Winter 2020 at Shipley Woodside Community Garden
The polytunnel has proven to be a real asset this winter at the Garden. Volunteers have made raised beds, potting benches and staging ready for the growing season as well as providing shelter for donated furniture and soggy gardeners!
The bee project is buzzing into action with willow screen planting and a shed base being prepared to receive the storage shed.
Volunteers have been busy creating more raised beds. Thanks to funding from the People’s Postcode Trust we now have 3 more wheelchair height raised beds.
The tractor tyres proved such a growing success last year, we have turned two more into growing beds.
We used the Hugelkultur method for the beds last year and we couldn’t have been more chuffed with the way they turned out. Everything grew really well, with very little watering required. We have used the same method for the new beds, using up the piles of branches and logs, cardboard, newspaper and organic material we have been collecting.
This time, we remembered to take pictures of the process and have put together a specific page with information about Hugelkultur and guide you can download here.
Making sure the levels are right! Ready to be made into Hugelkultur beds Filled with larger logs first, then smaller branches, cardboard and newspaper Pulled plants, food from compost bin and straw added Upturned grass sods and smaller branches. Topped with straw and ready for a small layer of soil and compost.
Ideas for the children’s natural play area are coming together with the build of the mud kitchen started. Logs have been put in place in the Food Forest as seating for what will be a firepit.
Thanks to Kev Whitehead, neighbour to the Garden, we now have an amazing owl box. Not only did Kev design and build this beautiful box, he spent the best part of the afternoon hanging from the pole fitting it! Kev was helped by a amazing team of volunteers in the late February sunshine. Now we just have to wait and see what we get in the box!
March is a very exciting month as the wildlife pond will be created. We have taken delivery of the butyl liner and underlay. Rockery stone has been collected ready for use and native pond plants have been researched ready for purchase. The pond will be a fantastic addition to the garden and will have different levels and plants to make it as wildlife friendly as possible.
After much discussion and negotiations Shed Quarters PHASE 1 has been purchased and March will see the arrival of our most ambitious project yet. Following the hard work of successful grants, donations and fund raising, our Shed Quarters is a summerhouse 30 x 14 ft, complete with double glazed opening windows, pitched roof with plans to insulate and clad the inside including a log burning stove.
Finally, volunteers are hard at work organising and planning for our first Greenman Festival following COVID-19 restrictions being eased. We will share more details very soon.