The sunny weather is again helping the fair weather gardeners amongst us to get out and pot on…
It you’re planning a proper weekend out – in the back garden/ allotment/ windowsill – here are some very useful links.
‘heir and a spare’
Don’t forget, if you do have any ‘spares’ or ‘extras’ in your propagation pots, do keep a few aside for us, please. If you can.
When we reopen, we’d be very grateful for any donations of plants for us to sell to the public – a way we can raise some funds to fill the hole that has appeared this year. Many thanks (Ps we cannot take strawberry plants. Please keep your plants at home until we open – we cannot look after them at present. Many thanks
RHS and Garden Organic
The RHS is going all out to create the event of the season online this year. This week saw the launch of My Chelsea Garden, in conjunction with the BBC’s The One Show. It’s a national competition asking people to enter pictures of their garden in one of the following four categories: Back Garden, Front Garden, Indoor Garden (Houseplants, window sills, balconies, etc), and Kids’ Corner Garden.
The competition runs until 18 May so do feel free to send in your pics using #mychelseagarden
The RHS are also supporting local nurseries by promoting the Plants Near Me website – if you are looking for plants and gardens product, enter your postcode and see who is still selling- and often delivering.
Working with the earth
As always the national charity for organic growing, Garden Organic has an absolute wealth of advice and helpful information – you can access a lot of their information without being a member…
Here is the link to some great and timely podcasts https://audioboom.com/channels/4987940
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.