Sandgate Community Garden: Update 30 June 2019

The garden is just starting to fill out, with leaves getting bigger and lusher.  Beans are climbing the poles, and the beetroot, tomatoes, and Tokyo turnips starting to swell.  The first of the radishes have arrived and taste so delicious that I am thinking we should have sown even more because they are disappearing pretty fast!  This week we have been filling three of the raised boxes, sowing more rows of carrots and beetroot, spring onions, and spinach.  We have planted out more dwarf beans and tomatoes.

Many thanks this week to Terry and Alan for bringing some trays of seedlings, plus three cucamelons which are an exciting addition to the plot!  Thanks also to Freddie for the seeds, and Paula for the gooseberry bush plus a lovely shrub rose which we have planted close to a tree that Paula’s family planted many years ago in memory of her father.  We had a donation of some rather sad looking gooseberry plants plus two red current bushes which were picked up for next to nothing because they had been attacked by sawfly caterpillars.   They can strip a plant of its leaves in less than a day if left unchecked; however the plants should recover with a bit of TLC and be fine for next year.

What’s next  

  • WATERING!  Sorted for Sunday night and Monday night
  • Stake the new tomato plants
  • Finish filling the raised boxes and top with a little compost.
  • Sow more seeds!
  • Clear the land to the left of the fruit trees
  • We might get to plant out the leeks and kale next week!