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May 2018 - An enthusiastic start

The Community Garden sprang back into action in April this year. This was a little later than usual but the ‘Beasts from the East’ had at least finally departed by then. Pots of daffodils, planted last year as Mother’s Day gifts, were in full bloom at the first meeting and were promptly, but belatedly, sent home with their creators.

The club has been invigorated by some new young members, who are keen to grow as much as possible, and with this new injection of enthusiasm we’ve quickly caught up any lost time. Most of the beds are now weeded and planted. The small plots are sub-divided into squares and planted with a variety of vegetables, which are germinating and growing quickly in the ‘bursts’ of warm weather. Finger’s crossed, we seem to have avoided the hard late frost, that disfigured much new Spring growth last year. The fruit trees are grateful for this and arose from their cold, winter’s rest to produce much blossom, now transforming into a promising crop of apples, pears, cherries and plums.

Next on the list is a poly-tunnel spring clean, in preparation for the transplanting of warmth-loving vegetables. The scarecrow also needs a repair to its right hand, and a plan is being formulated to construct a family of scare-crow helpers!

Thanks, as always, to Gilbert’s Nursery and Tearooms for their continued support and supplying us with drinks and cake to keep us going.

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