Not quite May flowers

Here we are, on a sometimes sunny afternoon, laying out more compost, seeding it, and doing a bit of decorative work with bricks. The crabapples at the former Henburys depot are out - so the bees will be foraging and pollinating here. We've covered another 100 square metres with compost, raked it out and seeded ...

No Fooling!

A very good session today. About 20 people turned up, and quite a few stayed to play (in this case, digging, picking, and hauling). The bender is being rebuilt, one of the raised beds is being dismantled, a lot of bramble roots are being pulled, a few posts are being sunk, and some rubble excavated. ...

Soil Analysis

For the first time in months, the combination or rain, wind, and hail put a damper on our plans. However, we persevered, and were rewarded with occasional bits of glorious sunshine. The site soil looks to be several layers of varied material: sand, gravel, rubble, and loam with some clay mixed in. Below 16 inches, ...

A very good day’s work

Today we cleared part of the site of brush from felled trees, in order to make more room for more grass cuttings / leaf mould from the other side of the park. The clearing shifted several trees worth of brash, forming some of it as dead hedge, and laying up the rest for future use. ...

Snow Steps

Saturday's snow made it easy to spot human and animal visitors on Sunday. This little robin came by to observe the mouse den we made from last year's hay meadow cuttings. We've seen a couple of field mice coming and going from warm burrows in the hay and wood chip piles. We have also seen ...

Wassail!

Our 2nd work session of the year coincided with two local wassails, to very good effect. Kings Heath Community Garden (Heathfield Road) had scheduled an afternoon wassail, so we organised ours to follow on from that. Our regular work session started around 1PM, with a very good turnout of a dozen volunteers, who set to ...