Goodwill by the bucket

I spent a bit of time this morning doing some weeding at the community garden on Occupation Road. Although the chickweed has been making a big nuisance of itself, the vegetables, herbs and fruit are doing quite well, and the kale is thriving. One of the near neighbours came out to say hello and he told me that he’s been enjoying eating the vegetables, particularly the cabbage. He was keen to have some potatoes, so I nipped home for a few and planted them in one of our large containers. I also freed the garlic from the grip of the chickweed, and he’s now looking forward to eating that too. 

This chap lives a few houses away from me, and we only know each other because of the vegetables. He describes the community garden as “the best thing that’s ever happened here”. It was worth removing two buckets full of weeds to hear someone say that.

Tips for starting to grow in Newsome – June / July


turf stacked grass to grass

turf stacked grass to grass

June / July could be a good time to start –

There’s more light and it should be warmer – on average! But you need to start now – the sun starts falling in the sky from 21st June, so there’s 15 minutes less sun per week.

Starting to grow –

There are two ways to do this, with containers or in your own garden, if you have one.

Containers – This could be almost anything:

  • Growbags from garden centres.
  • Ordinary plant pots – the larger the better. At this time of year garden centres sometimes give them away free – or a large bagful for £1.
  • Tubs or large ornamental pots.
  • Half-barrels.
  • Old watering cans or pans, so long as you make drainage holes in the bottom – use a hammer and a 6”nail!
  • Then some good quality soil or growing compost from a garden centre.

Your own garden – If you have one you’re a step ahead:

  • If you have a lawn out the back, strip a square of turf.
  • Use a spade to cut through the turf around the size of your plot.
  • Divide the plot with more cuts into squares.
  • Slide the spade under each turf, lifting it whole.
  • Stack the lifted turf grass to grass, away from your plot (it will turn into soil in 6 months).
  • Dig the plot over. Turn the soil, loosening with the spade until it’s fine.
  • Add compost or soil from elsewhere to lift the level.

You’re now ready to plant – Some guidelines:

  •  Sow, plant and grow what you eat – or try something new you fancy.
  •  Sow or plant things that will grow at this time of the year. They could be plants sold at garden centres and some shops (costly), or seeds from shops and garden centres (cheaper).

What grows in June / July?

  •  French beans (dwarf) are easy; get green, blue & yellow ones. *
  • Peas – get dwarf mange tout – eat all including the pod! *
  •  Carrots – now the soil is warm the seeds will germinate better. *
  •  Swedes and turnips – good for autumn-winter cooking.
  •  Squashes – good for lanterns and eating. Keep stored in winter.
  •  Courgette and marrow – decorative when growing – good to eat!
  •  Radish, rocket and ‘cut and come again’ salad. *

* Sow at intervals (week by week) so that you have fresh veg for the table.


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