What a wonderful day for starting work on the walled garden. The site is a sheltered sun trap with the Leeds-Liverpool canal floating lazily past. It truly felt like summer with bee’s and butterflies flying by. We experienced the first colours of the garden in the blooming wall flowers and deep oranges of uncovered madder root hidden amongst the tangle of weeds. We will even get a sample of dye from this first session!
The atmosphere was really relaxed but we achieved a lot. The giant Pampas grass was dug and tugged till the beast was lifted from the ground. We identified the existing colour plants hidden amongst the weeds, an exciting array of pretty flowers colourful leaves and baby tree’s. We tackled the unwanted plants of all shapes and sizes with an assortment of trowels, spades, secateurs and saws. The jobs varied in difficulty from hacking at the tough undergrowth to reading the plant guide, identifying the plants and writing display labels. The was a mysterious collection of stones with googly eyes hidden around the place that had to be collected because people were getting creeped out.
We had a great turn out of 10 people with a real variety of experience and friendly faces. We have students with knowledge and experience if natural dyes; experienced gardeners and permiculture experts as well as people taking part just to be outside and having fun.
The sessions will run for the next 5 Tuesdays starting an hour earlier (9.30am). If you are interested please get involved at any session. Bring pact lunches and grubby gear, Hyde Park Source can provide walking boots and over alls. If required and for any more information contact at firstname.lastname@example.org