Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Nearly ready to be transplanted

Brathay Trust - Future Footprings work experience

Staff from Brathay Trust and young people involved with their Future Footprint programme helping us to maintain the community grow your own scheme. Their four week residential programme was targeted at 15-18-year olds in Barrow, with the intended outcome of developing work skills through a range of outdoor and indoor experiences which included: canoeing, hill walking, camp and bush craft and kayaking.

Quote for the week.....

“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumoured by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.” - Buddha

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Recycled pallet furniture

Picture accredited to Practical Living Magazine

Edible tepee

A fun way to grow your beans.

Picture accredited to Make it and mend it.

Quote for the week........

"History will judge societies and governments — and their institutions — not by how big they are or how well they serve the rich and the powerful, but by how effectively they respond to the needs of the poor and the helpless" - Cesar Chavez

Friday, 22 March 2013

Meanwhile at our community grow your own scheme

Winters back.....

Growing in raised planters and large containers

There are a wide range of crops you can easily grow in raised planters, troughs and large containers including; vegetables, herbs and fruits such as strawberries.
  • Strawberries - Because of the trailing stems these can be ideal around the edge of your planter
  • Beetroot – Very easy to grow from seed or you can buy young plants in trays.
  • Radishes – Fast maturing vegetable, ideal for filling in gaps between larger or longer to establish crops.
  • Herbs – Smaller herbs such as chives, basil and thyme are ideal for containers and planters.
  • Chilli peppers – Easy to grow but they do need heat to ripen. After any possible frosts they can be planter outside, in a sunny and sheltered position.
You can fill the gap between any larger plant with smaller more compact varieties such as radishes, lettuce and spring onions.

For a little extra colour and some pest control you could also consider adding marigolds or perhaps nasturtiums.

Monday, 18 March 2013

Quote for the week....

If nothing ever changed, there would be no butterflies"- Author unknown 

Junior Wardens - Love Barrow Award - Environmental Volunteers of the Year 2013

Courtesy of our friends at the Neighbourhood Management Team.

"Two of the Junior Wardens from Greengate Juniors with their Love Barrow Award - Environmental Volunteers of the Year 2013. Well done to all Junior Wardens and everyone involved in making the project such a success over the years. A very well deserved award"