Summer heat, summer veg and our Harvest Fair

Hi everyone

I hope you’re all having a great summer and have coped with the high temperatures and drought. We’ve definitely been feeling the heat in the garden and some Wednesdays have been too hot for our volunteers to get much done apart from sit in the shade and chat and try and stay hydrated! The garden is far too big for us to keep it all watered some lots of veg are smaller or later than normal but the volunteers have done heroic work keeping things looking great. A special shout out goes to weekend watering warriors who have kept our polytunnels watered and our seedlings alive.  Our melons, loofahs, cucumbers and tomatoes have been loving the weather!  And our new little pond has been both a joy to us it’s always full of life and a frequent drinking spot for birds, insects and -joy of joys!- we’ve even had a couple of frogs sheltering in the shade there.


Last winter we built replacement beds over in the old decking area (thanks Patrick!) and decided that a good use for them would be to grow food for Family Food Action at the Ardagh.  FFA is an innovative North Bristol charity working to mitigate and raise awareness of family food poverty. They collect donated food through a network of neighbourhood collectors (covering more than 50 streets). FFA volunteers then sort and deliver donations to 4 community organisations who work directly with families and children in areas of high deprivation.  If you’re local and don’t know about them then definitely look them up and see if your street is involved! We now collect surplus vegetables from the plotholders on our allotment site and we have had a really great response with piles of spuds, beans, green leaves and of course many many courgettes and marrows.  It’s not something that we’ve done before as their collection day is not on our volunteer day but with the current cost of living crisis it’s definitely feels like a time when if we can do more to help support folks who need it then we definitely should.

AND a date for your diaries!  We’ll be having our first Harvest Fair since 2019 on 
Please come along for live music and pizza, there’ll be wood turning and apple pressing and drumming and vegetable monster making and a quieter sensory space and the usual delicious cakes!  And hopefully YOU!  We’d love some help!  Helping out at one of our events is a lovely way to get involved and help support the garden if you’re busy on a Wednesday – children are welcome to help out as well!  Please get in touch if you’re available to help for a couple of hours on the day or bake us a cake and especially if you are in a choir or band and could come and make some beautiful music for us!
We’ll also be open as part of the city wide Get Growing Trail on Sunday 17th September 11-1.  If you’d like to pop in and have a look around and a chat with our volunteers about what we get up to! And finally a pic of some blackberry stained happy children 🙂
See you in the garden
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