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.

Follow the progress on Instagram and like or get in touch on Facebook.

Updates written by Leonie Wootton.

Sandgate Community Garden: Update 3 September 2023

Sandgate Community Garden Team Diary Entry for 3rd September: A fabulous day and the weather was just perfect. Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who donated plants for the Sea Festival and to everyone who came along on the day to support us either to buy plants/vegetables, or to help out at the stall or with setting up and clearing away – it was a fabulous day and the weather was just perfect too. It was a great ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 27 August 2023

Sandgate Community Garden Team Diary Entry for 27th August: It is all happening in Sandgate. Crikey!  It is all happening in Sandgate.  The Sea Festival weekend is upon us at last, yet by the time you read this newsletter it will probably be all finished.  We have been keeping a close eye on the weather, and although there were showers on Saturday, it did not spoil the evening firework show marking the start of the festival.  We now know that ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 20 August 2023

Sandgate Community Garden Team Diary Entry for 20th August: The slugs and snails are on the march, and the hunt is still on for hornets. We had a massive 22.9mm of rain on Friday night, which is more than we usually get for most months. The thunder and lightning rip-roared about for a few hours which seemed to wake most folk up, but it did mean that there was no need to water the Enbrook Park garden on the Saturday ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 13 August 2023

Sandgate Community Garden Team Diary Entry for 13th August: Praying for decent weather for the Sea Festival. We are praying for decent weather at the end of the month for the Sea Festival because if it is anything like it was last weekend with waves crashing over the Sandgate Promenade, it will be a disaster. However, being optimistic as always and keeping everything as well as our fingers crossed, Sunday 27th August WILL be a perfect day! Sandgate-Seafest-Flyer-2023-web The Animal ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 6 August 2023

Sandgate Community Garden Team Diary Entry for 6th August: Finding where the Asian hornets are nesting, destroying them. There are times when you wonder if you should be careful what you wish for, having spent so long over the past few years going on about how little rain we have here in Sandgate. We now seem to have a plentiful amount and the hope is that the sunshine will be returning anytime soon! The rainfall for July was a massive ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 30 July 2023

Sandgate Community Garden Team Diary Entry for 30th July: Watching carefully for signs of tomato blight. It was surely tempting fate to mention the dreaded tomato blight in the newsletter last week, as the following day it was found in a group of tomato plants at Pent Farm.  The tomatoes there are planted indoors as well as out, and in several locations.  The affected plants were close together and in bush form, whereas the others are cordons with space around ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 23 July 2023

Sandgate Community Garden Team Diary Entry for 23rd July: Dwarf beans, blackcurrants, tomatoes, fungi and flowers. Considering the fact that many parts of the world including Europe are experiencing extreme heatwaves, it has to be said that cooler showery/windy weather has to be preferable, although not everybody would agree with that. The showers are so localised, that it can be raining hard at Pent Farm and Cheriton High Street, even at the top of Enbrook Valley, with the rain literally ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 16 July 2023

Sandgate Community Garden Team Diary Entry for 16th July: Keeping your bananas well away from the beehives. Just as our newsletter went out last Sunday bemoaning the fact the rain was passing us by yet again, it started to pour down.  We have had several substantial showers since. This weekend the winds have arrived with a vengeance.  Apart from the interesting weather, the main feature of the week has been insects, from the good, the bad, and the (not so) ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 9 July 2023

Sandgate Community Garden Team Diary Entry for 9th July: The Johnson-Su system takes some 400 days for the compost to mature. The lovely drop or two of rain we had last week made an amazing difference to the plants but now we are back to watering again as it continues to be warm and mostly sunny with thunderstorms passing us by, although we can hear the thunder rumbling around in the distance. As well as helping our vegetable plants, the ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 2 July 2023

Sandgate Community Garden Team Diary Entry for 22nd July: the birds are obviously finding the tayberries irresistible. How can it be possible that it is July already? The rainfall for all of June was a mere 24.3 mm; a paltry amount, but welcome all the same. It meant a little respite from spending so much time having to water for the Saturday session at least. It is surprising how much more we can get done when watering is off the ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 25 June 2023

Sandgate Community Garden Team Diary Entry for 25th June: An incredibly busy week eating. What an unbelievably busy week it has been, and most of it seemed to be all about food and lots of it! It was refugee week, and on Monday we had a large group come down from the barracks to help us move lots of compost from the top end of the garden to the new composting area at the other end. It was hot, heavy ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 18 June 2023

Sandgate Community Garden Team Diary Entry for 18th June: The badgers have had all the carrots. Quite frankly it seems astonishing that most of the plants in the garden are surviving, the newly planted seedlings in particular, as it has been sweltering all this week from early morning to late evening. There has been no rain at all in Sandgate for weeks, so most of the garden has not had any water at all for this time. We have now ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 11 June 2023

Sandgate Community Garden Team Diary Entry for 11th June: The mole is happily making earth mounds and pushing up seedlings. The strong winds were still a feature this week, and then the temperature started to climb so that by Saturday it was sweltering. The weather report keeps talking of thunderstorms in the south east of England; however as is usual with Sandgate, we suspect they will pass by our corner of the country again, with no rain expected at all ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 4 June 2023

Sandgate Community Garden Team Diary Entry for 4th June: The hand of little bananas and Disco Soup. Just as we got to the weekend, the first in June, it started to warm up, and the winds have dropped for some parts of the day. The ground is now very dry as although there has not been much in the way of sunshine, the strong winds have had a drying effect. The banana tree was just about to produce a flower ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 28 May 2023

Sandgate Community Garden Team Diary Entry for 28th May: Seeds are not always what they seem to be, or say they are. Looking back at this time last year it seems we are about two to three weeks behind with our planting and the physical growth of the plants. It was also a surprise to be reminded that this time last year we were busy with Jubilee celebrations for the late Queen. Such a lot has happened both locally and ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 21 May 2023

Sandgate Community Garden Team Diary Entry for 21st May: An oasis right in the middle of a concrete jungle. It was a particularly busy gardening session on Wednesday. The nursery school from Saga came to have a look at the plot as well as new visitors there for the first time and some familiar faces from last summer/autumn. We sowed plenty of outdoor cucumber seeds, and then planted the courgettes and dwarf beans. It has all become a juggling act ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 13 May 2023

Sandgate Community Garden Team Diary Entry for 13th May: Longer, warmer daylight hours are contributing to a faster rate of growth. There is not much to be said about the weather this week. We lurch from one warm sunny day to rain and wind the next; however it seems that our little corner of the world has missed out on torrential downpours just a little further inland. The longer, warmer daylight hours are certainly contributing to a fast rate of ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 6 May 2023

Sandgate Community Garden Team Diary Entry for 6th May: Bore Place, Bumblebees and Muddy Wellies. The rainfall for April was 89.5mm, so it is hardly surprising we have been looking forward to signs of warmth and better days. A couple of good sunny days this week have suddenly revived most of the plants and we have had to start watering newly planted seedlings and potted plants. On Tuesday a few of us had a meeting at Bore Place near Sevenoaks ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 30 April 2023

Sandgate Community Garden Team Diary Entry for 30th April: An enormous surge in slug and snail numbers hiding amongst the leaves and potted plants. It is quite difficult to describe exactly what is going on with the weather this past week. Oodles more rain, longer daylight hours of course, but a sharp cold wind; a surprising few hours of brilliant sunshine when you least expect it and certainly not appearing on the weather apps. We are now coming into May ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 23 April 2023

Sandgate Community Garden Team Diary Entry for 23rd April: Coming soon – tomatoes for EVERYONE. We seem to be stuck in a weather pattern of perpetual winter/early spring; cold and wet with the odd smattering of sunshine to lull you into a false sense of security to sow more seeds and plant yet more plants before it turns cold and dismal again, and you are left wondering how anything would want to grow. The early spring flowers of daffodils and ...
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