So many things happening on the acre in the past week it seems as if we’re competing with the spring flowers to come to bloom!
Next day saw the Wednesday crew role up their sleeves and really get stuck into the garden. Don was soon busy weeding one of our beds and planting some of the flowers that Nick had kindly donated from his garden and now we only have one bed in urgent need of weeding.
The acre is beginning to look quite glorious. Marianne and Sarah went plant shopping and the " Madge Green Bee Bed " is really taking shape.
A noticeable feature has moved location as our greenhouse now sits proudly on its new base.
Welcoming Wednesday had a great turnout of volunteers together with some visitors to the acre. The first visitors we welcomed were from Hart District Council whom we had met at the NHS Innovation Conferences that we have attended.
Despite the recent wild stormy weather our new shed is very nearly complete…all the electrics are in, it's fully insulated and solid as a rock!
Work has finally started on our much longed for gardening cabin! For months we’ve had the square of rubble, promising to be the foundations and finally it’s going up, another milestone for space2grow!
On our regular gathering on Wednesday it was like Picadilly Circus with guests and visitors, volunteers and the acre pack all making the most of the wonderful weather.
Nothing heralds the change of season as well as the bright yellow daffodils with their ' trumpets' proudly announcing that spring is coming. With such lovely weather drifting over the acre it is truly magical to see the changes, knowing that longer and warmer days are on the way.
On Wednesday it was busy, busy, busy as we made great strides under Nicks guidance in laying our new path. The ground was prepared before a membrane to suppress the weeds was laid down.
This week saw us start the second layer of our willow fencing which also meant harvesting the boughs by pollarding the trees by the stream.
After a bitterly cold start we were soon bathed in sunshine and worked under a perfectly azure sky.
It was a real treat on Wednesday to have John Negus on the acre and he gave us an insightful demonstration on caring for our trees.
A rather wet and windy Wednesday meant that we had a week of planning rather than out pottering in the rain!
Despite the wet start we did get the acre looking a lot smarter although it was too damp to do much strimming. The cabin lawn was mown together with areas around our vegetable strips.
It was a lovely, relaxed atmosphere on the acre; the cabin lawn was given a a much needed trim and the same went for the secluded corner and the entrance point to the Old Vicarage.
We achieved quite a bit today. Abigail cleared the path leading to our dumping area and was stung numerous times by our ferocious nettles for her troubles
Another feast on the acre as Aniello was on top form as he prepared two curries over two sittings, one for the morning crew and the other for those arriving later. They were both excellent, especially as he predominantly used produce from the acre.
With the heatwave continuing it was quite steamy work today but we got a lot done. The excess liner around the pond has been cut away making it look a lot neater and soon we'll be able to bury the remaining 'fringe' and plant around the edges.
A first for us on the acre today and it felt like a day we'd all been looking forward to. Our first lunch cooked at the acre with fresh vegetables straight from the beds.
What a fun afternoon on the acre! We hosted an informal open day where we welcomed many of our regular volunteers, attendees of our parenting groups and the primary school children who have been having forest school lessons on the acre.
The acre sells itself at the moment with the wildflower varieties in flower changing weekly, the fruit beginning to weigh down the boughs, vegetables bursting with flavour whilst the formal beds are maturing with bursts of colour.
It was wonderful to harvest some of our vegetables, under Isobel's watchful eye, and to see volunteer's able to take some of it home to add to their supper.
A day when we got to show our project in it's best light! We were visited by judges from Farnham in Bloom as we have entered the Madge Green Community Garden Project category.
It was all about team effort on the acre today. We had a big task ahead, after our successful bid at the innovation conference last month we were finally able to fund the pond liner, we now just needed to lay it!
What a magical day on the acre! Day by day our vista changes as our plants grow and new colours are added to the palette creating a riotous assault on our senses.
The weather was glorious and highlighted the beautiful colours of the wildflowers within the meadow. Corncockle, poppy, oxide daisy and clover, amongst many others, swayed gently in the long wild grasses with mayflies, honeybees and butterflies making themselves busy, darting and flitting about the place.
A lot was achieved with Brendan steering our happy crew. We put some strengthening poles on the willow fencing in front of the cabin as it was leaning out towards the Bishops Meadow.
One of today's tasks was to make all our beds, vegetable and flower, look a bit more presentable as weeds had started to spread.
Lots of elements coming together at the space. The flower beds have all been planted, just in need of some edging and nearly all the vegetable plots are filled.