Join us at the Quay – we’ll have a bit of a tidy up and get some weeding done.
Yesterday, we were very pleased to see that the pollinator bed has not only survived, it appears to be thriving. A little bit of weeding, some dead-heading, and a good watering was all it needed. We will add bulbs and other plants as we go into late summer and Autumn to fill all the empty spaces.
The edible bed needed a bit more tlc. So, we’ve trimmed back the rosemary and lavender, got rid of the weeds and grass that had sprung up in between the main plants, and added a few bits and bobs, including marigolds, for colour.
It can be thirsty work, so a big thank you to the lovely folks at the Kingfisher for bringing us a much needed drink!
It’s August already! We have had extreme heat and torrential downpours, but hopefully our newly planted pollinator bed at the Kingfisher has survived all that nature has thrown at it in the last couple of weeks.
This Friday we will visit the Kingfisher to check on the pollinator bed and to tackle the edible bed just around the corner – a bit of weeding, a bit of cutting back, and some planting.
Three posts in one day? Only because we wanted to share the pictures taken today by another of our team when she was down at the Quay doing her own Friday Tidy there.
Apparently there are very few sunflowers this year, but lots of poppies and alpine strawberries, as well as the fruit trees and bushes. All of the rain we’ve had has not stopped the soil turning to dust now that the sun is out, but it’s all still looking good.
Well, if we do say so ourselves, even a last minute Friday Tidy can achieve a lot. Our new ‘pollinator’ bed (previously a wildflower bed) had been cleared ready for planting – but all the rain, and now the sunshine, meant that when we went along today we had to clear it all again!
Once cleared we added in some fresh compost, and started planting up. First one in…!
So far, we have planted sedums, marigolds, pasque flowers, verbena bonariensus, wallflowers, cerinthe, nicotiana and more. We will add more plants later to fill the space and try to ensure colour, interest (and nectar) year round.
A particular thank you to John, who came along at such short notice – we’d have struggled to get quite as much done without you!
Yesterday’s Friday Tidy was all about preparation after our wildflower bed at the Kingfisher had got slightly out of hand. With some wildflowers and grasses doing much better than others and beginning to dominate the bed, we were starting to lose the healthy diversity, the colour and the interest we had aimed for. Such is life!
So, as mentioned before, we’ve made the decision to change the bed to make it even more pollinator friendly, and to try to make it much more interesting and colourful all year round. In the next month we will rejuvenate the soil, and begin planting. Watch this space!
We plan to dig out the old wildflower bed, and get it ready for planting up with nectar rich plants for bugs, bees and butterflies. New faces always welcome – just come along ready for some gardening!