Sunday, 6 March 2011

Fruits and more

Hello all, just wanted to give a little update on what's going on at the May Project Gardens site. Spring is finally here. It may not feel like it to us but the plants flowers can tell and most of them have started springing back to life. We have been holding open work days at the site but they have been very poorly attended, hopefully when the weather warms up we will have a lot more people interested in the work we are doing here. A bit of good news, we have been accepted to participate in the open garden squares weekend being held in June we are very excited about that. So now we have stepped up a gear to try and have the garden ready for any visitors that might grace us with their presence. We are also in the process of designing a logo for the project (top right) let us know what you think. It is to represent unity, strength, and love for nature.  
On site we had our fruit trees and bushes arrived a few days ago and will be planting them very soon. We have got black currents, red currents and white currents for fruit bushes and we also managed to get a native green alder which is a nitrogen fixer, that simply means that it adds nitrogen to the soil as it grows.
Fruit Bushes and Green Alder

We also got some standard sized fruit trees, apple, pear, cherry, and plums. We can't wait to plant them. It will be so nice to have some larger trees in the garden later on down the line. When we received the plants both bushes and trees we were advised to leave them sitting in a large bucket of water for a few days before planting this I think is to help the roots get a feel for growing again after the stress of being ripped out of the ground.
Fruit Trees soaking in water 

One other thing we did this week was to plant out some garlic and the first set of broad beans, we also planted some potatoes. When we conducted our site survey we observed that very string winds were coming into the site from the south-west. The forest garden site would be left exposed to these sometimes very strong winds and we did not want out trees to suffer being blown over or rocked out of place so we got in some reed panels and made a temporary wind break.
  Wind Break protecting the forest garden site

Well that's all the news I have for you at the moment. This week we should be planting all the fruits so I will post the process on carrying out that activity. Thanks to all those who have commented and shown interest in the blog and project as a whole and please continue to spread the word, and do come down for a visit if and when you are capable.

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