It’s that time again! When gardeners everywhere reap the rewards of their hard earnt labours, take stock and put the garden to bed as well. However, there are still some joys in stall as the Co-ordin8 Allotment Group found out on their recent visit to their balmy allotment in Preston.
The allotmenting year had not come without its challenges this year… A dry growing season, torrential hail in June and gusts galore. As a result some things did better than others. Our lettuce were excellent as were our potatoes. Soft fruit in the form of gooseberries came up trumps but blackcurrants were poor due to our dry and breezy site.
Students got to take their produce home to enjoy with friends and family and also made new friends on the field, sharing a hand, advice and a well earned cuppa!
When crops had bolted all was not lost as seed was able to be harvested by our students to save air miles, costs and use in one of our popular ‘Seed Swaps.’ Cut flowers and interesting and unusual veggies were used in art and cookery sessions.
Co-ordinArt Sessions: Autumn Themes using donated produce from Coach Road Project (Devon Youth Offending Service).
Ian Hammond has a Master Class in ‘still life fruit’ with Clive Burton and produces some stunning results…
Ian Hammond’s ‘Still Life Fruit.’….’Comes to life!’
End Results an Artistic Seven-A-Day!
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Former tutor at St.Loyes College for the disabled.