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February 16

11 pallets of compost were delivered to Hemel Food Garden in readiness for the planting which is to start very soon.  The trainees grow the bedding plant order for Dacorum Borough Council, some 76,000 summer plants, a huge team project everyone to get involved with on that site.  In addition they grow other plants and vegetables to sell to the public in the farm shop.  Open Monday to Saturday, 11am – 3pm, it champions local producers selling their produce as well as our own.

August 15

A busy time for all the sites harvesting our lovely fruit and vegetables but also keeping up with all the weeding and grass cutting too!  So many jobs to do but at least it has been fairly dry to be outside.

Planting out

Dacorum Borough Council are currently planting out the bedding plants which have been carefully grown at our Hemel Food Garden site over the past months.  90,000 geraniums, begonias, marigolds and osteospermums have been grown in our greenhouse along with numerous hanging baskets to brighten up the local communal areas.

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Cold & frosty!

A very cold day today, particularly on our Northchurch site which is very exposed.  They are waiting for the sun to warm the hosepipe so that they can get water to top up the chickens bowls!

New staff

We are delighted to have appointed four new Project Workers who will be joining us soon.

November

At the Activity Centre we have been busy replacing the posts in the soft fruit area which have worn over the years.

The team at Hemel Food Garden are still working their way through the thousands of plant pots which need washing so that we can reuse them.

October

We had a visit from the High Sheriff, Mayor of Dacorum, Deputy Lieutenant of Hertfordshire and the CEO of Dacorum Borough Council who came to see the Memoir Garden at the Activity Centre.  They were each presented with a copy of the book of poetry The Memoir Garden by three of the poets – Roxy, Tim and Noreen.

August 2014

Plenty of produce to harvest including plums, runner beans, salad leaves, beetroot, tomatoes, aubergines, courgettes, marrow & cauliflower.

At Hemel Food Garden

The team there have been cleaning and sterilising all the plastic pots which we recycle.  They are getting ready for next year’s bedding contract even thought this year’s plants have only just all gone out!

At Northchurch

They are busy regularly harvesting produce.  Soon it will be time for the annual treatment for the chicken coups to keep them clean and insect free.

At the Activity Centre

Most of the soft fruit has now been picked and the team is tackling the weeds which have thrived there in the warm weather.  It’s hot and thirsty work for all.

The bedding contract

All the flowers have now been collected by Dacorum Borough Council and planted up in public spaces and roundabouts in the local area.  Lots of flowers now for sale at Hemel Food Garden

Planting up begonias

It has been all go at Hemel Food Garden growing the 90,000 plants ordered by Dacorum Borough Council.  yesterday a small group planted up 4,000 begonias.  Well done!

Pumpkins

The team at the Activity Centre have been busy planting pumpkins.  We had a brilliant crop last year which were very popular on our market stall and in our shops.

Creation of the physical Memoir Garden

The survey has taken place at the Activity Centre which is where the physical Memoir Garden is to be created and work will begin in the Spring creating this space.

Washing pots

We have been busy washing all our plant pots and container and getting them ready for planting up.  It will soon be time to begin growing all our vegetables, plants and herbs.  Some plants have been growing over the winter and we have grown a small leaf salad crop continually for selling in bags.

The Memoir Garden

The book of poems written by Emma Claire Sweeney from words from our trainees is selling well. You can get your copy from Waterstones in Berkhamsted or from our Farm Shop at Hemel Food Garden open 10-3 Monday to Saturday

Gardening contracts

The flower bed in Northchurch by the local shops has had its regular visit and been weeded and 80 bedding plants sown which were kindly donated by Sunnyside Nursery.

Prize winners at Bovingdon Horticultural Show

Michael Ross, one of our volunteers displayed produce grown by us and we won 1st prize for our Strawberries and 2nd place for our Beetroot. Well done all!