Update from the Community Gardens April 2019

By Ed Bowring | April 17 2019

Update from the Community Gardens April 2019

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    Update from the Community Gardens

    April 2019
    Our volunteers gardening in the sunshine.

    Update     

    With all the recent rain the gardens are looking lush and growing well. The tulips are out, fruit blossom opening and we’ve been sowing away in the green house for both the gardens at the Bishop’s Palace vegetable plot and the community garden at Oaklands Park.

    The early potatoes are in and we’ve had a great team effort building and digging out the foundations for the first of our new raised beds ready for it soon to be filled. The tomato plants are nearly ready to go into the poly tunnel once the risk of frosts are over and the kale already needing to be pricked out and potted on.

     

    Tuesday afternoons at Oaklands Park Community Garden have now restarted for the year and Wednesday and Saturday morning sessions in the Bishop’s Palace Vegetable Garden continue throughout the year, so do come along as we’d love to see you.

    Regular Gardening Sessions

    Wednesday sessions in the Bishop’s Palace Vegetable Garden
    10.00 – 12.00

    Low impact sessions led by Ed, for those who like to work at an easy pace.

    Tuesday afternoons at Oaklands Park Community Garden (started again)
    16.00 – 18.00

    Vegetable and fruit gardening led by a member of the gardening team. All welcome.

    Saturday mornings in the Bishop’s Palace Vegetable Garden
    10.00 – 12.00

    General gardening led by a member of the gardening team. All welcome.

    All sessions are free, and we provide tea, coffee and snacks.

    Other Events and News:

    Whyke Community Orchard

    Saturday May 4th 2-3pm ‘Sitting on the bench and Apple Blossom Afternoon’, with the Bumble Bee Trust walk and talk. Grand sitting of our new garden bench from the previous Mayor of Chichester Ann Scicluna.

    Next working part dates:

    Saturday April 27th 9-11am.

    Hope to see you there! – for more info see http://www.growchichester.org/growing-spaces/wick/

    Transition Chichester Buckthorn for Brimstones Project

    Would you like to help the brimstone butterfly by planting one or more alder buckthorn bushes in your garden?
    Brimstones are beautiful butterflies. The yellow males can be spotted from February onwards, the females appearing a little later. The caterpillars of the brimstone butterfly are entirely dependent on two species of food plant: the alder buckthorn Frangula alnus or Rhamnus frangula and the common or purging buckthorn Rhamnus cathartica. Transition Chichester are hoping to increase the population of brimstones in the Chichester area, and have bought 100 alder buckthorn plants (probably more suitable than common buckthorn for planting in the soils in the Chichester area) which they are offering for sale at the cost price of £1 each. As well as supporting brimstone caterpillars, alder buckthorn bushes have small flowers that are very attractive to bumblebees, and red berries ripening to black which are eaten by thrushes in the winter. The bushes can be allowed to reach a height of maybe 5 metres, or they can be trimmed back so they remain only a metre or so tall; brimstones don’t mind!
    We hope that some  TC supporters may consider planting one or more alder buckthorns in their gardens. If you are interested, you may like to read the attached information sheet. If you would like some alder buckthorn plants please email TCBuckthornforBrimstones@gmail.com. Plants can be picked up from Central Chichester at a time to suit you.

    For further information contact secretary@transitionchichester.org

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Ed Bowring