Potatoes

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Over the past couple of years, we have grown potatoes in the community garden with varying success. So, at the start of this year I decided to get some professional advice from an organic farmer. I asked him where the best place to buy seed potatoes is, and he told me that it’s difficult to find good quality seed potatoes that don’t cost a fortune. A couple of days later, I saw some seed potatoes in Wilko for £2.50 – £3.00 per bag. Working on the assumption that maybe 50% of the crop would grow, I bought lots. Three months later, we are shocked and thrilled to announce that ALL of the potatoes have grown. ALOT. Today, we harvested the first of them. I haven’t had a chance to try them yet, but they look delicious.

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Thanks to Carol from Mackintosh Community Garden who gifted us some new plants this year, we once again have strawberries growing in the garden. There have only been two ripe ones so far, but there are lots more growing. Martyn also did a fab job of designing and making an up-planter from some plastic piping that the local builders were throwing away.

Gooseberry and blackcurrant season is also upon us once again. Get down to the garden Saturday 10am-2pm if you’d like to pick some fresh, tasty berries. You might even find a few raspberries and red berries.

We had lots of visitors in the garden today. It’s fascinating to meet all the different people who use produce from the garden for very different reasons. A lady came in with her children and asked if she could pick some of the plums. I told her they’re not ripe yet, and she explained that she wants the green ones to use in a medicine she makes.

Some of the children from Mackintosh Community Garden came along and watered the flowers and vegetables for us. This is such an important job at this time of year, so we really appreciate their help.

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After closing Plasnewydd Community Garden today, I joined the volunteers at Mackintosh Community Garden for The Great Get Together. Wow, what a party! It was great to see so many people coming together to enjoy the garden and each other’s company.

Don’t forget, Plasnewydd Community Garden is open every Saturday 10am-2pm. We love having visitors, so please come along and say hello. This Wednesday, 21st June, we also have a very special event. A herbalist will be visiting us in the garden 6-7pm to teach us more about the herbs we grow in the garden and how we can use them.

We hope to see you all soon 🙂