“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.”
The last couple of weeks down at our Community Roots project in Great Lever have been a mixed bag of cropping vegetables and carrying out work to ensure greater fertility on the site for next year. As touched on previously we are using Hugelkultur beds in a bid to create years of fertility, but we have also been lucky to hook up with one of friends ‘Landrover Dave’ who has been providing us with well rotted down horse manure from stables run by one of his friends who has a pile so to speak of around 50 tons. We were also given a long curved glass shower door by Dave and Ann-Marie Giles which we will turn into a cold frame over the winter months. The best part of the mornings on site have been taken up with cropping yet more Courgettes and beetroot, giving some gardening advice and providing Karen our oldest grower with overwintering vegetable plants. The new raised beds that we have built are now in the process of being filled up with the plants and green waste from the summers vegetable crops, horse manure and twigs and branches, they will then be covered with a layer of soil and left to settle over the winter for use in the spring. As the years draws to an end and the tired of the year kicks in, we can look back on a fruitful growing year where have provided a local charity with vegetables who feed people who’s benefits have been sanctioned, we have also fed around 16 people who have either come to the site regularly, or whenever they can. So we can at least go into the dark of winter with a smile on our faces and with all of the new raised hugel beds we can keep that smile going until the spring, knowing that we are able to double our capacity for growing food next year. And with the changing of the seasons in nature and the end of this year coming in, we would like to thank all of the following people for making this project happen and others we have worked with on our other projects: Graham the Landlord of Southfields Pub, Chris Wood and Rick Haworth, Shauna Morton, Lisa Forrest, Tony Cottam from Bolton at Home, Forever Manchester, Bolton Steps mental health charity, Rick and Lesley from Gardening on your door step, Land Rover Dave, Ed Pink of Ed Pink TV, Gulnaz and her online media team.