At last! July’s finally behaving like it’s supposed to! I arrive just after 9 and walk around the site with Ru, cup of coffee in hand, to work out what needs to be done. I make a list in the book but there really aren’t too many tasks to do today. At this time of year it seems that it’s more like maintenance than serious work. A little bit of planting – chives to go into the shadey bed by the bike park – and general weeding here and there, the paths and around some of the salad leaves in the main beds. We need to water in the greenhouse and prepare a concoction of garlic and water to treat the soil we pulled the cos lettuce up from last week. But other than that there’s really not too much to do. A quick assessment of the week’s growth and we arrive at a total of 11.5 kg of leaves to be harvested after lunch. Added to the 8.5 kg Ru’s estimated can be cropped from Springfield, this gives us a good total of 20kg – which will get packaged up into two hundred bags later in the day.
It just so glorious to be at the site in this weather. The sun warms the spirits and makes everyone feel happy and energised – the rain and damp already a distant memory. Our resident robin is out too. Really very tame and inquisitive – hanging around waiting for us to unearth some worms for him.
It also seems to be a day for other visitors – families wander through, Julie and Kerry from Growing Communites HQ come by and a journalist from the Metro arrives to look round the site, making loads of notes. It really is perfect weather for making a good impression! At lunch time, we are visted by a writer and photographer working on a book.
In the afternoon we get on with the harvest. Frank works on the bike park area, which we are cleaning up to make more welcoming. There might not be too much routine work today, but we can always find fun tasks for volunteers! We’ve cordoned off a section to plant some hardy grass and daisies – we’ll let it grow for a couple of weeks and then do the next bit…
Speaking of flowers, these looked particularly lovely today.
We put an edible flower in every bag of salad we pack. These are pansies. And these are calendula.
We mostly plant these to attract beneficial insects to the site, but the petals are also edible. It’s amazing what comments you get from such a small but pretty addition to your salad bowl.
Grower: 1 | Apprentices: 2 | Volunteers: 6 | Support workers: 1 | Visitors to the site: 3 families + a couple of others | Growing Community HQ Staff: 2 | Journalist: 1 | Writer: 1 | Photographer: 1 | Dog: 1 | Robin: 0
Harvested from the site…
Salad greens & edible flowers: 20kg | 1 punnet mixed berries (including Japanese wine berries): 175g | Basil: 90g| Figs: 55 | Tomatoes: 2.5kg