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!
The Manure Project was completed last Saturday and Sunday -- Thank you everyone that pitched in!
Pauline has kindly sent a list of "To Do" things for this week. She will be sending a list weekly and I'll communicate it out to you...So here it is, guidance for your own gardens or to help with the Community Garden. Thanks Pauline!
Tasks in the garden for this week: -
1. Chit early seed potatoes. For those unfamilar with the term, it's simply placing potatoes to sprout in a cool, light place, prior to planting out after St. Patrick's Day.
2. Cut back last year's spent canes on autumn fruiting raspberries. This allows for a bountiful production of new canes and hence loads more fruit.
3. For really intrepid enthusiasts with a warm, sunny porch or window cill, now is the time to start sowing aubergines, peppers and chillies. For the less adventurous amongst us, we'll wait until the plants become available in the nurseries!
We have a load of manure that was delivered to the Garden yesterday, and would love some help from our Members this Saturday and Sunday at noon to help distribute the stuff on the beds!
Thanks Nicko and staff from Cherry Orchard Community Garden for helping unload...it was a bigger job than we thought it would be, as it had to be shoveled out!
Damien will be up at the Garden at noon as usual Saturday, but will be taking a little field trip to our neighbours up at Serenity Gardens (Western Square) to help break down some compost and bring back a bit. Excellent opportunity to meet up with another crowd and get your hands dirty!
Any beds that haven't gotten the new manure treatment on Saturday (all beds should get the treatment covering as they are old plants, except for the onions and garlic -- manure should be distributed around them, so the leaves can still get sun! :) ) need to be finished off Sunday.
So if Saturday doesn't work for you - your second chance to get your hands dirty is at noon on Sunday with Gwen, bring along a shovel or spade if you got one!
I'll be at the Millenium Park, the first An Taisce event Community Growers event of 2015 myself on Saturday...meet me at Broadstone Garden at 10am sharp if anyone wants to join me in grabbing the bus up to Blanchardstown!
Enjoy your Valentines Weekend everyone, and Happy Gardening!
Secretary, Broadstone Community Garden Group
The Garden Happenings are a bit quiet this time of year, but we're still doing some maintenance every Saturday (weather permitting) for those that want to come up! I've added some key event milestones we have scheduled for the new season, as well as events by An Taisce, of which Broadstone Community Garden is a Member Organisation (which means a great value for our members!).
The link to our calendar is below (and can be found under membership/to do / garden rota):
I also wanted to highlight an An Taisce Green Communities Event happening on February 14th, which is free for members of Broadstone Community Garden. At 11am, participants will be given a tour of the Millenium Garden site, lunch, a demonstration on pruning, and an opportunity to take home cuttings of your own. As well, John Harrington will be giving a talk on the Shackleton Gardens- a historical site which is currently being restored in Coolmine.
For more information about this event, visit the below link:
An Taisce Green Communities Facebook page also regular updates...if you are in town around Thomas Street at 6pm, you may want to check out their most recent post!:
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