Transition Greenspaces – May Update

Posted on 21 May 2021

We have a family of foxes at May Close and the cubs, whilst very cute, have completely trashed our wild flower bed, but other than that everything’s growing like fury!

We’ve had an infestation of greenfly and also slugs so we lost some of our precious vegetables, but thankfully some have survived despite various forms of attack. With all the rain came a profusion of spinach and chard on both community allotments. After our volunteers took what they could use we donated the rest to the food bank scheme at Maybridge Community Church, just down the road from our larger allotment. We’ve linked up with the local network for surplus food distribution so that any time we have a glut of anything we can ensure that this food goes where it is most needed. We are looking forward to a time when this is formalised in a new local food partnership. Discussions about this have been ongoing for some time so we hope it will happen in the near future. We will keep you posted….

If anyone would like to come and help at May Close or The Triangle, do let us know. We have a small team who help water and weed, as needed, but more volunteers would be welcomed to help spread the load. It’s sociable, good fun and you usually end up with some free food!

Do read Kayley’s wonderfully inspiring and heartfelt blog about the benefits of volunteering: https://www.creaturely.co.uk/a-day-of-weaving-community/

For any queries re greenspaces projects, please email [email protected]

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...the stunts we get up to on our community allotments!!

Planting a Victoria Plum, kindly donated and planted by Natalie, and then collecting and delivering a 1000 litre cube to The Triangle. 

Huge thanks to Worthing Coaches Official for donating a couple of cubes so we can harvest a lot more rainwater this year for our community fruit and veg growing.

...the stunts we get up to on our community allotments!!

Planting a Victoria Plum, kindly donated and planted by Natalie, and then collecting and delivering a 1000 litre cube to The Triangle.

Huge thanks to Worthing Coaches Official for donating a couple of cubes so we can harvest a lot more rainwater this year for our community fruit and veg growing.
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Hugelkultur, pronounced Hoo-gul-culture, means hill culture or hill mound. We call them Huggies down in Carondelet.

Instead of putting branches, leaves and grass clippings in bags by the curbside for the bin men... build a hugel bed. Simply mound logs, branches, leaves, grass clippings, straw, cardboard, petroleum-free newspaper, manure, compost or whatever other biomass you have available, top with soil and plant your veggies.

The advantages of a hugel bed are many, including:

The gradual decay of wood is a consistent source of long-term nutrients for the plants. A large bed might give out a constant supply of nutrients for 20 years (or even longer if you use only hardwoods). The composting wood also generates heat which should extend the growing season.

Soil aeration increases as those branches and logs break down... meaning the bed will be no till, long term.

The logs and branches act like a sponge. Rainwater is stored and then released during drier times. Actually you may never need to water your hugel bed again after the first year (except during long term droughts).

On a sod lawn we recommend cutting out the sod, digging a one foot deep trench and filling the trench with logs and branches. Then cover the logs with the upside down turf. On top of the turf add grass clippings, seaweed, compost, aged manure, straw, green leaves, mulch, etc...
This one here is a Garlic " Huggie " located in the Forest Park area of St. Louis.
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