Sandgate Community Garden

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Regular Updates from the Sandgate Community Garden, a volunteer project in the Enbrook Park grounds of Saga.

New volunteers are always welcome, and the crops grown are shared by and with the community of gardeners.

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, on Sandgate High Street and Sandgate Esplanade.

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Updates written by Leonie Wootton.

Sandgate Community Garden: Update 26 July 2020

Now that restrictions are lifting and it is possible to go away or simply go back to work, it meant that the Wednesday morning session was quiet and many of our jobs on the list did not get done. However, we made up for it Saturday, with beginner gardeners, and a steady trail of visitors either coming to look or to take vegetables or cut flowers home. In the week, the parks department of the Folkestone and Hythe Council very ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 19 July 2020

Every session these days there is something to pick, this week was salad leaves, the first of the dwarf beans, beetroot, courgettes and summer squashes, along with the last of the spring onions. The sweet peas are producing more and more flowers, as are the zinnias, and now a few dahlias. We are always pleased to see any visitors on our Wednesday and Saturday morning sessions keen to take produce home with them, and have had reports of how flavoursome ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 12 July 2020

An executive decision was made in the week to meet up and work on the garden on Tuesday instead of Wednesday when it was super soggy. We might be a great working team but we do not enjoy being wet, and so please bear that in mind if you were making a trip up to the garden on either our Wednesday or Saturday morning session, that we do not work in serious rain! Saturday in particular was a very sociable ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 5 July 2020

The Wednesday morning session was spent propping up leaning plants and cutting off wind burnt and shredded leaves, the condition of the garden was surprisingly better than was thought, although it seems we have more windy days to follow. Saturday morning was a washout, rain is great and we really should not grumble but the timing was not good! This week we have weeded inside the cloches, planted beetroot, a random tomato plant, and the last few dwarf beans for ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 28 June 2020

A week of far too much weather seems to have been the theme, going from one extreme to the other; however the rain was most welcome and saved us having to water at the end of the week, hooray! A busy Wednesday morning, with many visitors to the garden, either having a look around, or coming to pick up some vegetables or flowers. The sweet peas are starting to come quite fast now, and it is important to pick every ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 21 June 2020

You will not be surprised to hear that we have run out of space in the garden again for everything we are trying to grow! When the onions came out last week we planted up the ground with runner and dwarf beans, soy beans, lettuces, cucumbers and leeks. We have no idea where the rest of the lettuces, kale, beetroot, purple sprouting and chicory will go as yet. With any luck we can squeeze some into a couple of spaces, ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 14 June 2020

The onions have toppled over, a sign that they are ready to be lifted and dried, and once done, the ground was covered with the last of the saved compost and planted up with more beans and cucumbers.  We have put extra windbreaks along some of the beanpoles to give the beans as much chance as possible.  We planted a few basil plants, kale, and Brussel sprouts, all kindly donated by the new mayor of Folkestone, Michelle Dorrell.  Michelle is ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 7 June 2020

No more procrastinating this week, and glad to report that jobs like repairing the flat wheelbarrow tyre and finishing the post wiring is under way and getting done, always satisfying to complete tasks that nag at you to get them finished. At last the weather has broken and the much welcome rain will do wonders to loosen up the soil and bring long awaited relief to plants that we choose not to water, in preference to those that really do ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 31 May 2020

This hot and dry weather has brought things on really fast, and it is a race to get as much as possible into the ground and keep up with the watering. It is very interesting the differences between the planting zones we have in the garden. We have the very fine silty, sandy soil up against the wall, where the water rolls off the surface and runs away; we have some zones that have not had any compost added, or ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 24 May 2020

We swapped the cold windy weather this week for warmer windy weather. We bit the bullet and started the changeover from spring, to summer plantings of courgettes, beans, squashes and sweet corn. The Zinnias and cosmos are in their bed, and the dahlias next to them. We have put in runner beans again this year, but the way the poles were being rocked about in the wind this weekend, we have to be realistic that they might find the plot ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 17 May 2020

The very first newsletter documenting the beginnings of the garden was dated 17th May 2019, and so we are now one whole year old! Seems incredible as so much seems to have happened in that time, and so the story continues to develop! It has been a fight with nature this week. It started with a turn in the weather from warm sunny days to an arctic blast of wind and cold that ripped the fleece from our tomato plants, ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 10 May 2020

We had a delivery of compost which was able to be tipped straight into the garden, so there will not be any complaints about having to barrow it up the hill, what a result! We have also made some compost storage areas so that compost we make can be stored until the winter, as well as any we might be able to get our hands on over the next few months. Concerned about aminopyralid arriving in horse manure which has ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 3 May 2020

Next release of spare plants will be Saturday 16th May, from 10am until 12 noon at the garden. We have several outdoor cucumber plants, as well as some courgettes and a few squashes, maybe even a few cucamelon plants if they get a rift on! We would like to say a big thank you to the Sandgate Society, for giving us another £100, which has already been put towards a lorry load of soil conditioner and improver. There is only ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 26 April 2020

Considering our current situation it has been a busy week. Many thanks to those of you that came along to the garden to get some tomato plants and apologies for those that made the trip in vain, as the plants got snapped up as if they were hot cakes. We were donated an astonishing £72.20 which will go towards our immediate wish list of extra fine mesh to keep insects at bay, more compost or soil improver, and of course ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 19 April 2020

We have over fifty tomato plants needing homes, so if you have not got yours yet, come up to the garden on Wednesday 22nd or Saturday 25th from 10 am until noon to collect some. A small donation would be most appreciated, and help towards our running costs. Thank goodness for some rain, it will make a world of difference; Sandgate often seems to miss any promised rain compared to other parts of Kent, so it was most welcome. Temperatures ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 12 April 2020

These warm sunny days have started to bring the plants on at full speed and we are juggling with greenhouse/window ledge space. All the plants that can cope with the cooler spring weather have been sown or planted, and we are now looking to starting to sow the warm loving plants such as courgettes, squashes, cucumbers and sweet corn. There have also been new sowings of leeks and sunflowers, and planting of sweet peas, parsley, wild rocket, peas for pea ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 5 April 2020

So far so good at the Community Garden, managing our time and work amongst ourselves, using technology to communicate and get things done. It can take longer, and more energy, but we have an enthusiastic and hardworking team, keen to make it work. We are making sure we are following the guidelines given by the Government and the Council during this challenging time, and continue to refer to the Councils website about Allotments and their use: ‘We recognise that Allotments ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 29 March 2020

When it was announced by the government that there were to be no gatherings of more than two people it seemed that the virus was going to stop the Community Garden from making any more progress for a while…. However we have a great communication system, and with the use of photos, videos and WhatsApp, we take it in turn to go to the garden as part of our exercise regime. Calabrese, cabbages, and kale for salad leaves got planted; ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 22 March 2020

All of a sudden we seem to have been propelled into another world because of the virus, and nothing seems certain anymore. Perhaps the only certainty is that there are seeds to sow and plants that still require planting, and although many activities have been shut down, we can still go up to the garden to do things, and it seems that now we have more time to do so! Saturday was beautiful out in the sunshine; we have room ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 15 March 2020

This week we have planted some brassicas (varieties of the cauliflower family that are all different shapes, sizes and even colours!), more broad beans, and some sweet peas, a dwarf variety that should make small bushy plants. The great thing about all these early plantings is that they do not mind the cold and wet weather so much, and are happy to grow in cooler temperatures. They will also mature in early summer when the ground can then be cleared ...
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