The Garden Gate Project - November Update

Whilst nature’s been preparing for its annual rest its been all action here at The Garden Gate.

This is the time of year where we take stock and do all of those maintenance jobs around the garden.  On our ‘to do’ list was the energetic removal of a concrete ramp outside our thriving Arts Hut to improve disabled access and we have  finally relaid our uneven paving in the large polytunnel.

An unruly mountain of plant pots and trays has been sifted through and sorted out for ease of use, skips and rubbish bags have been filled and sent packing and an enormous bonfire topped off with browning asparagus fern was burnt on the fifth – clearing space for fresh energy, new ideas and regrowth.

Our long wooden feasting tables and benches have been oiled and stored away until next year and an area of our vegetable beds has been put to sleep beneath a huge plastic sheet decoratively pinned down by wooden pallets and birch tree offcuts.

On the growing front, elephant garlic and broad beans have been sown and containers of tulip bulbs topped off with wallflowers, daisies and pansies propagated from seed and the ailing Living Wall along one side of the weather station railings has been dismantled in preparation for an evolving new look inspired by Fritz Lang’s Metropolis.

The garden has been a hub of activity with everyone mucking in and getting jobs done, and finally, we gratefully received the kind donation of a collection of fabulous cacti.