Spring Equinox: The Big Dig!
We had a great time, with over thirty of us enjoying good – but windy! – weather to transform our two organic community allotments on the Weald from their hibernating state to being ready for Spring.
Beds were dug, compost added, weeds removed, seeds sown and old wood burned.
Afterwards we relaxed with a BBQ and delicious home-made cakes.
If you missed out, put Sunday 21 June in your diary for our Summer solstice celebration!
You might wonder what exactly organic gardening is, or what we do that’s so different to any other gardener out there. The simple answer is that we don’t use synthetic fertilisers or pesticides on our plants.
But it’s a little more than that. When you garden organically, you think of your plants as part of a whole system within nature, starting in the soil and including the water supply, and ending in people, wildlife and insects. We want to work in harmony with nature and to minimise and continually replenish any resources our gardens consume.
These are the basic principles of organic gardening:
Learn to love your soil
Get to know your soil (whether it’s clay or chalk, for example) and its acidity level. This will help you to grow plants that suit the conditions you’ve got
Keep your soil covered with plants and mulches to protect and nurture it
Use additional organic fertilisers sparingly – too much can upset the natural balance