the planters weeded, new compost added and the beds cleaned in preparation for being repainted and replanted later this month. Look out for what we add to the beds, and if you pop up to the garden you will even be able to buy some of the plants that you see in the planters!
Our other great project for this year is the allotment plot beds in the vegetable garden to the rear of the garden. The big beds have been weeded and dug, and paths mulched to make them easy to access, April will see seeds being sown in the glasshouse, and then when the weather is warm enough, the beds will be planted, keep an eye on our social media accounts for progress on what we grow.
We have also been busy with mulching the double border and planting few new plants where there were gaps, at the moment all the Nepeta isn’t looking too happy after the snow and cold, but hopefully it will come back as the weather warms, or if not, its an opportunity for us to try growing something different in its place.
At the moment the garden is still closed to the public, but we are hoping that as restrictions lift we will be able to have some limited opening times in the summer for public visits to see the results of our hard work. Meantime we are about to set up our spring and summer plant sales stands, see our social media again for where these will be popping up.