Taters and Chainsaws – The Gardening Club Returns


The Chorlton Good Neighbours Gardening Club has re-started after a late summer break and as you can imagine there was plenty for us to do.

We continued to harvest our sarpo mira potatoes that we’d planted in late June. The stalks and leaves had grown to triffid like proportions but we didn’t hold up much hope of much more than golf ball sized potatoes after the late planting. Fortunately all that rain and lovely compost in the raised beds had produced a lovely crop of whopping great potatoes. So far they have graced a leek and potato soup, delicious wedges and will be offered up for donations at next week’s coffee morning (well you have to show off don’t you!). And lets not forget our greens! – amongst the weeds we found lots of lovely kale, mizuna, rocket and other oriental salad leaves that have popped up in our raised beds. Another happy yet less delicious find was that there is a healthy population of worms in our raised beds. Always good to see!

But against the backdrop of nature’s bountiful creation, came the roar of a chainsaw and the sound of falling timber. A leylandii hedge and the branches of a central tree were throwing shadow onto an area we want to grow in – nature had to be tamed. Ian very bravely took down the offending vegetation and I stayed as far away as possible –  I’ve seen Texas Chainsaw Massacre and the images have stayed with me!! Fortunately no limbs were lost at this particular session and the plot is already looking so much more open and light. Great job Ian!
Today we also had the official opening of our patio area – kindly donated by Brammell Construction. Unfortunately with all we’d been up to on the plot our lovely new patio was looking a little bit muddy! Never mind, hopefully the big grins in our photo distracted from the dirt.
Our Gardening Sessions are 10-12 every Friday. If you would like to find out more contact us on 0161-881-2925 or come along to our office at St Ninian’s Church, Egerton Road South and have a look for yourself. 

Carolyn O’Hanlon

Development Worker