Abbey Gardens viewed from the Webcam

Busy Weekend

Our impressive seedling collection ...
Our impressive seedling collection ...

Nearest bed is Louise Joly's walk of Squash!

We're making progress at Abbey Gardens and a huge thanks to everyone who came down last weekend with all their seedlings. We have a VERY impressive selection to use in the garden.

Although some of the raised beds are still being constructed from next week we will be officially starting our Garden Club sessions led by Chris <\p>

These run at the following times - all welcome - there's a variety of jobs from mulching to planting, everyone can help out - beginners or experts!

Free Garden Club Sessions (June - Nov 2009)

Saturdays 10.00 am - 2.00 pm
Tuesdays 10.00 - 1.00 pm
Thursdays 5.00 pm - dusk

This weekend (27th & 28th of June) we have a bumper two day session -
Chris will be leading there all day Saturday (10-5)
and Nina will be there all day Sunday (10 - 5)
All welcome, why not bring a packed lunch & join for the day.

On Sunday you might also want to visit our friends at Three Mills where FOAG have a stall as part of the The Story of Three Mills Island event.

Looking forward to seeing you on site

My other garden's on a mountain

Lots of people at WWTHB ask me about my own garden, so I thought I'd post a picture of a bit of it - my Kitchen Garden. It's way behind Abbey Gardens in terms of seasonal growth, as it's in the Lake District, 200m+ above sealevel. But as you can see I grow a mix of flowers and vegetables in raised beds - just like What Will the Harvest Be?!

We've only just begun ...

Karen plants out my sweet peas
Karen plants out my sweet peas

"Wiltshire Ripple"

Saturday was our first planting day on site, disappointment at the all the beds not being complete was off set by excitement to see just how many seedlings folk bought in from their back gardens and balconies. We're basically mirroring the planting across the two sides of the site, so on Saturday we made a start on one end. It's a lot of rake, plant, label, water ... rake, plant, label, water ... rake, plant, label, water etc. etc.

Saab of seedlings

This is the UK Eurovision seed contest entry coming on site!

Shout out to Anwick Forge

Anwick Forge at work
Anwick Forge at work

Amidst the soil humping on the site I wanted to put a big shout out to Tim Mackereth and staff at Anwick Forge, who made the much-admired galvanised bespoke steel corners - all 137 (I think) of them - for the project.
We found the company via the RHS , as they'd done a Hampton Court show garden last year that we'd admired. Tim was incredibly helpful with evolving the design, as well as being a great communicator and delivering on time and at a very fair price. Speaking as someone who's just emerged from an arduous house-building project, these qualities are rare as hens teeth in the construction world!

Happy Birthday to Chris!

Birthday Boy!
Birthday Boy!

Barney and Chris filling beds

What a way to celebrate ... filling endless raised beds with top soil and topping them off with our new supply of compost! Joking aside, although it might not be what Chris would have ideally choosen to do on his big day we were all pretty excited today as the first compost from East London Community Recycling Partnership (ELCRP) went into our beds. We collect, but it all comes free from this great community resource.

Watch us work or ...

Monday Morning View (Day 6)
Monday Morning View (Day 6)

Abbey Gardens Needs You!

Thanks to a neat bit of work by the lovely Dorian Moore, brothers French & Keith Roberts at Newham you can now watch us work at Abbey Gardens ... and it's very hard work!

*Click here to see the live webcam*

Better still you can come down and help in person!!

We really need volunteers this week (15th - 19th of June) to help us construct and fill 800M of raised beds.
If you have a spare day, or even an hour after work, come down to the site and we will find a way for you to help out. It's helpful to let Chris our Garden Club Leader know you're coming, but you can also just drop by and ask for Nina, Karen or Chris. The wonderful construction team (led by Danny from City Wood) are happy to accommodate helpers in their team, or you can just get stuck in to the literal mountain of topsoil we need to move.

Hope to see you on the wheelbarrow line.

Day 4 - lunch break

Dasha made everyone bacon sandwiches ... the volunteers are mainly those in the photo with tops on (!)
Thanks to Louis, Tim, Tim, Dasha, Andreas & Michael for a long day's work under the careful supervision of Danny & the City Wood team. We made great progress today after a really big push from everyone.

The big bed build

Day 3 - first of the beds coming together
Day 3 - first of the beds coming together

It's day three already and I've been too exhausted to post any images before now!
The site actually started to look like it's taking shape today.

Meet The Garden Club Leader

'This is a BIG hello to all those I have and haven't met at the Abbey Gardens site. I will be running a series of workshops throughout the project at Abbey Gardens and I am here if you have any questions about your seedlings, so please don't hesitate to get in contact, my details are below. I would also like to introduce the latest addition to WWTHB and that is the 'Mule' bicycle trailer it will be an alternative use of transport for plants, compost tools etc. Anyway enjoy the sunny weather over the weekend'

Chris Cavalier

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