Friday, March 30, 2007
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Rodent moves into greenhouse
We welcomed a new resident in the big greenhouse this week. An enormous rat-like water vole, created by John Maskell of the Cathja Barge art project in Isleworth (here seen with Carl Kirby-Turner, manager of the floating project). We are hoping the new rodent will scare off smaller rats who nibbled on our pumpkins and our chitting potatoes...
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Last plant goes in the maze
The last plant - a French lavender - is planted by Helen who was determined to get them all in this week. A few more strips of membrane, a few more wheelbarrow-loads of gravel from Alan and it will all be done. Now it needs time to mature and grow into proper little hedges and then we can let the children loose in it.
Friday, March 09, 2007
New pathway to onion heaven
Monday, March 05, 2007
Having demolished a decrepit old shade tunnel, with the help of a grant from BBC Breathing Spaces/Big Lottery Fund and Datum Design, a local building company, we are now laying out a herbal maze. Our maze is based on a design by Batty Langley, who wrote New Principles of Gardening in 1728. He in turn copied the Hampton Court maze, but changed the overall outline shape of that maze to create a rectangle, which we in turn have copied.
Key to the herbs used in the maze (starting from the centre):
pink: dianthus (clove pinks)
yellow: pink hyssop
brown: lavender stoechas (French lavender)
green: lavender Hidcote
blue: blue hyssop
outer ring: lavender Munstead
to punctuate the entrance and the four corners of the central ring: Miss Jessops rosemary
Very wet work session kicks off March
We thought nobody would come but... a truly hardy - and soon very wet - bunch turned up to Sunday's session. It was not the record turnout of over 40 that came when the sun shone, but about twenty people aged from three years upwards concentrated on the main tasks of emptying the remaining shade tunnel of plants stored there by the council's contractors, and continuing to lay out the herb maze.