CGN garden settles in for autumn

November update on the Good Neighbours gardencgn-garden-nov-02

waiting for the baked potatoes to cook

The Good Neighbours garden is now getting much more sunshine now that the big willow tree has been pollarded. We have also started getting into have a small fire to cook baked potatoes, veggie sausages and the like at our Friday morning get togetherscollage-nov-2016 charlotte-at-cgn-03

Charlotte visisted the garden recently and is pictured here with one of the late flowering cosmos flowers that Tony had planted


……and here is Tony admiring his work cgn-garden-nov-01

Good Neighbours Garden update

Lots of borlotti beans to pick today (22-07-16) and runner beans too. They need very little maintenance and have grown really well this year in the raised bedscgn garden 22 July (1)

Here is Geraldine with some of the beans she has been pickingcgn garden 22 July (2)

Our little friend – a young robin (without the redbreast which they acquire later) perched on the raised bedcgn garden 22 July (3) cgn garden 22 July (4) cgn garden 22 July (5)

Our Cavolo nero or black kale always seems to do well. Tastes good and looks good too

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Some of this weeks haul – shallots, garlic, beans & courgettes

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CGN Garden update

Garden has been doing well recently, but not enough sunshine (for us and the plants). Still, we are beginning to enjoy some produce including rhubarb, peas, beans, courgettes, cauliflower, garlic and red currants. Rain eventually stopped play today (15th July) but beginning to think about our plans for the future, including some additional raised beds

Chorlton Open Garden day

Chorlton Open Garden day Sunday 26th June 2016

We had about 150 visitors to the Good Neighbours community garden on Chorlton Oen Gardens. Very enjoyable it was too

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Here is Geraldine talking to visitors about what we are growing in the raised beads

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Philip and friend enjoying a nice cup of tea

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Bernard taking home the cauliflowers which we harvested at the end of the open day as they were in their prime and would bolt if we left then there any longer

caulifower cheese

I Promised to take them home and cook a cauliflower cheese, so here it is. I freeze some then  bring  into next Friday’s garden club tp warm up and for all to have a tasteopen garden June 26 (1) open garden June 26 (2) open garden June 26 (3) open garden June 26 (4)

Good Neighbours Garden Spring & Summer 2015

Some photos from the Good Neighbours garden in Spring and Summer 2015

Bill in spring

Bill in the garden in Springkitten 01

Paul’s kitten – one of the ones abandoned outside Morrisons

kitten 02Paul potting in spring

Some early season plantingspring 01

Enjoying some of Tony’s jokes. He brings in the weekly collection to entertain usspring 02 spring 03

Planting a hanging basketspring 04

more seed sowingspring 05

tidying up the raised bedsspring 06 Bill takes a break

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Early summer and the raised beds begin to fill upsummer 02 summer 03

the first ripe tomatoes in the Greenhouse – Ferlines and Sungoldsummer 04 summer 05

Bill talks to Joan as they look at the vegetables that have been produced that weeksummer 06

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Tony gives us a wave

The Good Neighbours Garden in September

On Friday 19th September members of the Good Neighbours gardening club were out in the garden enjoying yer another lovely day. What a great September it has been for weather. You can see below some of the produce we have been picking

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Here Tony shows us the ripening tomatoes in the greenhouse. These are Ferline tomatoes. Even the ones outside have been doing well and are now ripening upcgn garden Sep 19 2014 (02)

A wider shot of the greenhouse shows how many of the tomaties are ripening. The smaller, orangey tomatoes are a variety called Sungold. They are one of the tasties tomatoes I have come acrosscgn garden Sep 19 2014 (01)

In this video Tony tells us some jokes. Each week he has a selection from each week’s jokes he has on a calendar (there is a joke for each day). As you can see, some are better than others!

Garden Update 4th April 14

Garden Update 4th April 14

We welcomed Paul back to the gardening group at Chorlton Good Neighbours, after he had been out of action for several months. We filled some bags with earth and put in some of the chitted potatoes and continued with the weeding of the Church garden at the fron

In the video, Geraldine explains the day’s plan

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Tony brought some glass beads  and a tile which he had found at the Oxfam shop. They will be used as part of the mosaic making project with a parent from Oswald Road Primary school who has been involved in similar project with the school

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Spring is on its way in the CGN garden


Spring is on its way in the CGN garden

We spent the usual Friday  morning, working (with plenty of stops for tea & coffee) in the Good Neighbours garden. Weather was the best of the year so far and we got plenty done. Lots of new seeds put into seed trays to germinate in the greenhouse. We included some exotic flowers & vegetables like quinoa and rats tales ‘chilli’ radishes

cgn garden 28-03-14 (1) Here is Bill in the greenhouse cgn garden 28-03-14 (2)

Some of the seed trays in the greenhousecgn garden 28-03-14 (3)

Geraldine and Bill potting up some seedscgn garden 28-03-14 (4)

Paulette weeding the Church’s front garden. Where we have weeded we scattered some wild flower seeds to brighten up the areacgn garden 28-03-14 (5)

Tony surveying his work cgn garden 28-03-14 (6)

cgn garden 28-03-14 (7)The tomato plants that Bernard has re-potted for later planting in the CGN greenhouse/The two varieties are Sungold and Ferline. Sungold are some of the tastiest tomatoes around and Ferline are supposed to show some resistance to blight,  fusarium and verticillium wilt

Planting some onions in the CGN Garden plot

Planting Onions on the Good Neighbours plot

Spring is happening but on this Friday in March (14-03-14) the weather was a bit chilly, especially as the previous Wednesday had been very warm.

We used our time productively to put a new hard tyre wheel on the wheelbarrow (why they usually have pneumatic tyres, that always puncture or deflate, I don’t know). We also moved some of the unrotted compost & leaves from the side of the greenhouse and put it in bags to slowly rot down

We were able to use our refurbished wheelbarrow to take them all to the back of the Church Hall where we intend to plant some fruit bushes when we get round to it

We also planted some onions sets – white Stuttgarter Giant and red Karmen which we planted in one of the raised beds. Some of our onions have over-wintered well in the other raised bed so hopefully we will get a succession of onions to pick later in the summercgn garden 14-03-14 (1)

cgn garden 14-03-14 (2)Tony bagging up some of the semi-rotted compostcgn garden 14-03-14 (3)

Geraldine & Tony having a chat about what to do nextcgn garden 14-03-14 (4)Planting the onion sets

Spring is on its way

Spring is on its way in the Good Neighbours garden…….

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Here are some of the group enjoying the spring like sunshine on the last day of February – Paulette, Bernard, Geraldine and Tonycgn garden 28-02-14 (02)

We had ordered the three replacement panes of strengthened glass and John came to put those in. That, together with the 6 panes that we had put back the previous week meant that the greenhouse was now back to  its complete self. Let’s just hope we don’t get gales like the ones we had in January again sooncgn garden 28-02-14 (06)

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We always make time to have a cup of tea and a biscuitcgn garden 28-02-14 (07)

Peter who had been one of the first volunteers in the garden has recently moved to Preston, but on his visit to Manchester he came down to see how the garden was going and was very impressed

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At the side of the garden, behind the church is a narrow passagewaycgn garden 28-02-14 (04)

At the far end it widens out and we thought that maybe we could plant some fruit bushes that can take it being a bit shady (though as you can see it does get some sun)cgn garden 28-02-14 (03)Here is Tony spraying the weeds to clear the ground before we try to find out how best to enrich the soil and plant some bushes

CGN Greenhouse – repairs after the gale

Repairs after the gale

This Friday (19-02-14) we had John’s assistance in beginning to repair the greenhouse after the damage caused by the recent gale. Altogether 9 windows were blown out and 3 of them smashed. So the reinforced glass stood up pretty well and the pieces of glass weren’t dangerous shards but like the starred bits from a shattered windscreen

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John putting in the butterfly clips to hold in an intact window pane being replaced in the greenhousecgn 19-02-14 (01)

Another pane of glass ready to go back incgn 19-02-14 (02)

Geraldine and Bill inspecting the newly planted seed trayscgn 19-02-14 (03)

One of the angled pieces of glass that survived being put back into placecgn 19-02-14 (04)

Bill carrying a watering can ready to water the seedlingscgn 19-02-14 (05)

Tony looking ascsheerful as evercgn 19-02-14 (06)

Newcomer Tom and CGN worker Diane inspecting the greenhousecgn 19-02-14 (07)Bill collecting some of the finished compost ready to put on the raised beds

Garden Club surveys the storm damage

Storm Damage

The great storm of 13th Feb 2014 will certainly be remembered in Manchester. With winds of over 70 mph buildings were damaged and trees were blown down all over the place. When we came for the Good Neighbours gardening group meeting on Friday 4th Feb we found that the greenhouse has been damaged with 9 or 10 panes of glass blown out of the greenhouse

cgn garden 14-02-14 (03)Bill looking through one of the broken panes in the greenhouse after the storm. Fortunately because the glass was toughened it appeared that only one had been smashed. Even though the other panes had been blow out and were scattered around they appeared to undamaged

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Contemplating the storm damagecgn garden 14-02-14 (02)Two top panes of glass are missing as you can see at the right of this photocgn garden 14-02-14 (05)

Tony looks for missing clips and pieces of rubber that might come in useful when we try and repair the damagecgn garden 14-02-14 (07)Tony shows all the intact panes of glass that were blown out by the wind, but managed to come through the storm unscathed

The day wasn’t all bad news though. We now have a new part-time gardening club coordinator, Geraldine Wall who joined us today.

cgn garden 14-02-14 (09)Here is Geraldine the new CGN Garden coordinator on the left with Bill and another new CGN suoort worker, Diane Dixon on the right. Diane came along to see the garden group in operation in her first week in post

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Diane Dixoncgn garden 14-02-14 (10)Today Geraldine gave us her views on compost. We braved the elements to inspect the existing wooden compost bins before we scurried indoors to escape the rain