What a relief the last couple of weeks have been – so much lovely rain to give our plants a much needed drink. With all the warm temperatures this means everything has gone into overdrive since our last post.
Super early tatties are now gone from the polytunnel – and there were so yummy! If you missed out on this tattie round, don’t worry there is still plenty to come from the outdoors beds. Inspired by the photos of super tasty dishes some of you shared with us we have launched a tasty food photo competition. The first round of submissions is now closed and you can vote for your favourites on our Facebook here.
The polytunnel tattie beds have been topped up with a well rotten manure (another lovely gift – thank you!) and planted with French beans, corn, courgettes and tomatoes. We also installed a seeping hose to take care of most of the polytunnel watering – which will no doubt please our watering team no end;) For the last bed Peter is planning sweet potato, cucumbers and more tomatoes…We will even try some melons too. And the cucumelons, of course.
There are lots of tomato plants still left over so pop in to pick some up over the next week for a donation – we have several varieties.
The flower hanging baskets are also all planted up and they should be ready for sale by the time we’re at the Craft Fayre at the Auld Kirk on 17-18th of June.
Outside we have lots of things germinating, broadbean pods ripening, lots of strawberry fruit setting, fruiting hedge fruiting, perennial sensory border progressing and cabbages going wild! We also planted lots of leeks – if you’d like to learn how to do this, have a watch of Peter and Kath’s May vlog here. We are also thinking ahead about Christmas as the Brussels sprouts have gone in.
Other brassicas, planted out about a month ago are also doing very well. We have erected a couple of scaffolds to hold up enviromesh over them for protection from cabbage white’s caterpillars. The donated mini polytunnel is also up and ready for the sweet corn and courgettes.
Bill’s steps are all done too which will make for a better access from the path into the outdoor classroom area – thanks, Bill:)
On top of all that, we also spent time doing some real garden science – we looked at our garden soil with Grow Observatory and Tayport Primary pupils have been getting close and personal with pollinators via Polli:Nation project.
We are looking forward to an even busier June – come by and say hello!