Spring seems finally to be upon us and things have started growing with gusto in the Station Garden. Unfortunately a good proportion of them are weeds!
Jean, Nadia and I met at the garden for a spot of weeding and general tidying up on 14 April. It was good to see several things sprouting up aside from weeds. A plethora of forget-me-nots are covering many parts of the garden. Other than where they were interfering with other plants, we left these because they look very pretty. The flowers are edible and can be used to garnish salads (or cocktails!)
Chard and perpetual spinach have been growing apace, although the leaves looked a bit tough for culinary use. Nadia cut them back for composting. Hopefully they will now grow some tender young leaves that we can harvest on a cut and come again basis throughout the summer. What appears to be a purple sprouting broccoli plant (did anyone plant one last year?) has also survived the winter.
Other randoms include some peas that have self-seeded. I've stuck in some of the dried out fennel from last year as makeshift canes for them to climb up. Other plants doing well include onions and garlic, wild strawberries, gooseberry bushes, and many herbs (sage, rosemary, oregano, marjoram, lemon balm, and bay and parsley in pots).
More planting is waiting to be done. Tomato and basil seedlings are maturing in the plastic greenhouse at the garden, and I'm popping down most evenings to water these and the plants in pots. I have dwarf beans, courgettes and summer squash coming on in my mini nursery at home, some of which will be planted out in the garden.
6 May is the 150th anniversary of Wivenhoe station and celebrations have been organised by the lovely Off The Rails from 12 noon. Many people are expected to visit the Station to view the unveiling of a commemorative plaque, an exhibition of photography and other artworks, and there will be stalls, kids activities and fun in the car park of the Station pub. The garden will be open to visitors from 12-2; come and have a chat with us and see what we're doing there.