During the working season which runs from March through November, we have two social events in the garden.
Our Open Day in July allows the gardeners to entertain family, friends and visitors, the gardeners enjoy showing the work they have acheived and are happy to answer questions about their work and visits here. There are fun and games on the terrace, with tombola, tea and cakes and an excellent BBQ run by Phil.
Our end of season 'Get-Together' is a fun party for the gardeners, volunteers and invited guests. Held in the Potting shed in late November we have to be inventive due to space restrictions. Funny games , tea and cake, present giving and a good time to say goodbye until the next season
Our gardeners are now back to work coming in their Covid safe bubbles, we are unable to use the Potting Shed but we are able to take our tea breaks outside with the aid of a large umbrella! .
During the Corona virus 'lockdown' the garden has been kept going by the very hard work of our Project Manager - Jean Burgess. Single handed she has, sown seeds, weeded terraces and planted out when the seedlings were ready. There is an amazing variety of vegetables and soft fruits on the terraces and in the green house. As well as all this hard work Jean has managed to keep us all in touch with the 'goings-on' in the garden, using her very imaginative sense of humour. She writes a regular blog about the inhabitants of the garden and what they have been up to trying to support her in the work. The Scarecrow is named Scary Biker and his dog is Plackie as he is made up from old un-recyclable plastic. They are always trying to help but this effort is not always successful!!
AUTUMN at STONE NESS WALLED GARDEN
Autumn has brought lots of wet and windy weather to our area, and during our ramble for 'Children in Need' (for which we raised £250), a very large, wild cherry tree decided to split in half with an enormous cracking sound and later in the morning the other half fell. This meant that the ramble rout had to be changed but our intrepid ramblers managed this well.
The garden has not been as productive this year, the tomatoes went down with blight just as they were ready to be harvested and the apple trees have not had a very good crop putting our apple juice supply in jeopardy. There were however, a bumper crop of damsons and we have been busy making delicious jam.
The gardening sessions will end for most of our gardeners at the beginning of November and there will be a celebration to end the season provided the weather stays dry and we can have a picnic and games outside. The schools and colleges that come to the garden will still be working.
We welcome Teddy our companion pony for Rosie, they have bonded well and seem to enjoy each others company. Teddy is 7 years old and black in colour, he was not suitable to be ridden despite much care and training from his previous owner, so has now found a very loving and comfortable home with us.
Scary and his dog Plackie have been very busy and I add his latest blog here:
Jean sed “Scary, write a nartickle for everyone, summing up wot we've done this year, and wot we still have to do.” So, I found my dibber and a clean back-of-a-nenvelope, and sat back, scratching my head – and Jean added “by Wensday, please” as she walked away. Well, that gave me half a day to write this, so you must scuse any spelling mistakes, cos no-one's checked this!
Hallo Walled Gardeners, Volunteers, and all other readers.
It's been a good year in the garden, although at one stage I woz almost overwhelmed by pests, blight, and extreme weather events. My old enemies, the mice, managed to eat or simply dig up lots of little seedlings – next year we will try using a supersonic (or is it ultrasonic?) device to annoy them. In April the rickety plastic greenhouse blew down, sending most of the veg plants to the ground, out of their pots. Jean and I popped most of them back, but we got rather muddled with the labelling – which is why later in the year cucumbers had turned into pumpkins and climbing beans grew along the ground becos there was no frame for them to climb. The toms all got blight (No, I don't mean the two Walled Gardeners called Tom), which was a shame as we had tried really hard to look after them.
We continue to follow the rules- groups from different households don't mix, and we stay outdoors for tea break. In a few weeks’ time we will hold our end-of-season party – but only if the weather is OK for us to stay outside. Personally, as a scarecrow, I don't see a problem with this, but some people can't cope with soggy rained-on cake and the wind blowing a gale.
Finally, I must mention our Christmas Trees: this year we have limited numbers to sell, on account of a certain person who I shall not name, NOT buying enuf replacements in previous years. Could it be a lack of enthusiasm, becos the tree called Jean is no longer with us – I'll say no more. (A note from Jean – if you had the tree called Jean, and she is now alive and well, and growing in your garden, I would love to hear from you.)
Well, that's about it, and I haven't even mentioned that Rosie is getting on really well with her new retired pony friend Teddy – and that the dead tree by the pond blew down – and that we are always on the lookout for a few new people to come and join one of our gardening groups – give me a call (no, Jean sez give her a call, as the courgette I am using for telecommunication just now, does not receive a good signal.)
Me and Plackie are off to walk another marrowthon Love Scary.