West Swindon Plantfest

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Planting in the West Swindon beds has finally caught up with the weather. A number of vegetables have gone in at four sites in the area (Woollaton, Bosham, Freshbrook, Freshbrook Church). Purple sprouting broccoli was planted in all beds (thank-you, Poppy) and others were located in the most appropriate beds. There was lemongrass, corn, cardoons, tomatoes, parsley, beetroot, turnips, cabbage, leeks (thank-you, Brian) and quite a few others.

Self seeded sunflowers in Freshbrook are doing well and others have been planted. The Bosham peas are looking magnificent and we are expecting pods any day now. The Woollaton peas were in the hotbox and have already been eaten (by people and not by some ravenous mollusc, in case you were wondering)!

In terms of harvesting, the garlic and onions in all beds should be ready in the next couple of weeks (we’ve tested a couple for you!). Some of the radishes in the Freshbrook Bed are ready and the strawberries will be in another couple of weeks.

Our lentil experiment failed at Woollaton through lack of water, but we have some thriving lentil-lings in the Freshbrook bed so hopefully they will grow into fully fledged plants and produce a crop.

If you are around any of the beds in this heat and have any spare water – or you live close by and are happy to walk down with a watering can, please feel free to do so.

Thank you to Justin, Gavin, Sam, Beth, Anita, Sonny, Hayley, Meadow-Belle, Brooke, Harley & Jo for joining in.

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