Sunday November 4th saw the last gardening party of the year. It has been a very productive year, in all senses of the word. We have weathered a drought – with grateful thanks to our waterers and to the fire brigade, who helped us out by filling our empty water butt. Mike has also made some changes to the bike shed roof drainage and water collection so hopefully we will also collect water more efficiently.
We also urge you, helpers, commuters, all, to pick and use vegetables, salad leaves, herbs, fruit etc. as they become ready to eat.
Gardening starts again in February, but before then look out for information about our winter social. All involved with CCG are invited to meet up for dinner at a local restaurant.
Prunings from the buddleia
The sedum still looking good
The end of the afternoon
Visitors to the station will have noticed that the bed to the left of the exit gate is now filled with plants and a boxed in cherry tree. This has been planted in memory of Elaine Picton (1950 -2017), who lived locally, was a founder member of the Central Charlton Residents Association, a keen gardener and an early supporter of Charlton Community Gardens. She is much missed, particularly by her children, grandchildren and husband, who felt that a commemorative tree, planted locally, would be an appropriate memorial to her. The bed was cleared and planted up by her family with help from company workmates of her son. Barbara Holland, a local associate of CCGs, also helped with the design and development of the plot.
On 3rd November a group of our gardening volunteers arrived at Charlton Park to dig, mulch, “pipe” and plant up the bed behind the first orchard, and close to the Old Cottage Cafe. The ground was dug over and pipes for future watering needs laid below the surface. The area has also been given a wooden edging. The plot had proved to be very dry, particularly with last summers heat and lack of rain, as well as the dryness that comes from being next to a wall. The pipes/tubing should make sure that water gets directly to the roots. Fruit bushes were planted out and after the exertions of the morning, refreshments were available and much appreciated.
Fruit trees and bushes planted
Digging and weeding
To be dug in and planted
Rhubarb – Victoria
Raspberry – Autumn Bliss and Glen Ample
Gooseberry Hinomaki Yellow
Redcurrant – Rovanda
Blackberry Loch Tay
Blackcurrant Ben Sarek
Preparing the ground
The pipes, the pipes…
More pipes… or rather the same ones from a different angle
This rasberry will go here nicely.
All planted up…. later the bulbs
A welcome tea and a bit of cake
On the 12th November another planting session put in spring bulbs (Crocus, Narcissi, Daffodils) which have been donated by Royal Borough of Greenwich. The whole area was spread with leaves to make it appear undisturbed for the winter, which will hopefully protect the new planting from both animal, bird and human interference; though of course helpful bugs, insects and worms are more than welcome, even though they do attract the birds.
Planting the bulbs
Pre planted bulbs… and Mike