New bed area all planted...
We started this bed many a month ago (It was a new flower bed at the front of the North West Regional College Springtown Campus), well we finally got it all planted. This has been a slow process, due to a wait for screened top soil, but hey we got there in the end. Lots of different groups worked on this bed, from the St Josephs High School Yr11 & Yr12 groups who organised all the soil and did some planting, to the Level1 Horticulture Group who installed all the timber edgings to the Level2 group who designed the planting scheme, grew plants for it and then planted it all up. Plants featured include Geum, Pansy, Japanese Maple, Standard Roses, Dahlias, Orchid Lilly, Peony, Carex, Camelia, Crocosmia, Oregano, Euphorbia, Curry Plant, Foxgloves, Agapanthus, Astrantia, Grannys Bonnet and Astilbe.
Planting out pansys
Pansy plants sown in early september are well up and some of the problem is that you eventually run out of space in any greenhouse or polytunnel, so you have to start hardening plants off and get them planted. We had about 130 plants ready so we decided to plant up the big yellow pots that run down in the fence in North West Regional College Springtown full with these pansys, pots were conditioned with fresh compost and some chciken manure pellets added....
Plant the plants 6inches apart for a good display.
More herb planters for NWRC
laying timber out
in School of Crafts Springtown campus we supply herbs, salads and other seasonal produce to School of Catering in Strand Road Campus, and the chefs love the seasonal freshness that we offer, so much so that the chefs are looking for more herbs...so we decided to install some more raised beds to grow more herbs in...thankfully I have a great City and Guilds Horticulture group in who love this kind of project. We built beds 4.8m long by 1.2m wide, made from treated timber.
New Friday gardening class
wee courtyard garden in NWRC
hey guys, a new batch of 'Hobby Seasonal Gardening' in North West Regional College (Springtown) will start on the 23rd November, running from 2-4pm. This is the most popular class I take, it's always booked out. It runs for 10 weeks and covers all the to-do seasonal stuff in the garden including Sowing, cuttings, pruning, planting, containers, layout, fruit, herbs, vegetables and anything else thats current. The course costs £25, with £20 concession. Class size limited to 16. Book a place by emailing Liam Clarke on firstname.lastname@example.org
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