Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Garden's Polytunnel

"A lot of people do find it hard doing the heavy work - the digging and bending down. So a lot of it is based on raised beds."
The garden has produced an array of salad and vegetables, and Karen is particularly proud of the lettuces which have grown.
"It's fantastic and they get used in the church kitchen," she said.
Carrots, radishes, and tomatoes are grown in the garden's polytunnel.
However, as the seasons change and the temperature falls, Karen explains how it's not always easy to maintain the garden.
"In the winter you have tidying up to do and the compost to sort out - It's not quite as glamorous as gardening in the summer."
But for Suzie and Karen, growing produce at the church is not only a great way for their students to learn and get involved with gardening - it is about creating a sense of community spirit.
Karen says: "It gets the place connected into the community and anything to do with healthy eating goes down really well in places like Aspley, as there's not a lot of posh food shops."
Suzie, director of Life, has a vision in mind for the future of the project as she hopes to head towards a social enterprise, a non-profit making company working for the community.
The aim is for the produce to be sold to the public.
"We have had a couple of ideas about edible bouquets, with things in it that look pretty like parsley," she said.
The group recently set up another base at Clifton Community Centre and Suzie hopes the group can continue with its achievements and develop an allotment there with the same success as they have had in Aspley.

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