TH community allotment in the making
A few years ago TH put its name down for an allotment. Having all but forgotten about this, we were excited when some allotments came up at Collards Lane. Following a visit, we put forward our preferences and were delighted to be awarded our first choice plot.
So here we are, with a brand new allotment. It is a lovely plot, laid to lawn with a couple of small trees in the middle and some roses and other shrubs one end. A small group of TH gardeners met on Friday to discuss the way forward. Over the next few weeks we will have to clear rubbish, set up a couple of raised beds and a compost area, and start growing seedlings on windowsills.
To knock the garden into shape we need certain items, and before we buy anything we would like to ask if you have any of these that you no longer need:
– garden shed
– gardening tools
– gardening hose
If the answer is ‘yes’, then please get in touch by emailing us email@example.com We’d be thrilled to hear from you!
In due course we will let you know about community gardening sessions. However, if anyone would like to commit to regular hard work right now, to get this off the ground and be part of the TH community garden from the start, you can contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will let you know what we are up to. Also, we will hold a seed-swap at the next Green Drinks, a good opportunity to meet us!
Green drinks theme – Plastic free living
We are going to have a theme for discussion for part of the evening at our green drinks gatherings from now on. Starting in March, our first theme is: ‘How can we reduce the amount of plastic in our lives?’
Plastic is everywhere. The trouble is it doesn’t bio-degrade, it’s made from unsustainable petrochemicals and we are in contact with it so much every day that it is already in our bloodstreams. Brigitte Kaltenbacher has been on a mission to reduce the plastic coming into her home and will share practical ways to reduce the amount of plastic we use and what the eco-friendly alternatives could be.
Please join us at the Royal Oak, Critchmere Lane, on Thursday 2 March from 7.30pm
Tree corner: Buds prepare for Spring
One of the most conspicuous events at this time of the year is the emergence of bright yellow catkins dangling from hazel trees. These are male flowers carrying pollen. You have to get up close to the stems to see the female flowers, which are tiny with little red styles. Hazel does not flower if shaded, which is why you can often see the catkins on roadside trees open to the sun, but not in woodland.
It is also a good time to look at the buds of trees as they prepare to open into flower or leaf. The buds are often distinctive. Ash has black buds like dirty fingernails; oaks have clusters of little egg-shaped buds. Beech and hornbeam have similar long thin buds; the beech lying flat against the stem, the hornbeam standing proud. The king is the horse chestnut, with big fat sticky buds that glisten in the winter sun – see photo.