Breightmet community food Hub 16th June

I arrived in Breightmet shortly after eight this morning and unloaded lots of plants and gardening equipment before walking up New Lane to the UCAN centre for a drink of water due to the hot dry air of the morning making me thirsty. After gulping down well over a pint of cold water I walked back down to the Community Hub to start my work for the day.

A selection of perennial plants for the raised beds.

A selection of perennial plants for the raised beds.

I had a quick inspection of the site and noticed that kids had been in, only this time they hadn’t wrecked any of the raised beds, the had simply stuck a shovel through some netting on one of the beds, surreal! As the heat ramped up I slowly plodded along filling raised beds with soil and adding plants and seeds as I went along.

Perennial Power!

One of the raised beds I have decided to call ‘try a new taste’ the idea behind this bed is to grow a variety of edible perennial plants, including Welsh onions, bronze fennel,Globe Artichokes, and Lincolnshire spinach. If we get our growers into eating and using perennial plants this is a positive move towards developing a resilient local food supply with little in the way of maintenance and care where these plants are concerned and a crop year after year, not to mention the extra plants that growers will get as a result of self seeding.  For the remainder of the day I walked up and down New Street carrying bottles of water to take back down to the Hub site, and continued filling and planting in the raised beds.

raised beds filled and planted with a variety of of vegetables and legumes.

raised beds filled and planted with a variety of of vegetables and legumes.

 

sparse looking at the moment but one these perennials start to grow the bed will soon be brimming with life.

sparse looking at the moment but one these perennials start to grow the bed will soon be brimming with life.

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