Sahira Ward

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  • in reply to: Preparing the ground for planting onions, garlic and shallots #25731

    Sahira Ward
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    Hi Charles Incredible Edible Dunstable have been donated some broad beans plants from one of our supporters.  The plants look extremely  tender as if grown in a heated greenhouse to bring them on fast. I’ve left them outside in a sheltered spot to harden off and am worried as to where best to plant them in our community garden. Do you think they’d do best in a raised bed or over by the end of the raspberries where the sweetcorn came out. Do I need to fleece broad beans? All the beds have been top dressed with well rotted horse manure on our last public work day on 5th October and I plan to do the planting on Sunday 2nd November.  

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Kind regards

    Sahira

    in reply to: Runner beans in a temporary raised bed made of plastic pots #24831

    Sahira Ward
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    Hello Charles

    After reading your advice on French and Runner Beans in containers – spacing in your book please can you confirm that you would only plant two in each of the pots.

    Regards

    Sahira

    in reply to: Runner beans in a temporary raised bed made of plastic pots #24829

    Sahira Ward
    Member

    Now that’s going to be interesting! My six lesson plans were submitted and the school said they were very detailed and told me not to be disappointed if the children are not as enthusiastic as me, we’ll see!

    What is a jostaberry, do they propagate easy that was a hint by the way.

    Can you come over on 2nd March it’ll be our 3rd Public work morning 10 -12noon. We’ll be playing mud pies with the herb spiral if this rain doesn’t ever stop.x

    in reply to: Runner beans in a temporary raised bed made of plastic pots #24827

    Sahira Ward
    Member

    Hi Bluebell

    If this rainbow arch actually works we will have lots of little kiddies thinking it’s larlar land watering, and entertainers on stilts harvesting the beans. Do you think the raspberry canes should be showing any signs of growth yet?

    in reply to: planting rhubarb #23780

    Sahira Ward
    Member

    Hello Charles

    Unfortunately I failed to plant six pieces of rhubarb. They have been wrapped in paper in a plastic bag in my garage for about two months. There is a little dusting of mould on them but comes off easily, there does seem to be a bud on each piece. In your experience do you think they will be worth planting? I can send you a photo.

    Kind regards

    Sahira

    Happy New Year

    in reply to: Incredible Edible Dunstable #24095

    Sahira Ward
    Member

    Hi Charles

    Just wanted to say what a super video.

    My thanks to anyone that liked our photo on the Dunstable Council Photo Competition because we won and now our NO DIG garden will be on the front cover of Novembers issue of Talk of the Town magazine that goes out to 16,000 homes in Dunstable so I’m hoping with my 350 word article inside we will get a few new volunteers.

    We have got a huge event on Tuesday 29th October at 10am I’ve donated 18 raspberry plants to the garden from my allotment and the students I’m teaching gardening next year are coming in their half term holiday so that I can teach them to plant the raspberries and hopefully ask them to care for them. I’ve invited the Mayor and the newspaper. Just need lovely sunny weather to bring the people. Tesco are donating the ingredients for hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows they have been fantastic throughout all of this project. Visit our Face Book page to see how NO DIG has inspired this community garden.

    Regards

    Sahira

    in reply to: Incredible Edible Dunstable #24091

    Sahira Ward
    Member

    Thanks to the creation of our NO DIG Incredible Edible Garden in Katherine Drive and the hard work from our volunteers we were able to enter the garden in the contest under the Grow Your own category which helped to bring home a GOLD!

    Thank you for your inspiration and help from your forum Charles!

    Regards

    Sahira

    in reply to: Sacrificial raspberries? #24318

    Sahira Ward
    Member

    Thank you for your honest reply, Compostpope My problem is that I have to move my raspberry canes to our community garden from my allotment and I really need them to fruit next year without fail. They are in such a mess at the moment I might as well do it now, as Charles says it will give them more chance to root.

    Regards

    Sahira

    in reply to: Sacrificial raspberries? #24316

    Sahira Ward
    Member

    Hi Compostpope

    Did you move your raspberries and if so how did it go?

    Regards

    Sahira

    in reply to: Incredible Edible Dunstable #24089

    Sahira Ward
    Member

    Hello Charles

    Just wanted to thank you for showing me round Homeacres on Wednesday most inspired by all your hard work. One of the reasons that I thought I could make Incredible Edible Dunstable work was watching the transformation on my allotment from Dig to NO DIG and comparing it to other plots. Having your forum and all your advise so easy to access makes this incredible edible journey we’re on much more achievable.

    Please can you tell me the variety of the tomato that you gave me and are they hard to grow it really did go down very well with our Full English Breakfast today.

    Regards

    Sahira

    in reply to: Incredible Edible Dunstable #24087

    Sahira Ward
    Member

    Please come to our Community Garden’s Mega Make Over and Grand Opening in Katherine Drive Dunstable LU5 4NP
    Work starts by The Perfume Shop volunteers at 8am on Friday 5th July and
    Dunstable Town Mayor Mr John Chatterley cuts the ribbon at 4.45pm.
    A reporter and photographer from The Dunstable Gazette will be coming,
    Blue Watch will be making an appearance
    plus the Brownies will be planting broad beans they grew
    plus free organic strawberries all grown on my allotment.
    See my face book page Incredible Edible Dunstable
    or call me on 07905 116623 for more details.
    Would be so great if any of Charles’s NO DIG GARDENERS could come.

    Kind regards

    Sahira pronounced Syra.xx

    in reply to: Incredible Edible Dunstable #24085

    Sahira Ward
    Member

    Thanks for the info Charles.

    Yes it is extremely exciting. I asked Blue Watch if they fancied doing some watering and hose it all down when it’s ready they said yes and are ready and waiting for my call!

    So if anyone in the Dunstable area wants to help back fill these beds please come along.

    The Perfume Shop volunteers will be clearing Phase Two making a bench in the shape of a 50p piece for under the tree out of pallets and helping me to organise our Grand Opening on 5th July.

    Lots of our salad leaves have gone to seed in the trays is it worth planting them or start again, they do look pretty but I don’t know if the leaves will be edible now?

    Sahira

    in reply to: Incredible Edible Dunstable #24083

    Sahira Ward
    Member

    Hi Charles

    Please can you tell me the best way to achieve the best results with the horse manure and various grades of top soil. CBC’s green waste is not of any use at all as it is only practically composted and used on fallow fields and left for 2 years to breakdown. We will have 5 raised beds to fill measuring 1.2m x 6m x 225mm each with a 500mm path around them set on top of very dry poor soil that has had shrub roots dug out but many are still in the ground. We plan to put weed suppressant membrane on the paths but not inside the raised bed areas is this correct do you think cardboard would help stop the roots re-growing inside the beds.

    Thanks

    Sahira

    in reply to: Incredible Edible Dunstable #24082

    Sahira Ward
    Member

    I will test the council’s compost and find out how acid it really is. Then hopefully it will be ok to mix all three together.

    The real test will be on Sunday as to whether I have done enough to inspire anyone to get involved.

    Thank you for your help Charles.

    Sahira

    in reply to: Incredible Edible Dunstable #24080

    Sahira Ward
    Member

    Hello Charles

    I hope you are well and had a good day on the open gardens event.

    Fund raising is hard in the current climate with that in mind.

    Please can you tell me what you think of this idea.

    I have been asked to go and speak at the local school and wanted to ask the children if they could bring to the site when we need to fill the raised beds a double wrapped carrier bag of the soil from their gardens after asking their parents permission. I would ask that the soil has never been treated with glyphosate or any other weed killer and that is should contain as many worms, and creepy crawlies that the children can find. We can then use it to mix with the manure that I use at my allotment. I have decided that we will not be using the acid soil improver from the Council.

    Kind regards

    Sahira

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