March has been a busy one for the Muddy Fork garden. The gardeners have all been incredibly busy preparing for the growing season. The tunnels have been transformed, with the group feeling extremely lucky to have such an amazing carpenter in their number. Gerald has built all the beds in the tunnels to a professional standard. Thanks to Gary they are all painted, protected and looking great and ready for planting.
The group has done some seed sowing this month. The beetroot seeds have germinated and are growing strong. Dwarf broad beans have sprouted and are almost ready for potting on. The first early potatoes are in and have already been earthed up once. The radish will be the among the first things ready for picking this season. Onions and garlic have been set in the outside beds. There is still plenty more sowing to be done this month!
This season the gardeners are trying their hands at growing some cut flowers. Dahlia tubers have been potted up and placed in the poly tunnel to wake them up. They have started to sprout already; it’s very exciting. Sweet peas have been sown and are already smelling fantastic, and the group has also planted about 50 sunflowers. The cornflowers are looking strong and ready to plant out, with the group keeping fingers crossed the bunnies don’t eat them all before they bloom! Hopefully we have seen the last of the frost for this year.
Muddy Fork would like to extend thanks to the Soroptimists International of the Dukeries for purchasing 13 black poplar trees to donated to the Wildlife Trust.
With the garden being so busy this time of year, Muddy Fork is looking for more volunteers. If this is something that may interest you, please get in touch.
Muddy Fork is an inclusive garden open to anyone who feels they could benefit from what they offer. Please get in touch if you feel this is something that could help you, or you know someone you think would benefit from getting involved. The garden is a safe place where anyone can join in as much or as little as they want. You do not have to be a gardener or know anything about gardening; everybody learns together.
Muddy Fork is always happy to welcome visitors to the garden; look for the robin in the corner of the car park at Idle Valley Nature Reserve. For more details of the gardening sessions and on how to make a referral, visit www.muddyfork.org, call 07421 356717 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.