Tuesday 16th February 2016

What a joy to have a full day of dry sunny conditions. Most of the plots are still to wet to venture on, but we have the border beds which we can comfortably reach from the sides.

So we steadily finished cleaning up the globe artichoke/ bee flower border which we had tickled a bit last week. Invasive couch grass, some creeping buttercups and silverweed, some spreading nettles and a few deep-rooted docks were our targets. We tried to leave the wild pansies and the furry mullein – pretty useful “weeds”. (Allegedly the leaves of a full-grown mullein are Nature’s own Andrex Supersoft… We grow it more for its herbal properties. The pansies are “Heartsease” – more herbal properties.) We tidied the edges and made sure we disturbed the surface all over, hoping to induce the dormant poppy seeds from last year’s bumper show to germinate.

We sat soaking up the warm sunshine for a very long elevenses. We talked a lot, enjoying the creative energy that seemed to abound. And we watched four buzzards flying around overhead – and wondered how four?

Lunch was leisurely too, but by the end of the day we had done a great job on the border and lined up plenty more to do as the ground dries in the coming weeks – we hope!

Sometimes relaxing into it is the very best you can do.

We did.

Tuesdays in the Triangle Field (Community Supported Market Garden) are busy, sociable, friendly, relaxed, productive. Volunteers are made welcome, fed, watered and rewarded with produce. Let us know if you would like to join us either regularly, occasionally or just for a one-off pleasure.

Tel. 01743 761418 email: crabapplecom@hotmail.com

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