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.
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.
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.