After two years or more on the Vastre estate, behind the Cwm Harry compost factory it is a real thrill to be in a much more central location and working with students and volunteers at our new base at Coleg Powys. We have been offering work experience placements to students from the college, who have been taking in part in sessions looking at the future of energy and food as well as getting involved in work on the ground itself..
Our Monday group worked hard on a grey drizzly day making a ‘dead hedge’ from old hedge trimmings as well as constructing A frames to do some basic survey work mapping the contours in the field, where the main veg growing beds are planned to go.
The other job we have been hard at is clearing all the dead poplar poles at the top of the garden. We really wanted to get these cleared as it is a visible sign of progress and we are keen for neighbours and passers by to notice that things are underway here. We now have two young men here on work experience placement, and they plan to be with us all year and will have the chance to get involved in a variety of tasks over that time.. helping us get the garden ready for the coming growing season. There is no shortage of things to be done… just getting ready, let alone actually producing any actual produce… that will come later.
We have another little interesting challenge at hand as well…. we have been invited to grow some salad leaves to be served as a live selection for an event featuring local food. Easy enough i guess, but we have the challenge of getting all the details right, not least the timing.. so that they are ready just in time, not too soon and not too late. We have also experimented with different growing mediums, seed mixes and by thinning some out and not others.. when you come think about there are a great many variables to explore to get it exactly right!