Within our Cultivation Street network there are individuals with amazing knowledge both about gardening and running community gardens. They understand first-hand the needs of organisations and can tailor their advice to this. Our tips for the month is written by Cath from Welsh House Farm Green Grafters community gardening group. Cath not only has endless enthusiasm, but also a wealth of community experience and horticulture qualifications. You can read more about Cath and the amazing work she does HERE>>
As it's the right time of year to be thinking about and start planting potatoes, why not challenge yourselves and your groups to come up with the most creative way to grow them? There are lots of types of containers that can be recycled into use to grow spuds - I have previously had success with tyres, compost bags, buckets, and old kitchen bins as well as the more standard methods in the ground and bespoke potato planters!
If capacity at your garden site is limited throughout the week, think about starting seeds off at home, work or elsewhere where they can regularly monitored and watered. And if space is limited, if each person looks after just one or two plants or seed trays on a windowsill, the plants should soon stack up.
Looking to the wider environment and your local areas, think about joining in with the Great British Spring Clean between the 22nd March and 23rd Either set up and host a clean-up, or join in with one happening near you.
Whilst on the subject of spring cleaning, it is also a good time to check out your bug hotels to see if they need any replenishing following the winter – perhaps saving the off-cuts from spring shrub pruning to rejuvenate the dry materials.
If you have any new areas to develop this year, or are thinking of changing any parts of your garden, then measure up and take photos of the area in order to draw / work on / build creative plans. This can be done either as an indoor or outdoor group activity depending on the weather.
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