We started work on the garden in April 2013 when we heard we’d been successful in bidding for funding from the Elspeth Thompson Bursary. You can see an outline drawing of the original garden plan here.
The garden has been developed in 3 phases over the course of the first year: These are detailed below.
The Year April 2015/16
Our theme for the raised beds in the spring/summer/autumn of 2015 was ‘colourful vegetables’ where we were aiming to grow such things as black tomatoes, purple carrots and yellow beans. We hope that you saw these – No photos alas, but we have these:-
We also tried growing potatoes in bags to see how well it works. Alas, we didn’t get chance to find out, as our bags were stolen. We hoped to use the potato theme for our family event in April, using our own potatoes – the theme continued, with potato printing, but a local supermarket provided our spuds. Our Plant Sale in May was also successful; planning for next years sale started in October.
Dates for these were all advertised on the Diary Dates, as will events in future years, so do come along.
THE EARLY STAGES OF CHARLTON STATION GARDEN
Phase 1 April- August 2013
- clearing the northern part of the area
- planting the Herb Garden
- installing 2 raised beds and planting up with vegetables and salad crops
- sowing seeds for a wildflower area
- planting a grapevine
- maintaining the planting
Phase 2 September-December 2013
- clearing the southern part of the area
- installing and planting up 2 more raised beds
- designing and planting a permanent wildlife-friendly flower garden
- planting fruit bushes
Phase 3 January – March 2014
- designing and planting a winter interest area alongside the platform, with shrubs which provide vibrant coloured stems, evergreen ground cover and flowers as well as snowdrops
- planting a comfrey bed for use as liquid feed
The Year April 2014/15
With the main elements of the garden in place, this year is the opportunity to turn our thoughts and plans to the new garden season in 2014 with seed sowing of vegetable and salad crops for the raised beds and planning for the AGM, Family and Childrens Event, Plant Sale and First Anniversary Party. Please take a look at Diary Dates page for more details.
We look forward to seeing many old and new friends this coming season.