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 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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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 8 March 2020

Such is the generosity and kindness of our community that the call for greenhouse space was answered, and we now have temporary homes for our seedlings to get going. Lee came up trumps with a small portable greenhouse for us to borrow, not even out of the box; and Kath has room in a greenhouse on top of her shed, just perfect, and we are very grateful. This week we succeeded in sowing more seeds, planting out the radishes, and ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 1 March 2020

Far too much weather again this week, and how much we will appreciate warm sunny days when they eventually appear. It is a long shot, but we are putting out an appeal to anybody reading this that might have a greenhouse and is willing to either look after our seedlings or allow us to look after them for just a few weeks until it is warm enough to be able to sow seeds outside. Once the seeds are sown, they ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 23 February 2020

It does not feel like it right now, but spring really is just around the corner. The days are getting longer, and some of the buds are fit to burst. We still have time to get the compost and paths in place, and there are seedlings of lettuce, radish, spring onions, cabbage, calabrese and spinach on their way, filling up window ledges. The aim is to be planting these sowings in mid-March with any luck. Still lots of work to ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 16 February 2020

Storm Ciara rip roared around last weekend, and we seemed to get away with just shredded fleece cloches, we were lucky. Let us hope we get through Dennis paying us a visit this weekend! More barrowing of compost and wood chips has been the theme this week. It should certainly help to define where it is safe to walk, as most visitors manage to trample over the onions at some point or another. Unless storm Dennis obliges and blows the ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 9 February 2020

So very happy to report that our wishes have been answered, and we had compost delivered to the community garden to enable us to make the soil easier to work, and continue with a ‘no dig’ policy. Folkestone and Hythe council took pity on our plight and are giving us their own compost made in their yard from waste collected from local parks and gardens. It is peat free and perfect for our requirements. Feeling cheeky, we mentioned we were ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 2 February 2020

A reasonably quiet week, we are still trying to resolve the problem of getting hold of lots of compost to put on the garden to improve the soil, without having to part with lots of money, and we think we are about to solve it. Having recently read an article about electro-mechanical composting machines that can convert garden and food waste into highly nutritious compost in just 14 days, we are beginning to feel quite envious! However, this amazing machine ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 26 January 2020

Having visited the delightful old fashioned shop in Cheriton opposite the library, we now have our seed potatoes chitting away on window ledges, waiting to be planted in the spring. Here is what we will be growing: Lady Christl – These were bought specifically for the nursery children as they are a very early variety, and the children will be able to experience harvesting them in June before they break for the summer holidays and change their nursery setting for ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 19 January 2020

This week a couple of us made a trip to Brogdale, the famous fruit farm near Faversham, to collect two varieties of rhubarb, and a pear tree for planting sometime soon. On the way back we dropped into the oldest Community Garden in the country, the Abbey physic community garden. This garden is now 25 years old, and is crammed full of all sorts of things. World famous, it apparently has coach loads of visitors dropping in for tea and ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 12 January 2020

Melanie Wrigley from the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership visited the garden this week to take a look at the project and advise on anything we can do to enhance the number and varieties of wildlife. Happily it seems we are working the right direction already, and the future plans we already have will help to create the wildlife environment that can also benefit both the garden and the honey bees. Melanie will be keeping in touch, and we will be ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 5 January 2020

During the course of this week the pond hole was double checked for stones, lined with sand, lined again with a fleece material designed to protect the waterproof layer from underground sharp objects, and finally the butyl top was laid down. It took three of us to manoeuvre it into position, and very glad we were that there were no high winds. However we will have to keep an eye of the weather as we have no means of filling ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 29 December 2019

We were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to browse the archives held by Saga the day before Christmas Eve, which tells the history of Enbrook Park. Paul, the head gardener researched the subject some time ago for Roger De Haan, and very interesting and quite complex it is too! The park has been under the threat of being built on for housing in the past, and as a Community, we are indeed fortunate to still have this green area, ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 22 December 2019

The pond site is in the process of having straight sides cut into it to create a shelf for water plants to sit on once the liner has been laid. The bottom of the pond has been trawled for any more sharp rubble and was starting to resemble the Somme. The continuing rain is making progress more of a challenge and it is probably just as well that it starts to coincide with a holiday period! We saw the Saga ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 15 December 2019

Continuing to be busy this week. A couple of us were at the Sandgate Parish Council meeting to talk about, and promote the garden. We hobnobbed to the best of our abilities, and think we have created enough of an impression to keep the garden in the minds of many of the movers and shakers of Sandgate! We took a small hamper of winter salad, leeks, purple sprouting and Chinese cabbage. Then since discovered that the leeks, growing in our ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 8 December 2019

The fencing is nearly finished, and the wind break mesh is in place, they give the new hedge the chance to take hold. The donated bench hitched a ride to the garden, and is now in place, so we shall have to decide where we will be taking a break with a flask of coffee and a biscuit, or this month, a mulled wine and mince pie! Thanks to Paul for arranging the transport. We would prefer to use the ...
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Sandgate Community Garden: Update 1 December 2019

This was a week of absolute contrast. On Wednesday it was lashing down with rain, but troops turned out for the morning session and we planted most of the hedge until soaked through to the skin and covered in mud; such dedication. Not only were we there, but so was Paul the Saga Head gardener, putting up the new fence alongside the site of the pond. The fence is a requirement as the pond is in a public place, and ...
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