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The plotters have been weeding and watering their beds in earnest and have been enthusiastically reaping the rewards. Jagroop gazed over at his plot with a satisfied smile, and was surprised to find that he had enough salad and spinach leaves to share with fellow plotter Kathryn.
Diana has eaten all of her lettuce and is keen to put in more, and she especially likes her baby spinach leaves in with her mixed salads.
The children from Slough Refugee Support have been harvesting broad beans and garlic from their larger plot next door, and have been sharing out their pickings with our Plotters.
I think we have the upper hand on the old slug battle for the time being as the soil is so dry our plotters have a “dust mulch” around their vegetables. The slugs don’t find this so easy to slip across, and the plantlets are getting strong enough to survive small attacks.
Even though the rain would be most welcome, this dry spell is keeping those critters at bay. The copper tubing is also working a treat, so all the susceptible plants like the courgettes and squashes are managing to really get going.
I must say that working on the plot isn’t all hard work. Once the general maintenance has been done, then the successional sowings of quick maturing vegetables and salads that give us a constant supplies of fresh leaves, it's really nice to have the opportunity to have a wander around and check out what fellow gardeners have been up to.
We’ve made many friends from adjoining and nearby plots who share not only their knowledge and experience with us, but also send spare plants and seeds our way too. Gardeners are such a generous breed!
Our plotters are also a very “caring and sharing” bunch, helping each other out and having a few chats and chuckles - I have noticed a certain pair of gentlemen do quite a bit of that over the compost bin!
The plotters like to have a bit of time out and listen to the birds and of course the trains and planes that go by reminding us that we live in Slough where everyone seems to be in a hurry.
|"We are growing friends here, not just food"|
|Allison Wragg |
I suppose that’s the lovely thing about Ragstone Road, it’s an unlikely oasis in this bustling town. A place to meet people who you would probably never bump into in your everyday life, plus we get to grow nutritious food like it used to taste before mass production.
Being on the plot this week has really made me smile. We are growing friends here, not just food..
Allison Wragg is the Community Food Gardener for the SEEDS Trust (funded through SHAPE by The Big Lottery Fund)