Winter

Although we’ve finished with the parties this year, there is a lot of winter work to do in preparation for next year’s growth. At the moment we are part way through building a steam lodge complete with brick path and archway, planting a hazel hedge and coppice, fixing benches and re-planting the border of the…

Autumn

We had a very busy summer, especially with the Friday party scene, with some great acts and increasing popularity. Our volunteer days have also been very productive and popular. Unfortunately, the dry spell killed off a few plants as the 1000 litre water butt ran dry for the first time. The runner beans haven’t set…

Summer

It’s looking like a busy summer ahead for the garden. As well as our routine monthly workdays, we are doing Digbeth First Friday parties each month until the clocks go back and hosting another two groups of NCS volunteers.  There’s a new outdoor kitchen area in progress and an expanded stage and seating area too….

Spring

Spring 2018 Though spring might not feel like it has arrived, it won’t be long before we are fully active in the garden. We’ve already had an early spring clean, with all the polystyrene blocks and other un-up-cycle-ables being taken away in a skip after 3 years of trying to find a use for them….

Winter

I’ve decided to do a quarterly newsletter instead of monthly, which should hopefully give a little more information and free me up to do a bit more with the community garden instagram and facebook pages. The garden is looking a little untidy at the moment due to the renovations in the Friends of the Earth…

November

November The garden was a little bit beaten up by the recent storms we’ve had, with the beech tree by the gate losing another couple of limbs. Those have been sorted out into the woodshed or for dead hedging material now though and no other trees seem to be damaged. As the winter draws in,…

October

It seems to be mushroom season, with all sorts popping through our mulched perennial beds and all over the garden recently, though few of them look particularly safe. We had a good volunteer day in September, managing to weed all the beds and discover that we have a good deal of compost from the cafe’s…

How to Encourage Bees into your Garden

It is very important to have bees in our gardens, as they fertilise our plants so they can grow and produce food. Cross-pollination helps at least 30 percent of the world’s crops, and 90 percent of our wild plants to thrive. Without bees to spread seeds, many plants—including food crops—would die off. British species face…

September

Having had a very busy August with NCS volunteers, the garden is looking well kept and full of life right now. But after our last Digbeth First Friday of the summer, the place will likely calm down towards its winter hibernation (with a possible bonfire week exception). The ponds are swarming with little froglets at…

August

We are gearing up for a busy August, with a First Friday this week and two National Citizens Service groups doing projects in the garden this week. We are hoping to do a bit of landscaping with them, including building a hugelkultur bed, mixing compost into all our annual beds, improving our insect hotel residencies,…

July

The last few weeks have seen some great weather and some really strong growth from many of our plants in the food growing area. The herb spiral is looking particularly vigorous with the basil mint, lavender and oregano reaching pretty much full size despite only being planted last September. The strawberries have been and gone…

June

We’ve had some good volunteer sessions and First Friday events here at the garden recently but unfortunately not the weather to match. But the garden is full of life with tadpoles rapidly turning into froglets and birds (including the first blue tit I’ve seen in the garden) more active with a few more feeders around….