Sunday, 28 August 2011

Bugs Hotel

Chris, Claire and Gary Swain have been very busy constructing a bugs hotel from recycled palettes, next to the wildlife pond. When finished, the hotel will provide a valuable habit for beneficial insects, which in turn will assist the frogs and other amphibians reared in the adjacent pond to control our garden pests.

Other recycled material such as rolled up cardboard, hollowed out canes, straw, small logs and twigs will be added to provide cosy resting places for these creatures over the cold winter period and beyond.

Prize Winners!

Congratulations to Tony Payne who, on behalf of Dig In, entered produce grown on the community allotment in the recent Stapleford & District Garden Holders Association show. Tony entered a melon in the 'Most Unusual Shaped Veg' section and a bunch of grapes from the polytunnel in the 'Any Other Fruit' category.

This is the first time our community grown produce has been entered in the competition, and to come away with a second and third prize is a fantastic achievement.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Clare has been very busy creating colourful new signs for our annual vegetable beds. Thanks to Chris for sourcing the wood and sawing it all! This is part of a movement to make the site and the growing plan easier for everyone to understand. Mary has drawn a beautiful map of the site which will be appearing on site shortly. Thanks Clare and Chris for all your hard work!

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

cook and eat 10th august

The rain stopped, and the sun came out, and the wind blew, for our summer cook and eat event today. We almost lost our new marquee! Lets hope we can fix the damage done by the wind.... A meal with an Indian feel was enjoyed by all - with Mary's courgette bhajis proving popular. We all enjoyed the blackberry and apple compote with yoghurt for desert. We have another cook and taste event for childminders next week. Getting to try all this lovely food is definitely a perk of the job!