A good sign

We now have a new sign to celebrate the Gipsy Lane Community Garden

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They are growing!

Those of you who have walked around by the community garden recently will have noticed that many of the plants have really taken. Here are the latest pictures …

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Bug hotel part 2

The bug hotel is now open for business!

Since the last post we gave it a lick of paint, some chicken wire mesh to hold the straw and pine cones, a few logs with holes to attract mason bees and some crocheted bunting.

 

Bug hotel part 1

We put together the structure for our bug hotel this weekend.

The luxury accommodation for our local creepy crawlies is made from 3 palettes, some left over fencing and a large number of screws and nails.

Over the next couple of evenings this week we’ll give the hotel a lick of paint and start to prepare the logs that will go in it. The plan is to put the structure on the site on Sunday 20th May.

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The first plants are in

The first set of plants were put in the ground on 22 April. They are looking really great and they all appear to have taken well in their first couple of weeks.20180422_191252

We still have a few gaps so we are going to get some more plants next week to fill the remaining spaces. The money for the plants has been kindly donated by local residents and also Mark Rath Estate Agents. See below for how you can help.

We have also purposefully left a gap on the site so that we can build a bug hotel to encourage more wildlife. The lovely people at Wokingham in Bloom previously built a similar one down by the Pavillions, however with the new developments in town this will soon be fenced off. The team have rescued the Bug Hotel sign that was on the Pavillions site there and they will be donating it to our garden.

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How you can help

The next big job is to build a bug hotel. If you are an amateur carpenter or are just keen to help with its construction then please get in touch. We are also on the look out for some suitable materials, so any old logs (hard wood is best), treated timber, old clay pots etc are very welcome. We want it to look like one of the nicer bug hotels so something purpose built rather than a collection of pallets put on top of each other. We plan to build the bug hotel on the weekend of the 13th May from 10am.

If you would like to help with the donations towards plants then please get in touch. Any amount of donation is welcome. We have a good relationship with Henry Street Nursery so it is better value if we receive donations and then purchase on your behalf. We can then also purchase several of the same plant by pooling our money.

Donations in the form of plants are also welcome but we have some restrictions on what we can have, e.g. they can’t grow over 1 metre high, need to be suitable for the conditions, need to be fairly low maintenance and hardy. If you have something in mind then please get in contact with us and we’ll take a look.

 

 

 

 

 

We have plants

We’ve just popped into the Henry Street Garden Centre and picked up a car load of plants.

The management at Henry Street gave us some great advice and a good deal on the plants we selected.

We don’t think we have enough yet so we’ll plant what we have and then see what else we need.

Next job is to get them in the soil!

Day 2 done

Today saw our second session on the community garden and it was another successful one. Six locals turned over the soil, put down a weed-proof membrane and covered the area in wood chips.

The wood chips were kindly donated by the lovely people at St Paul’s church and we shovelled and transported several tubs of them in the early afternoon.

We are now ready to get some plants. The plan is to purchase some on Saturday (21st April) morning and then plant them on Saturday (21st) and Sunday (22nd).

We love a good before and after photo so here is this week’s series…

Before

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After

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