May at the Polytunnel

polytunnel inllanbadarn fawr

3 years ago, the back garden that we share with our landlord and business partner was a dumping ground (literally) for his building firm at the time. It was littered with rubble and didn't look safe, let alone like a growing space.
We saw a heap of potential. 
After some considerable effort, it's transformed into a healthy and productive garden. 

A bright and motivated guy came to work for us as a chef back when we first took over the Treehouse. Meeting him was really fortuitous for us. 
He was a terrible chef but an excellent guy with many skills and an equally talented and kind partner. She was able to start managing the plot.  

Together they have taken total ownership over our plot and transformed it into something beautiful. I can't credit them enough for all they've done. 
They use huge creativity and volunteers (so grateful to these guys too) to power our locally grown crops. I should also note that this is only a part time venture for both of them - she is a plant biologist and he is an engineer. 

Not only does our shop benefit from this lovely venture, our daughter, who is 3, as well as the neighbours children also benefit from an edible, green space on our doorstep. It's great to be outside, every day. 


What's going on right now?

Overwintered crops (kale and chard being the main performers) have all finished and she (chief gardener) has let them go to seed for the next crop. Read about the importance of seed saving here

The polytunnel was slowly pushing up salad bits overwinter and all of a sudden has absolutely bloomed! This week saw the first harvest of mange tout (Addiena loved nibbling these as we harvested)

mange tout plants

There are lots of seedlings ready to go for the summer. 

Beans, peas and tomatoes should be the superstars this summer. Watch this space. 

The gardening team uses organic principles (there's no way we'll ever be able to afford getting certified on a plot this size), no dig and permaculture to varying degrees. This is why harvests are small (but big for the area) and very diverse. She uses her ingenuity and the pressure caused by a tight budget to recycle and source from a wide array of locations. 

I'll try to do a regular update of the plot, especially during the growing season. 

If you are looking to get your hands in the earth and can spare a regular slot, get in touch. We love volunteers. 

Thanks for reading
Morganne x

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