On the 19th, Cheryl and I meet with Julie and Victoria to discuss our upcoming visit to Arizona. We also harvest loads of peas. They are so sweet! On the 24th, I come with Louise to do another harvest–and build a compost bin!
This was a big day! I assembled five benches (no small feat for me) and Catherine and I built (or just about built) a raised bed. The materials for the raised bed came from Glasgow Wood Recycling – a fantastic enterprise. Also purchased some used whisky barrels for raised beds! They look fantastic.
Catherine shows me her local community garden, and I learn loads – including practical experience with assembling a raised bed. This would come in useful!
On the 24th, Catherine and I met with Julie, Victoria, and Ruth to discuss further grant opportunities to help grow the garden and achieve its long-term sustainability.
Today me and Catherine went to Baltic Street Gardens, an amazing child-run community space. This is where Helen Trail (a post-doc from the University of Glasgow) researches. The site was set up by two brothers, and I met one of them. The outdoor centre also acts as a local food hub for the community in the East End of Glasgow. I really liked the raised beds! And there were chickens too. The kids seemed to be really enjoying using the space and feeling free.
Today, myself, along with Cheryl and a geography undergraduate (thanks Rachel!) head to the garden to clear the site and lots of weeding. We also plant some radish and salad leaves.
Today we were rained in – so I chat with Julie, Ruth, and Victoria about the future of the site and our summer plans. We discussed at length about how to integrate the garden into a diverse range of activities and lessons.
Out with Catherine and Julie for another fantastic day in the garden!
Our sunny streak continues, and so we made lots more progress in the garden!