Update from the Community Gardens November 2019

By Ed Bowring | November 20 2019

Update from the Community Gardens November 2019

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    Transition Chichester

    Update from the Community Gardens November 2019

                                          Lettuce still growing in the greenhouse


    With our first frost, albeit a mild one, winter has arrived and the garden is slowing down. But with this comes some lovely crisp and sunny days and lots of tea and cake! The autumnal colours still shine through and the cotoneaster and fuchsias are looking particularly vibrant still.

    Even with the lower temperatures the autumn sown lettuce is doing well under cover and the salvia ‘hot lips’ is still flowering. The cabbages are ready to harvest and the squashes so big that we have to divide them into more manageable chunks for our volunteers to take home and eat!

    Tuesday afternoons at Oaklands Park Community Garden have now stopped for the year but 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.

    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 News:

    Transition Chichester Buckthorn for Brimstones Project – Phase 2
    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 by selling bare-root alder buckthorn bushes to members of the public at more or less cost price; alder buckthorn are probably more suitable than common buckthorn for planting in the soils in the Chichester area.
     Phase 1 of their project, which you may have read about earlier this year, was very successful with over 300 bushes planted in the area. However, there are some people who missed out on the first phase, so we are going to order another batch of bushes which should arrive in mid to late November. If you are interested in planting one or more, please email TCBuckthornforBrimstones@gmail.com by 10 November if possible, so we know how many to order. They will be sold for a maximum of £1.50 each – maybe less. 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 do email us for an information sheet. 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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