Edible Garden Project

I've decided not waste my time as I wait for my name to get to the top of the allotment waiting list. I've realised that I know little or nothing about 'growing your own' and so in preparation for the time when and if I can begin an allotment I've started to learn now.

RaisedBed In the past few weeks I've constructed a 'raised bed' from some scrap wood found in the garage and bought some seeds, some seedlings and three forms of container.

In this image you can see my veggie raised bed with some onions already in place, I am waiting with baited breath for signs of rows of a variety of seeds I've also planted to appear. On the right is my 'grow potatoes in a bag' trial, they've already  begun to show signs of successful growth. On the left is my second form of container, a grow-bag with three varieties of tomatoes.

This small edible garden is placed to the side of my house. The front garden is large and presently decorative while the small rear garden was described as a 'patio garden' by the builder when we bought the house and too small for a vegetable plot.

Strawberries Nonetheless I've smuggled my third container trial into the patio area.

Here three varieties of strawberries appear to be thriving, while behind the container I've placed a 'bumble-bee' nest box. I've already observed one bee investigate the box, so I hope to have more to report on this soon .

Let me say I have not given up on my campaign for more allotments in Formby, I am investigating some possible sites as I write, but I want to be prepared and get fitter while I wait.

It was the question of fitness which led me to interrupt a group of dignitaries from the Formby Swimming Pool management team today as they walked around the swimming pool site.

I was out on one of my regular cycle rides when I spotted them and took the opportunity to suggest that they could help to support a Formby 'Edible Gardens' Project. I explained  that they could reserve a small part of their site for a small demonstration plot using some of the ideas I've described above. I know I'd welcome some advice and instructions on how best to turn a corner of my garden into an a source of local food. I suspect many other Formby residents young and old would also welcome the opportunity to learn how to 'grow their own'.

This brings me my final comments, are you growing food in your garden? Would you like to? I'd be very happy to facilitate a 'Formby Edible Gardens Project', would you be prepared to join a group, grow your own and perhaps even exhibit the results later in the year?

Contact me if you want to take the idea forward.

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Hi Sean ; I love the idea of coming together as a community to share spaces, skills,
Seeds and ideas etc. I would be really interested in being a part of something like this and know of a few others that would too.
For the past few years I've visited and participated at the Findhorn community in Scotland where a beautiful organic fruit and vegetable garden is pretty central to what they do.
Each time i've returned home to Formby, I have wondered if something similar
Could be started here, so you can imagine how pleased I was to hear about your edible gardens project.
Hope to speak to you soon.
Nicky Gerrard

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