As with yesterday morning, I woke at around 7am only to find it lashing down with rain, but as is the case with gardening, we soldier on. Not a great turn out on the Red Lane site today, but certainly enough to engage in the time honoured tradition of Gardening and food growing, all in all there throughout the course of the session 4 people attended at different times to work on their raised beds. Today’s site problem and discussion was centred around plant food, after a short walk around the site we found a huge clump of comfrey growing which we cut half of and left the other half to continue growing. The comfrey was then placed in a large trug, covered in water and left inside one of the empty composting section where it will remain dry whilst breaking down in the water to be used as plant food. So this problem is solved easily with a continual supply of comfrey from the comfrey patch and the utilization of nettles on the site which also make a great plant food when broken down in liquid, problem solved!
Accessing water on the site can be difficult during the summer months due to lack of a mains tap on the site, but the one water butt on the site is collecting adequate enough water at the moment to enable folk to continue gardening, one idea that we discussed was having another two water butts on the site (or other recycled containers) with a gutter running above them fixed to the side of the composter wall, the gutter would provide many times more water than simply relying on rain drops, and this is something that we will look at sorting out in the next month or so, so that the growers dont go short of water during warmer dryer times.
Everything is growing like mad!
Despite the slow and not too warm spring that we have experienced in Bolton this year, peoples raised beds on the site are growing like mad, this is in part due to the fact that their beds are raid around two feet above ground level which provides a little more warmth for the in comparison to if they had been planted at ground level. So despite a somewhat damp and rainy start to the day, hats off to the gardeners who turned up and stuck it out, it was certainly worth the effort.