Last Friday the 12th of October marked the 2nd anniversary of
the passing of our dear friend and loved one Eithne Bentley.
We had a lovely ceremony for her the other morning to mark the occasion.
Lots of people came and enjoyed warm strong coffee in the sunshine as she was fondly remembered. At this time of year our thoughts are always with her, Gerry, her family and
everyone who was fortunate enough to have known her.
Below is a poem by Eithne, whose Spirit will always be with us.
Congratulations to Broadstone member Derek o'Reilly for his winning Photo in
The Community Garden competition sponsored by Luas!
We're delighted for Derek and it's lovely to have captured part of what makes Broadstone Community Garden so special.
Growth in the Garden has been quite mixed this year. We got a good crop of blackcurrants but the downside was the tayberries did not produce much fruit. Rhubarb was replanted under the tree has proved successful.
Carrots and Parsnips have never really taken in the garden. Potato crop grew well in some beds and in not so in others. Beans grew very well and the tomatoes seemed to growing fine.
Water supply this year has been been on/off and then back on again.
Drop by on Saturdays and Sundays at 12 noon to help out and see what's going on.
Planting of first earlies took place today 20th March 2016. Two varieties, Homeguards and Duke of York were planted in new and existing beds.
On Saturday two tonnes of top soil and bark was delivered. Some volunteers turned up and the top soil was placed in the new raised beds and the bark was distributed on the paths around the beds.
Planting of seed Potatoes will take place on Sunday 20th March at 11am. Hope to you see there. Bring your friends and garden tools!
Work commenced on Saturday 5th March 2012 on new raised beds for the garden. Thanks to all who turned up for their hard work!
Gwen sent us out a note today - as one of our Master Gardeners she's advised there is Harvesting of some crops to be had, and some hands on deck would be appreciated this weekend if you are around for some tidying (and perhaps some green manure planting). Here's her note- we will do some harvesting on Saturday. :)
There's plenty of corn in the Garden ready for picking! It's best to pick it now as it will just go off in the next while.
Also the last of the Asparagus peas and plenty of Nasturtium flowers if anyone likes eating them.
Well Done whoever cleaned up the compost heap-- it looks Great!!
I've got some green manure for planting in a few of the beds.Also some Autumn onions which we'll plant at the weekend.Plenty of beetroot doing really well up there and also the Xmas spuds coming along nicely.There's also one lovely round green marrow from Chris which probably should be picked in the near future.I have it raised off the ground so it won't rot.
Hope to do a good bit of tidying if anyone is around at the weekend.
Thanks to everyone that came to the Garden Party! It was a great way to enjoy the company of our fellow gardeners and neighbours, and an occasion to get all hands on deck doing some Autumn maintenance. Not to mention some Lovely, Lovely, Food! :) Shout out to the Boozy Chocolate Cake (she says it was an accident putting that much in the batter... :) ) The to-die-for black currant cordial, the tasty bean salad, and it wouldn't have been the same without those brilliant brownies and cocktail sausages!
There are also a few interesting veggies growing in the garden this year...if you couldn't make the get-together do your best to get down to the garden and see if you can spot some of these beauties:
One of our members sent in an email which was very cute indeed! From Tom:
Just in case you were wondering if there was a rabbit in the garden this week I can confirm that PJ was responsible for the two bites taken out of different plants.
He decided they were not tasty and promised not to do it again.
There you are now"
And there we are now. No rabbits (which can be seen as a bit of a disappointment, if you like bunnies) but of course, it's good to know PJ is trying out new veggies in his diet. Perhaps later in the year, he'll come across something new in the garden he finds tasty once we start harvesting!
Thanks for the email Tom, and the pics - they are adorable!!
Hi Ya All!
The text was lost in the email that went out for the Blog last week...a slight technical malfunction. But it's back, and it's got some great info from Pauline about Chitting Potatoes! You can read it by going to http://www.broadstonecommunitygarden.com/blog/job-well-done-folks-gettin-ready-for-spring
For this week, Pauline suggests getting in on the home planting action by growing Sweet Pea seedlings. She says: "...plant sweet peas into pots in a cold room or green house and barely moisten soil. They're best kept on the dry side."
Apparently, Sweet Peas in the early stages are liable to rot, if the room is too warm or over-watered. So if you have a cool place that gets lots of sun, you have the perfect conditions to get those seedlings growing!
And as one of the projects in the garden this year is a "Bee Garden", full of native flowers for our bee populations, I thought I'd share this Really Great Ted Talk about Bees!
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