Sunday, 9th June…
… what to do with your vegetables
Plants available include squashes, courgettes, runner beans, kale, … and seeds such as dwarf french beans, sugar snap peas, carrots. Water any newly established plants and small seedlings, remembering that thorough and occasional watering is better than superficial and frequent applications of water.
You may think that your crops are delicious, and you are not alone in your thoughts. Pigeons will love to eat your kale and peas. Protect brassicas (kale, cabbages, brussels sprouts etc) with netting and peas with netting and/or closely woven sticks. And look out for signs of caterpillars and other pests.
What to do with your fruit…
The “June drop” is nature’s way of removing surplus fruit from trees and bushes, reducing the stress on branches which will be less likely to break. You can aid this process in the case of gooseberries for example, if they are laden with lots of tiny fruits. Consider removing every other fruit, which will allow the remaining fruits to grow larger. And of course you can cook and eat the thinnings!
Strawberries should be producing runners (tiny plants that grow on stems from the mother plant). You can use some of these to produce more plants for next year. Remove the rest because they may sap the energy of the main plant. To use the runners, simply peg them into a pot or directly into the soil using a piece of bent wire. Detach from the mother plant once new roots have formed.
I won’t mention grass cutting again; well, maybe once. Also, some of the young peoples’ plots are unused and looking neglected. And they need to look especially amazing, being near the entrance. So let’s clear them out, and create something beautiful! Maybe someone could take some photos for our website?Clive
Sorry, no graphics this week, Jim is away.
Update from Dano, our medicinal herbalist…
I love this time of year as each week new plants come to the fore. A way to mark the passing of the seasons and celebrate seasonal flowers as well as veg. So May flowers for me are Cowparsley, Bluebells, Lily of the valley. June is the start of poppy time. As a June baby myself those really big red poppies were always on my birthday table, what flowers mark your birthday? Its never too late to have a birthday flower and a great way to mark if seasons are changing and there are always a few flowers out even in winter.Dano
Opportunity to take part in a research project…
I am a university student from the University of East Anglia, and am undertaking a Masters degree in Environmental Science. My final project is around the aspects of sustainable food systems and community involvement, the GO2 project being my case study. I have visited the project and liaised with the organisers, and in the coming weeks I will be around the site talking to people and helping out as much as I can. I will possibly be interviewing people who would be willing to talk about their various reasons for joining the GO2 project, and their history of growing food.
I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible.