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    Fresh from our Orchard Planting Day last Saturday, we’ve been inspecting the trees for any signs of damage or uprooting from Storm Ciara. All are fine but we now have our fingers crossed for Storm Dennis. Our greenhouse is likely to take another hit. Poly-carbonate panels aren’t great in the wind!
    Our beehives look safe enough with bricks on the lids to make doubly sure. With temperatures north of 10 degrees, a few of our honeys were out and about today, collecting water off grass blades and dunking in our bog gardens. Still no frog spawn in the pond. We have our fingers crossed though.
    Signs of an early spring are in abundance. Bulbs are bursting through the soil with leaves, our brand new Apricot burst into blossom this afternoon and we found a beautiful hellebore in full bloom. The emergence of many plants are often a surprise here, most having been donated or rescued from building sites. We never know quite what we’re going to get!
    The wonderful folk from ElthamEnviros popped in for a visit and a chat about wildlife gardening and all things environmental in Greenwich. Always great to connect with other active Eco-communities.

    Our new street trees are looking great, (ornamental pear Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’) just bursting into blossom. The wildflower turf under-planting is starting to take off too with the lovely pink knapweed in flower. Can’t wait to see this turf in full bloom. Blackwall Lane will look amazing!

    We’ve set out potatoes for chitting (First Earlies; ‘Rocket’ and ‘Colleen’ and Main Crop ‘Cara’) and continue to harvest the ever-faithful chard. Good thing everyone loves it. There’s a ton!

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Christchurch School Community Garden