Newtown food festival

food fest reducedWe had a busy weekend at the Newtown food festival. The stall looked great, full of locally grown produce. The weather was great too, which bought out lots of visitors to the event.

We do a regular market every Tuesday in Newtown and today was the first day that Dan our regular garden volunteer worked the stall. He will be taken over the running of the stall in a couple of weeks when Joe Ashley leaves to head off to Uni. Now is the perfect time to be buying local produce with the community garden and local growers producing masses of tasty seasonal harvest the stall is full of a wide variety of fruit and veg.

raised beds and nurseryBack in the garden at Pen Dinas everything is growing well and still thriving even though the night time temperatures are starting to drop. Now is the time to watch out for early frosts. In Llanidloes we have had a couple of light frosts this week, enough to kill off the squash leaves. If frost is looking likely in your area, cover plants with fleece overnight, uncover during the day otherwise things will stay damp and be susceptible to mildew.

blackberry picking

We have a bumper crop of fruit this year. Earlier in the season we have harvested strawberries and raspberries, but in the last few weeks we have had Discovery apples and most the plums. We are just starting to crop blackberries and hazel nuts.

The nursery is getting busy propagating plants for next year. Seri works on the nursery three days a week and is always busy. She can always do with a hand on a Wednesdays and is looking for some keen volunteers, it is a great opportunity for anyone wanting to gain some experience in propagating and nursery work. Please get in touch if you are interested. Plants are sold from site Monday to Friday and also are at the market on Tuesdays.

For anyone keen on taking on a micro allotment we are having a harvest get together on the 7th October at Pen Dinas, for all current and want to be micro allotment holders.