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  • Derek – Friday 16th October 2020

    A cold start, the dawn sky like cut pomegranate, the road still, a light here and there, an invisible train behind the Victorian houses, rumbling out empty to the sea. I pull…

  • Derek – Friday 8th October 2020

    These autumn days, there are only a few flowers left in the garden. One that keeps going is the marigold. Not the French or the African variety, but the common marigold (Calendula…

  • Derek – Friday 2nd October 2020

    The Cereal Project has finished. Most of the plants are dead; once we have removed the ears of corn, the rest is straw. They are in cardboard boxes which have taken a…

  • Derek – Friday 27 September 2020

    The temperature has dropped eight degrees and the rains have come. It’s as if the equinox was the cut off, from summery weather. Meteorologically, this is Autumn. The Met office divides the…

  • Derek – Friday 18th September 2020

    Tea being vegetable matter, it seems obvious to put used tea bags on the compost heap. Unfortunately, nearly all tea bags have plastic film in them to hold the bag together in…

  • Derek – Friday 4th September 2020

    On Bank Holiday Monday, the Community Garden held a plant sale, and raised £786. Mostly from plants, but around two hundred of this came from food and drink and sale of bric-a-brac.…

  • Derek – Friday 28th August 2020

    Two weeks ago we had four consecutive days with temperatures over 30ºC. Now the temperature is below 20°. Summer is past; autumn has rushed in with two storms from across the Irish…

  • Derek – Friday 21st August 2020

    There’s blackfly (Aphis fabae) on the willow hedge in the far corner of the garden, near the stage. If you look through the leaves, you can see black clusters round the stems.…

  • Derek – Friday 14th August 2020

    Along Woodgrange Road, from the station to the Learning Zone, there are a number of planters, and some have fared better than others depending on whether people have been maintaining them. There…

  • Derek – Friday 7th August 2020

    The Community Garden is now open three days a week: Friday 1 – 3 pm, Saturday 1 – 3 pm, and Sunday 10 am – noon. Do come, it’ll be good to…