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As we approach the winter, the maintenance jobs increase. Ensuring that the worsening weather doesn’t undo all previous hard work is itself, hard work.

Alongside the main plot is a steep bank which has eroded slightly over the years. Using the rocks and rubble that have been brought down, Alzbeta and I have constructed two terraces along it. The hope is that they will reduce the amount of soil brought down by the rain, preventing it from damaging the plots and anything planted.

We also plan to recycle more of the rocks to create a seating area in the garden. Using the stones will ensure drainage when it rains, as well as keeping costs down and being ecological.

I mentioned before that the plots had been prepared with muck and were waiting to be covered. We’ve since dug the muck into the soil. We looked into what could be planted now, ensuring an early crop next spring. Bulbs such as garlic and onions are able to survive the winter, while legumes like peas and broad beans will help nourish the soil, as well as providing a good crop. Planting legumes is always beneficial to a garden as they return nitrates to the soil, reducing the need for adding them back in using chemical fertilisers. Some plants leech the nitrates from the soil, affecting how well things grow. The plants of things like broad beans are also great for feeding to goats.

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We took all of this into account when choosing what to plant. We decided on the following vegetables;

  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • White Radish
  • Purple Radish
  • Black Radish
  • Pink Radish
  • Broad Beans
  • Peas
  • Rocket
  • Salsify

We also decided to plant flowers on the bank, hopefully, this will help towards reducing erosion. It will also brighten the garden up. Amongst others, we chose Purple Tansy and Red Clover as well as a seed mix specifically designed to attract bees. Attracting bees to the garden will not only help the bees themselves but will also improve the pollination chances of the plants.

 

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View from the garden in the spring

The idea behind Art House Caylus was to create a community garden. A place where people could grow and share their own produce. An aide to those on lower incomes, a chance to share knowledge and expertise. With the work being shared amongst those involved, with everyone getting something for their time.

In theory, it is simple. An exchange of time for goods. However, the original state of the garden made the practice a little more difficult. Rocks were moved, plants and trees cleared, and with time things progressed. From the start, the intent was to do things as ecologically as possible. Any rubble will be reincorporated into the garden, as much use as possible will be made of the existing features and plants. For this purpose, goats were used to clear the scrub and weeds that had grown up over the years of disuse.

For the garden itself, the plan is to grow as much sustainable fruit and veg as possible. Things that only need to be planted once, and re-flower and regrown year in year out, therefore getting maximum yield for minimum work. Already in the garden, there are several forms of fruit trees, which once tended, will flourish even more. Alongside this, there would naturally be a herb garden, for no practical garden would be complete without them. In addition to plants with culinary purposes, those with medicinal ones would also be incorporated.

This is a project which needs the help and support of the community. Whether in the form of time and physical assistance or expertise on anything from plants to construction. Any support would be more than welcome.