Friday Tidy update…

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.

Can you spot the butterfly?

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.

Looking good, don’t you think?

It can be thirsty work, so a big thank you to the lovely folks at the Kingfisher for bringing us a much needed drink!

Friday Tidy in August!

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.

Join us if you can – we’ll be there 10:00-12:00.

Cigarette butts in soil hamper plant growth…

Whenever we are weeding or watering at the Kingfisher beds, we invariably find quite a bit of litter hidden among the plants – parking tickets, broken bottles, empty cans and, most noticeably, a lot of cigarette butts.

There is an interesting article on the BBC news site today about a study, “led by Anglia Ruskin University, [which] found the presence of butts in soil reduced the germination success and shoot length of clover by 27% and 28% respectively.

Lead author Dr Dannielle Green said while dropping butts seemed to be “socially acceptable”, they had the ability to “cause serious damage to the environment”.

“Ryegrass and white clover, the two species we tested, are important forage crops for livestock as well as being commonly found in urban green spaces.

“These plants support a wealth of biodiversity, even in city parks, and white clover is ecologically important for pollinators and nitrogen fixation.”

She said that the filters can take years, if not decades, to break down.”

Read the full article here on the BBC website.

…and another thing!

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.

Ta dah!

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.

Even as we were planting, the pollinators were buzzing around.

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!

Quay Plant Fair Market Hill…

Hello to everyone who braved the chill wind on Monday and made it down to the plant fair. We had a great time meeting old friends and having lovely ‘green’ conversations with new folk. If you took one of our cards, we hope you’ve had a look through the blog to find out what we’ve been doing.

We were delighted to sell most of our plants – all of which were home-grown. Every single penny raised goes towards buying new plants to make Sudbury greener. Thank you!

Do come and join us for one of our Friday Tidy meet-ups, if you have the time!