And a pheasant… let us know if you see any unusual garden users! Thanks to Keith for the photo.
Our first frost was last night and it felled most of the dahlias and cosmos, which were looking splendid the day before. This is a bit earlier than in previous years - usually around bonfire night. Always a bit sad and it feels like winter is on the way. But we did some harvesting and also planting for next year, which seems a bit more forward looking.
[We aren’t very ‘social media’… we tend to post things on other pages and also talk to each other face to face].
Today, we have started a new Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NightingaleGardenCambridgeUK
A long name but, to our surprise, there are several Nightingale community gardens and groups - maybe we should do a tour? Hopefully, we will remain the only one in Cambridge UK.
We will aim to put updates and events on the Facebook page but do check the website home page for weather reports and cancellations.
We had a very useful Group meeting recently (notes are on the gardening page).
One item was to discuss the size and function of the polytunnel, which was funded (with S106 contributions) in June 2019.
We aim to order it in February 2020, and site it in front of the trees to the East of the club hut.
It will be 12 x 20 ft and have one side with a low bed for growing produce in the Summer, with staging above it in Spring and over winter. We will keep most of the area weed protected so we can use it flexibly for pots and also for learning sessions (and meetings). It will have double sliding doors at both ends so it can be accessible to wheelchairs and scooters. Looking forward to growing in it - especially since we seem to have rain most days at the moment…
On Sunday 11 August, we had a day off gardening at Nightingale and ventured to Peterborough - to see our community gardening good friends at West Raven Garden. We also wanted to see how people do scarecrow making - in this case with wooden ‘cross’ supports, several bags of clothes from charity shops, a few bales of fresh straw, a big ball of twine, scissors and marker pens. Some people used white bin bags for heads - but also pale cloth (including T shirts) works well. Hats are very handy.
The scariest scarecrow in the competition - we like his straw between his teeth.
Spotted in the garden last week. We all got quite excited! More about this mini beast on the Buglife website.
We also attempted to survey hedgehogs in the garden using a tunnel lent to us by Vic from the City Council (example on another website). This has some suitable food in the centre with some white paper either side and some masking tape attaching the paper to the base. The tape is painted with a vegetable oil and charcoal mix. When the hungry creature walks on the masking tape it will mark the white paper on the way out. We tried two places in the garden but just recorded a lot of mice feet and a couple of cat paws. It has been a long time since we saw hedgehog poo in the garden so maybe we don’t have any hedgehog visitors any longer. Let us know if you see them in the park after dark.
I took lots of photos in July of first sunflowers, sweetpeas, sweetcorn, new signs, globe artichokes just coming into flower, baby newts but now they seem rather out of date. Think I need to take some new ones now!
We were blessed by perfect weather and exceptionally good company - we think well over 80 people throughout the evening. We had a Scandinavian theme because it is their Midsummer Day on Friday 21 June - and because we like their outdoor-friendly customs and food.