Update from the Community Gardens May 2019

By Ed Bowring | May 15 2019

Update from the Community Gardens May 2019

Blog Category: Campaign updateBlog Tags: Gardening & Food Growing

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    Transition Chichester

    Update from the Community Gardens
    May 2019

                                               Tulips under the espalier pears.

    Update     

    May is such a busy month in the garden, but a joyful one! The greenhouse is full of seedlings and the rest of the garden bursting into life.The alliums and globe artichokes are out and adding some lovely height and structure into the borders and the broad beans are setting some lovely looking pods!

    Our volunteers have been working so hard, the main potatoes are now in along with our tomatoes in the poly tunnel and they’ve been sowing, pricking out and potting on ready for planting out now our hopefully last frost has gone for the year. It’s the first time we’ve tried to grow mangetout so we’ll let you know how we get on!

    Tuesday afternoons at Oaklands Park Community Garden have now restarted for the season 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

    Next working part dates:

    Saturday May 22nd and 19th June 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