Here we list things we are ready to do, things we'd like to do soon and things we are a bit unsure about and would like your ideas and comments. See also our wishlist page with suggestions from our regular gardeners and tea drinkers.
Please don't help yourself to any of the things on the list - we like to have a garden co-ordinator present to ensure we do things safely.
Plants: we are often planting up new beds. If you are splitting garden plants and are likely to have spares do contact us.
Things we are ready to do
Bat boxes - we have two donated ones to site in the garden.
Blackboard paint - re-paint potato planters, paint small signs, paint school sign.
Hugelmound - clear it, make a wooden edge and structure so we can grow kiwi berries (and maybe pumpkins).
Lean-to greenhouse - needs slabs and constructing next to the tool shed.
Living willow - plant some by the pond fence to add to the hazel.
Native hedge - needs some lopping.
Propagate - divide some plants: daylilies and ‘sedums’ in Autumn, kniphofia in spring; irises in Summer.
Signs - we need to make some new ones. We have most of the materials but just need to find some time.
Thistles - zero tolerance!
Tool shed - needs guttering, slabs around, waterbutt stands and waterbutts.
Tortoise - make for school.
Triangle bed - finish clearing the soil, a design and planting.
Weeding - usually lots.
Club hut - needs fitting out.
Gate for pond - needs a design and then making.
Water tower structure: needs a roof and a label.
Planning for next season.
We take stock of what we have grown from seed and small plants this year. Some plants did really well and others struggled with soil, drought and/or hot weather. Some plants were really popular and others less so. Some plants took a lot of watering or slug pelleting - and we don't want to use nets. The following annual produce plants could be grown (again):
Basil - did well in the raised beds - just grow regular sweet basil.
Beetroot - did well in the raised beds (probably choose the packs of mixed colours).
Carrots - children really liked pulling them.
Chard - did well in the raised beds (white chard tastes better); can do coloured mixes in the ground too.
Chop Suey Greens Shungiku - fast Autumn crop as baby leaves.
Climbing French beans - especially the purple ones.
Coriander - did well in the raised beds - need to sow in succession.
Dwarf French beans - did well in the raised beds but we planted them too densely. Have some purple snap beans that hold the beans above the leaves - easier to pick.
Garlic - bulbs planted September 2017. Do some more for 2018-2019.
Garlic (Chinese) chives - try again in the raised beds (they didn't germinate in 2017) - or find a plant.
Leeks - a few planted - didn’t do well.
Lemon verbena - popular with tea drinkers.
Lettuce - did well in the raised beds - probably choose the packs of mixed cut and come again.
Potatoes - did well in planters and bag - re-order for 2019.
Radishes - did well in the raised beds.
Rocket - did well in the raised beds - grow one type in succession.
Runner beans - did well.
Scented geraniums - popular with tea drinkers.
Spring onions - did well in the raised beds - try red and white ones.
Sweetcorn - even if we don't get much of a crop, they looked good in 2017 - didn’t do well in 2018.
Tomatoes - had a good year in 2018.
Turnips - did well.
Winter salad mix - try in raised beds.
Less keen on: aubergines (unless we get grafted ones); broad beans (masses of black fly in 2017); mint in the raised beds (it dries out - better in the ground); onions (take up too much space in the raised beds - fine in the narrow beds).
Fewer plants: courgettes - in 2017, the one in the raised bed was a bit of a thug; parsley (did well in 2017 but we had a lot of it and it dominated the beds); spinach - takes up a lot of space and not very pretty or popular.
Won't try to grow: brassicas such as chinese cabbage/mustard greens, cabbage, kale, pak choi (caterpillars eat them too readily); celeriac; cucumber (too much watering and space); dill (don't think anyone picked it).
Things we are almost ready for:
Croquet set: we have been donated a very old croquet set - or at least the hoops and a couple of mallets and a few balls. We will need to find some coloured pegs and make a finishing pegging-out post- can turn one on our pole lathe when we make it. They might be fun to play with in the green area.
Things we'd like to do but are missing some resources or information:
See our wishlist page.
Things we have completed:
Asparagus bed - plants grown from seed - September 2017.
Bay tree: planted a donated tree - October 2016.
Benches - nine have been restored and arm rests installed - April 2016. Re-painted in 2018.
Bird box Boulevard - August 2016. First residents in Spring 2018.
Bird Cafe - January 2016. Now retired. We could do it again if we had a volunteers and donated seed.
Blue chairs - repainted August 2016.
Blue terraced veg bed - March 2018.
Box plants in new perennial bed - February 2017
Bugopolis - re-made August 2016
Broad bean bed - December 2016.
Bumblebee nest pots - February 2016 - installed to the left of the entrance gate.
Cold frame - two down, one to go - April 2016.
Comfrey (and teasel) bed - July 2016.
Compost bins - January 2016.
Corner shrub bed - May 2017.
Club hut interior - new shelves, hooks, blackboard, noticeboard and removing the old carpets - December 2016.
Club hut roof and guttering: repaired in December 2015/January 2016.
Crabapple bed - June 2016.
Crocus borders - planted up November 2016.
Daffodil and narcussis planting - November 2016.
Dogwood hoops on gate - July 2017.
Fig tree - January 2017.
Fruit tree row - six cordon apples planted (January 2018).
Geckos and butterfly - repainted and installed August 2016.
Grass paths to club hut - January 2017.
Hardwood raised beds - December 2016.
Hatracks - re-stored - April 2016.
Hazel fence around the pond - March 2017.
Hedgehog feeder - November 2016 (now turned into a hibernating zone because we were just feeding mice!).
Herb raised bed - December 2016.
Hollyhock bed: new bed by the entrance ramp - planted with daffodils and two small hollyocks being grown on first - November 2016.
Hotbin - October 2018.
Jerusalem artichoke bed - May 2017.
Leaf bin - January 2016 - and second one in February and then two more over the summer.
Log circle - April 2016.
Low bench - repainted August 2016.
Meadow bench - September 2018.
Minibeast mansion - May 2016.
Mini pond - May 2017.
Mint bed - February 2017.
Mown paths - June 2016.
Narrow beds - all hand-prepared by March 2016 - and four extra ones where the raised beds will be - April 2016. Edged April 2017.
Native hedge - January 2017.
Passionflower wigwam - July 2017
Path edging - we found every edge to the tarmac twice. The high turf was graded down in height.
Paving by club hut - May 2017.
Perennial beds - from September 2016.
Perennial sown meadow - February 2017.
Perennial sweetpea wigwam - November 2017.
Plant Plaza - stand for plants (or marrows!) - March 2016.
Pond and decked area - designed and created by Guy Belcher, The Gaskin Brothers and garden volunteers. November 2016.
Pond-dipping benches - two made by April 2017.
Potato bed - October 2018.
Raised beds - made in October 2016 by Guy and Julian- just need filling and planting.
Redcurrant bed - October 2017.
Rhubarb row - February 2016.
Rosie the horse - July 2018.
Runner bean A frame and climbing French bean wigwams - May 2017.
Scented bed around Lorna's bench. June 2017.
Shady bed (by the water tower) - October 2017.
Sleeper bench - November 2017.
Spud planters - April 2017.
Standard apple tree (start of a mini orchard) - January 2018.
Stepping stones - cast in concrete, with seashells and ammonites - November 2016.
Stinky plant food urn (for plants): May 2017.
Straw bale raised beds - April 2018 and May 2018. Planted with pumpkins, squash and sunflowers in Summer 2018.
Sunflower bed - May 2016.
Sweetcorn bed - February 2017.
Sweet pea wigwam - April 2016, re-located in 2017.
Sweet pea supports: four woven red dogwood balls - May 2017.
Table tops - two made - April 2016.
Tool shed - September/October 2018.
Trestles - four made - for use for a workbench or table (April 2016).
Veg ditch 2 - July 2016.
Waterbutt stand: January 2016 and six waterbutts - March 2016.
Willow circle - December 2017.
Woodpile - April 2017.
Woodstore - October 2018.
Wormery - April 2016. Now a stinky plant food urn.
Worm digging bed - Feb 2018. Now a mint bed.
Last updated: 14 November 2018