It was a sunny afternoon in the garden today... just a few of us plus a couple of parks users joining us for tea and biscuits.
We finished off the Plant Plaza - finishing some boxes made of old decking and pallets.
We also got lots more leaves raked up and into the bins - now we think we need more of them (bins not leaves).
We prepared lots of coloured dogwood cuttings (about four colours) and put them in one of the beds - 'very artistically'.
If they take, we could use these plants in the green area, or give them away to other community garden spaces.
And we prepared the rest of the cut dogwood for weaving and garden structure making and graded it in size (which took ages!).
We also did some gentle planning for the two long-grass areas that won't have meadow this year. In one area, nearest to the soft fruit, we think we will mow some clearings with 'interesting paths' between them. We had a go with the push mower but it looked like the mowing person might give himself a hernia. We were thinking, eventually, that some kind of trees (multi-stemmed birch would be nice?) within permanent-planted beds between the clearings. They would give it some height and also all-year interest.
On the side nearest to the pond, we are thinking about letting the grass grow long this year, without mowing and seeing what the cornfield flowers do. There is lots of growth already. In the winter, we could plant several standard fruit trees, like a small orchard.
We also thought it would be good to have some informal coppiced trees 'in front' of the pond, eventually - maybe grow some hazel (or similar) that we could cut for stakes etc.