It’s harvest season – help yourself!

This week we dug up our patch of potatoes from the Albion Court plot, bundled them into paper bags and gave them away to local residents. It’s not the first crop we’ve had – there have been lots of herbs, some strawberries, kale and lavender. But it is the first proper meal we’ve been able to give away.

We also harvested a fine courgette, the first of many by the looks of things.

These are your vegetable plots. If you walk past and see something tasty, help yourself. Just make sure it’s ripe and ready, and save some for others too. Bon appetit!

Edward Street – Edibles coming soon

On the corner of Edward Street and Kingston Road is a patch of grass and an assemblage of scrub. The shrubs have generally been used as a place to dump empty drinks cans, but it’s a good portion of land and we can do something interesting with it.

Most of the shrubs had been extracted already, so this week the team were clearing away the weeds and preparing the ground.

And time for tea. Thanks Kim.

Since this is a good size plot on a prominent corner, we hope to do something special with it. We’ve been consulting with the local residents to find out what they’d like to see, and it’s on the masterplan for 2019.

Give us a sign!

The next time you walk down High Town Road, look out for the new sign on the Burr Street fruit and herb bed, making everything look official.

“This is a local community experiment in public food growing”, it says, informing people of what’s been planted, who’s behind it and how they can get involved – and inviting passers by to help themselves.

Join us every Wednesday

You can now join us in gardening High Town every Wednesday. Our friends at Noah have invited us to meet there, and we’ll head out around 10am. Everyone welcome.

We’ll still be organising work days on the weekends, so don’t worry if you’re not free mid-week. Wednesday sessions are for anyone who wants to join us in the regular maintenance of our growing number of growing spaces.

Fruit trees in Albion Court

Albion Court is a small green square between High Town Road and Wenlock Street. In the corner, right at the bottom of Cross Street, is a raised brick planter that wasn’t getting much love. This was the state of it when Edible High Town took it on:

After the heroic efforts of our gardeners and community volunteers, the rubbish has been cleared out and the shrubs cut away. With the patch clear, in December we were able to plant four dwarfing fruit trees in the space, making a mini-orchard. Two apple and two pear trees have gone in, with plans for herbs, vegetables and ground cover plants filling in the rest of the space in the spring.

There’s not much to see there are the moment, just a muddy square and some twiggy saplings, but watch this space…