This is the blog that I prepared in January 2014 but could not access the website:
We have experienced awful weather these past couple of months with gales and torrential rain so there have not been many opportunities to do any gardening. Luckily we had felled the trees around the site beforehand, as they were restricting sunlight, and we have now finished cross cutting and storing the logs. These were shared with Rhyd Y Creauau, Field Studies Council who let us use their land. The remainder will be sold next year for income for our community group.
Nathan has analysed our soil for its Ph value and we have treated it accordingly. He will write up the findings more thoroughly and post it on his blog.
The soil is now warming up and we are planting out seedlings, hoping that we do not have any more ground frosts but we can't be sure. If we leave the seedlings in the greenhouse they may become too 'leggy' so, fingers crossed! So far we have onions, shallots, runner beans, peas, radishes and cabbages. Potatoes are chitting in the community building in preparation for planting out soon.
Our community group has use of a garden at Rhyd Y Creauau Field Studies Centre near Betws Y Coed, North Wales. This is about 3 miles away from the town in which we are based and is the nearest available area of garden. The area was unused so the head of the Field Studies Centre was pleased to make it available to us. As the centre is in regular use by visiting groups, including young people, our visits are restricted to weekends and one week day. This causes problems with regular watering etc. There is a large poly tunnel but, due to the watering issue we nurture seedlings at home until they can be planted in the garden.
We learned about sustainable gardening by resspecting permaculture principles. In that guide we assembled the most useful gardening tips for all who like to improve their gardening approaches.