Strawberries for Eton Mess
The garden is in its glory and full of fresh produce. This year we have a really early crop of strawberries and raspberries and had a fantastic Eton Mess at our last Heart Garden lunch.
Some of the Heart Gardeners want to know how make the meringue so we will be running a demo in the near future.
We put up loads of netting to protect all the soft fruit from the birds. The weeds are growing fast too so we have been doing loads of weeding and loads of watering in the morning and early evening.
The foxes continue to cause havoc in the vegetable beds just outside the studio and we find the most wierd selection of large bones in the yard? Where do they find them?
We are hoping that the foxes will move on soon, perhaps they can find a new home one of the soon to be closed parts of Burgess Park…
More info of the Burgess Park closures on www.friendsofburgesspark.org.uk
Every Friday we have our regular Heart Garden sessions. Originally set up by Art in the Park artists in partnership with Southwark General Practices and health professionals,patients with CHD and long term illnesses can be referred to the project which has an emphasis on friendly, social activities and holistic health. Artist Jane Higginbottom and artist/ gardener Rebecca Scott co-ordinate a range of activities for the Heart Gardeners, the main involving gardening.
We will be documenting the Heart Garden’s weekly sessions which will include expert gardening tips.
Friday 5th Nov
Two weeks ago, they planted crocus and tete a tete into indoor pots so that they could flower for the upcoming christmas. Volunteer Brian and Rebecca underplanted mixed tulips in the bike racks (in front of studio) and overplanted them with winter pansies and polyanthus.
They also planted three fruit trees; two plums (‘opal’ and ‘president’) which are self fertile and an apple (‘cox orange pippin’) into large pots. It was not neccesary to have pollinating partners for them as next door’s nursery 1st Place already has some fruit trees. The fruit trees we have bought are all already grafted onto dwarf rootstock, so they will grow well in the pots.
How to plant a fruit tree
1. Plant with the scion (top bit/ fruit variety) 3 inches above soil level so the rootstock (graft – determines size of tree) doesn’t shoot.
2. Soak roots first in a bucket of water (bare rooted plant).
3. Spread roots out by mixing loamy soil with multi purpose compost (can add fish/ blood/ bone or some other organic fertiliser), water well in.
4. Stake with a stout piece of wood (this can be used as a label). The stake prevent root rock when it is windy.