Spend the day under the blossom trees in our heritage orchards for our version of Japanese Hanami tradition of enjoying the beauty of the flowers this Spring.
A good day for planting potatoes… Lots of ‘growing kits’ given away.
Make sure you share your results with us #castlebromichhallgardens #wegrowtogether. I wonder who will be able to harvest the most from our one potato.
We were giving away ‘rocket’ seed potatoes, so they shold be ready in a couple of months.
Thanks to all the lovely young peple who helped plant up one of our 4 potato beds. We have now added “swift” and “foremost” to our ‘earlies’ beds. All the Highland Burgundy Red, shetland Blacks and Salad Blues are now in and we’ll be putting the very special Congo and Yamm varieties in next week.
Can’t wait till they harvest? Well come back for our community cob and pizza oven making days on 18th and 19th April
They say what goes around comes around, well its certainly true for two local charities.
With 10 acres of ground and over 600 species of plants, it takes a lot of compost to keep our soil healthy and productive. So we are really pleased to be working in partnership with the Donkey Sanctuary in nearby Sutton Coldfield.
Naturally, the donkeys produce a lot of poo… on a daily basis. With limited space on site the Sanctuary needs places where they can ‘recycle’ the recycled donkey food. As well as some very lucky allotment holders, Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens are thrilled to be able make good use of lots of donkey ‘soil improver’.
Normally we add the fresh, straw laden donkey-doo to our compost heap to rot down into nutrient rich earth to use on the vegetable beds or in potting compost. At this time of year it can go directly onto some of our Wilderness beds to act as a ‘mulch’; keeping in the warmth, suppressing any weeds that feel like poking their heads above the ground and, eventually, improving the structure of the soil.
Today, volunteers Jack, Roy and John kept themselves warm raking and spreading the new delivery from the Donkey Sanctuary. Thanks folks …. and donkeys #wegrowtogether
Find out how to visit our donkey friends here The Donkey Sanctuary opening times
It’s been an exceptionally good year for our pumpkin and squash crop.
Some went to enliven Halloween, some have been sold to our visitors.
Traditionally – with the help of volunteers – we then turn them into delicious soup to sell to our customers in the colder months.
This year we’re going a little further. Our volunteers have had a group chopping and cooking session. The surplus soup and spare squashes will now be shared with some other charities.
We love growing these triffid-like plants in our South Kitchen Garden and chuffed that all the effort will not go to waste but will go to provide some warmth and sustenance to others who need a little extra.