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It seems a while since I started on 'our green patch' at the Southsea Green space (opposite Canoe Lake). When we were offered a patch we had little idea of what we were going to plant and a bit of a mix of experience of vegetable growing. What we did have is some enthusiasm to just dive in and have a go at it. I have always loved gardening and in the past I have successfully had a garden full of veg, but that was way in the past. Apart from a few tomatoes and a fig tree and some lovely herbs I had not grown anything other than flowers. We made a trip out to a friendly horse stables in Denmead to get 'some good poo'. We added in some organic mulched compost and dug it all in to the patch that had been left for a while and looked a bit dry. I painted some signs and some green insignia around the outside edge and we were ready to go. Soon we were planting up courgettes, leeks, a herb garden with sage, rosemary and cress, purple sprouting broccoli, garlic, spring onions and peppers. Jo installed a watering system of old plastic milk cartons with holes in so that we could keep the soil moist more constantly when its hot and the ground gets dry . Within a short space of time our patch was looking really healthy and although we had some casualties along the way, the vast majority of plants grew and kept on growing. During the winter months we have not visited so much but our plants still look healthy and thriving.
Southsea Green (map) also serves a very different purpose, not just to tend your veg and dig the ground, but also to form friendships with the others in the garden. There are times when you can meet up and swap seeds and bulbs, taste each others produce and get gardening tips. The space is a really nice place to meet up (especially when the sun is shining) and I hope to get down there with the group a lot more in the coming months. I only wish we lived a little nearer and we would be watching the crops a little more constantly. This week I visited again to plant some pea seeds that have all come along very nicely in my shed for the past 3 weeks.
Looking forward to a little harvest of broccoli soon and maybe some sweet smelling wild flowers.
If you are interested in coming along and being a bit green fingered (or brown if you are prepared to get your hands a bit dirty) please get in touch. :) Tracey
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