Wednesday, 29 June 2016

More Polytunnel Fun!

A super morning's work in the polytunnel! We set to, re-wetting the compost which gets very dry when nothing is grown in it for a week or two. Then planted lots of different sorts of tomato, courgettes, butternut squash - a new crop for us in the polytunnel - and cucumbers. We sorted and tidied and harvested carrots too - plus had the usual tea and laughs!

Saturday, 25 June 2016


One of those days that made us glad that we have a polytunnel! Thanks to Tracey Lloyd for leading a great session on making craft paper and to Jill Carter for lending the Pulp Friction paper-pulping bike!

 "It's as easy as that!"

 Bit of photo-bombing there, eh?

 Look of concentration...

 Creating decorations for paper.

 Combined weight of three people to press water out of the sheets!

 The moment of truth...

Fruity Saturday - what a day!

We all had a fab day at DigIn for Fruity Saturday.  Thankfully the rain we'd had over the previous week stopped and we had a dry event for a change!
Thankyou to everyone who came and made the day so enjoyable - there was a real community feel to the day, and of course, lots of fruit and cakes!
Among other activities, we held a mosaic making workshop for people to take home small mosaics and to help us make the mosaic "eyes" for the Giant's Head that we're creating in the area next to the Mirabelle tree.  The ex-bee area was the location for a new idea for Fruity Saturday - a relaxation area where people could have a foot or shoulder massage treatment.

Monday, 13 June 2016

Blooming DigIn! Its not all veg ...

Flowers everywhere at DigIn.  Was going to do a Flower of the Day, but too many beauties to single out just one.  Hope you like them!

Monday, 6 June 2016


The bluetit chicks have now fledged from the nestbox we made here at DigIn.  Here's a bit of a blurred pic of one of the adults going in to feed the chicks, taken last week.  They will hopefully stay fairly local and help us with the aphids!
I will miss them chirping away in the box.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

First day of Summer 2016

A bit chilly for June!  We put the polythene panels back into the polytunnel today as there was a cold wind blowing and the tomato plants in there are looking a little ill!  I don't think they like the cold draught.
We had two new volunteers with us today, Karen & Sam from the local Nottingham Building Society/Estate Agents.  They got stuck into some path weeding which was very good of them and they made a fantastic job of it too.  The paths are looking great where they worked - there's just a whole load more to do folks!  Hope it didn't put them off.
Liz had a good digging session on the large bed next to the herb bed, and the rest of us cleared red mustard and spinach, which had overwintered in the polytunnel, to make way for courgettes.

Nice work Liz!

Onions looking good

French lavender