Thursday, 15 February 2018

Improving the condition of soil in a raised planter

A little time spent forking through and aerating soil in a raised planter which has helped to loosen any compacted soil and provided an opportunity to add a little more compost.




Tuesday, 13 February 2018

How to sow and grow carrots



More information and free advice on growing carrots can be found at Thompson and Morgan


Barrow Funding Event from Cumbria CVS

Cumbria CVS will be holding a funding event between 10am – 3pm on Thursday  8th March at the Forum, Duke Street, Barrow.

At the event you will be able to speak directly to a variety of funders including: Cumbria County Council, Cumbria Community Foundation, Francis C Scott, Big Lottery Fund and Hadfield Trust.
The event is aimed at small local voluntary and community groups in the Barrow area.




For full details of funders attending and to download a booking form please visit Cumbria CVS here


Saturday, 3 February 2018

When to sow and grow vegetable seeds

Wanting to grow your own fresh vegetable but just not sure how to start? There are several websites that provided practical advice and top tip that could help you, such as those detailed below.


Free month by month "sow and grow" guides can be found at: Suttons Seeds

A vegetable seed sowing guide can be viewed and downloaded at Thompson and Morgan


Thursday, 1 February 2018

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Signs of spring approaching




Maintaining planters, improving soil and planning for the growing season

It looks like Graham has taken to using the facility in a more relaxed "service user" sort of way. Maintaining his planters and planning for the growing season ahead.




Thoughts of summer and freshly grown strawberries

Strawberries are very easy to grow and can be grown nearly anywhere – in planters, containers, hanging baskets and borders etc.


For excellent free advice on growing and harvesting strawberries and how you can help eliminate pests and diseases please visit the Royal Horticultural Society.

Free wildlife watch spotter sheets

Looking for fun and interesting activities while you are out and about with the family or perhaps needing a little help identifying wildlife? The Wildlife Trust may be able to help with their large range of free Wildlife Watch spotter sheets.



To view and download their free spotter sheets please visit the Wildlife Watch

Top tip - identifying seeds trays and plant pots in the poly tunnel

In an effort to avoid confusion that may arise when it become particularly busy in the poly tunnel some of our service users, particularly those who may send down different people from time to time have found it beneficial to add a “ tag” to their containers and seeds trays.



It may not work for everyone but we found this can be a simple yet effective way of identifying which seeds and plants are being tended by which individual or organisation, particularly for members who may be attending the site for the first time.

Monday, 29 January 2018

Growing onions from seed - step by step guide from Gardeners World

Onions are easy and cheap to grow, whether from seed or from heat-treated sets. If you are unsure how to get the best from your onion seeds follow Gardeners Worlds step-by-step guides below on growing onions from seed 


The demolition of 188 Marsh Street continues


A little tlc for our hedging on the garden and it will be back to its best



For those who, like myself, do not really know the best technique for hedge trimming practical guides which may help to demonstrate both how to trim a variety of hedging and how to use your hedge trimmer can be found on the following websites:

Royal Horticultural Society  - how to trim a variety of hedging
Stihl - Top tips and advice
Flymo - how to use your hedge trimmer


How to deal with garden weeds - Free advice from RHS

“Don't be put off if weeds take over areas in the garden from time to time. Certain weeds will flourish depending on the weather and soil conditions and you can tackle these weeds in different ways based on how they grow” – RHS


For top tips and advice on how to deal with a variety of weeds please visit the RHS website here