THAT’S tulip bulbs, and also the little lightbulbs above the Glazebrook Growers’ heads as they reflect on the 2017 growing season and look ahead to the spring. Read on for the Growers’ midwinter thoughts and wishes, shared over Christmas. Then enjoy pics of the rainiest Garden event ever, our bulb planting session. That, weirdly, we enjoyed.
An abundant midwinter, and Growers’ thoughts…
I really enjoyed the day in April we all spent working together in the Pleasure Garden, we accomplished a lot that day and it was a good feeling.
I enjoyed having a rivalry with Jeanine over the height of her black kale.
I’m just amazed that we are going to have beds full of healthy (ish) plants on Christmas Day – definitely a lesson learned for me..!
As for wishes, I would like to improve on my growing skills, (this year my tomatoes didn’t show themselves). It was nice to have the great additional beds and to bring in more folks with all the busy energy that entailed from those involved.
A thought… ‘Feeding the soil’ was the lightbulb moment for me and I loved Paul’s workshop teaching us about all the different ways of doing this… the beautiful circle of using our homemade compost to create compost tea and add further nourishment with what would have been prior to this garden just more waste going to the landfill. Since learning about compost tea, worm tea, comfrey tea and seaweed my vegetables have grown like the weeds I love so much (as a herbalist)… and the bounty of food even moving into the winter darkness has shown me just what magic can happen when we work with the seasons and prioritise feeding the soil.
Bulb planting & close of season celebration
LAST NOVEMBER we welcomed familiar and new faces from Croxted Road Estate, as well as guests of honour from One Tree Hill Allotments and Rosendale Estate (thank you Martin, and Elaine and family) for a day tending the Pleasure Garden. 110 tulip bulbs were planted – their fiery colours will complement our Hotbed flowers – and leaves raked and stashed away to make leaf mould. Then fire, mulled wine and marshmallows provided an antidote to the damp, damp weather…