Sandgate Community Garden

Sandgate Community Garden, get involved!
Contact Leonie: 07840 138308 or leoniewootton2311@gmail.com

Would you like to be involved in the Sandgate Community Garden? New volunteers are always welcome, and the crops grown are shared by and with the community of gardeners. This is a volunteer project in the Enbrook Park grounds of Saga.

The Community Garden team are also involved in other projects around Sandgate and Folkestone, including “Incredible Edible” planters by the Golden Valley shops, in Fremantle Road Park, along the High Street and Esplanade.

You can follow all the seasons and keep updated with what is happening. Get involved in the community and learn new skills. There is now a new wildlife pond and are pleased to have 2 bee hives on site. Gardening sessions are run twice a week. Get in touch to find out more.

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Updates written by Leonie Wootton.

Sandgate Community Garden: Update 9th June 2024

Sandgate Community Garden Team Diary Entry for 9th June: Waitrose had to find homes for some of their tomato plants. It has been dry for most of the week; however it certainly does not feel like June, with lots of cloud cover and a cool breeze most days. We got the tomato plants out last week, and whilst those at Enbrook Park are not looking too bad, those at Pent Farm, being more out in the open, are looking very ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 2nd June 2024

Sandgate Community Garden Team Diary Entry for 2nd June: ‘Flaming June’ it definitely is not. There was certainly no need to worry about having to water the seedlings this week. We have stepped into ‘Flaming June’ already, and ‘Flaming June’ it definitely is not! There was 59.4 mm of rain in the month of May – it felt like there should have been more rain than that. Fortunately this coming week is looking a little more hopeful, with some promised ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 26th May 2024

Sandgate Community Garden Team Diary Entry for 26th May: Stake them, tie them in and remove the first of the side shoots. There has been less of the wet stuff and more of the sunshine this week. Everything in the greenhouses at Pent Farm has suddenly exploded into life and trying to climb out of their pots and so it has been the mission to get as much into the ground as possible, and as soon as possible We planted ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 19th May 2024

Sandgate Community Garden Team Diary Entry for 19th May: The whole park is looking very lush and green with most plants larger than usual. This past week has been full of sunshine and showers. One day it is wall to wall sunshine and the next day it just rains and rains. Consequently the whole park is looking very lush and green, most plants are just larger than usual, including our foxgloves which are currently full of flower. Unfortunately the bindweed, ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 12th May 2024

Sandgate Community Garden Team Diary Entry for 12th May: Finally we have got out the watering cans and had to seriously start watering. It seemed inevitable that as soon as the warm and sunny weather arrived the garden would literally explode into life and start growing really fast. Plenty of sunshine meant that it was a real pleasure to be in the garden, and now there are literally hundreds of plants sitting in the greenhouses at Pent Farm waiting to ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 5th May 2024

Sandgate Community Garden Team Diary Entry for 5th May: Gingerly Green – the polytunnel. The rainfall for April was a respectable 65mm, definitely not as much as we have had in the past few months, but a good amount all the same. We managed to dodge the rain for our two gardening sessions on Wednesday and Saturday, in fact those two days were positively spring-like, being warm and sunny. The sprouting broccoli and the kale have all been removed and ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 28 April 2024

Sandgate Community Garden Team Diary Entry for 28th April: The wet and cold has been perfect for the slug and snail population. How can it be possible that we will be in the month of May in a few days? It managed to get even colder during the nights this past week, and it was not until the weekend that temperatures have improved a little but brought rain again. It will be good to be warmer, but it is the ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 21 April 2024

Sandgate Community Garden Team Diary Entry for 21st April: We must have pricked out more than three hundred marigold seedlings this week. We were all feeling quite optimistic last week that the weather had taken a turn for the better and it was going to get warmer. Unfortunately that did not last too long before we were back to showers and biting cold winds again, with no respite on the horizon for at least a week! We have the luxury ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 14 April 2024

Sandgate Community Garden Team Diary Entry for 14th April: All hands on deck and only time to chat if we were busy with a job as well.  Things have picked up at a great pace this week with some lovely sunshine and warm days; we managed to get in two whole sessions at the garden. Where we used to have plenty of time to chat and pack away early if all the tasks had been completed, this week it was ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 7 April 2024

Sandgate Community Garden Team Diary Entry for 7th April: The rainfall for March was another massive number, 148mm. It continues to be wet and windy with a few sunny periods.  We dodged the rain on Wednesday morning to plant out the early cabbages, beetroot, spring onions, and kohlrabi.  Saturday saw the planting of the coriander plants and the sowing of many zinnias.  The carrots and parsnips got sown in situ, being the only seeds we put directly into the ground ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 31 March 2024

Sandgate Community Garden Team Diary Entry for 24th March: Six Inches of Soil. Happy Easter! The clocks have changed and the Easter holiday season is upon us.  We have had less of the wet stuff this week and temperatures are gradually rising. That, combined with longer daylight hours, means the seedlings are starting to grow even faster.  This is of course a good thing – apart from the sycamore seedlings covering the plot which continue to plague us.  We cut ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 24 March 2024

Sandgate Community Garden Team Diary Entry for 24th March: Unleash the ladybirds. We were lucky to be able to get along to our gardening sessions Wednesday and Saturday without being rained on although it seems to have rained for most of the other days. On Saturday there was a biting wind so that sitting still for too long pricking out seedlings was not to be recommended. However we did for a while so that the aubergines were potted up for ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 17 March 2024

Sandgate Community Garden Team Diary Entry for 17th March: Spring seems to have snuck in through the back door. Just about everyone is fed up with the weather locally, and so it has continued with cold winds, and frequent showers just to add to the already ridiculously high water table. However spring really has arrived even if it seems to have sneaked in through the back door. There are so many buds just about to burst and new things are ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 10 March 2024

Sandgate Community Garden Team Diary Entry for 10th March: Spring flowers are in full bloom and the daffodils are out. It feels like spring has been such a very long time coming, but with none of our gardening sessions cancelled due to bad weather this past week, we are beginning to think that spring may at last be just around the corner.  Apparently this winter has been the fourth wettest, and the second warmest since records began.  February was the ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 3 March 2024

Sandgate Community Garden Team Diary Entry for 3rd March: It is no surprise that farmers are reporting the loss of crops sown in the autumn. Start building that ark! It is no surprise that farmers are reporting the loss of crops sown in the autumn, and many fields are sitting under water. Even if the rain stopped right now it will be some time before the water subsides, becomes unsaturated and machinery can get back onto the land. Fortunately the ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 25 February 2024

Sandgate Community Garden Team Diary Entry for 25th February: There has been far too much weather going on this week. There has been far too much weather going on this week to be able to get on with tasks that need doing. The rain has been the main feature and the session for Wednesday had to be cancelled. It is all too easy to be negative about so much rain and probably need to reflect on how much our Napier ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 18 February 2024

Sandgate Community Garden Team Diary Entry for 18th February: The wild plum trees are out in blossom this week in the Sandgate Park. The wild plum trees are out in blossom this week in the Sandgate Park. Full of flower buds, you get to appreciate how precarious it is to be flowering this time of year and a small miracle that there are any plums on the trees at all in the summer. The weather can be so windy, wet, ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 4 February 2024

Sandgate Community Garden Team Diary Entry for 4th February: Taming the wild garlic and thinning the strawberries. It has remained dry going into February, and a little milder although with a wind chill it is sometimes difficult to believe that. The rainfall for January was a mere 45.9 mm, the driest month since last June. It has given a chance for some of the waterlogged areas to dry out a little. Not much around in the way of sunlight, but ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 28 January 2024

Sandgate Community Garden Team Diary Entry for 28th January: A real community event and a pleasure to share food which would otherwise have gone to waste. We have been lucky enough to have some pleasant sunny days when we have been working in the garden this week.   Cold with some heavy frosts, so we are still limiting how long we have been staying.   Two beds of broccoli from the summer were twisted out, stripped and composted.  They have worked extremely ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 21 January 2024

Sandgate Community Garden Team Diary Entry for 21st January: Cold weather, awards and the return of Disco Soup. The weather this week continues to challenge our perseverance as to how long we can manage to work in the garden before all sense of feeling in the fingers and toes disappear! We kept the sessions to just one hour which is fine if you are being active enough. In spite of the cold the rhubarb is starting to make an appearance ...
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