Stealth Food: Update 8th August 2010

There’s loads of stuff ready for eating already from the Phase 2 planters, even though they were only planted a few weeks ago!!

There’s tons of rocket to be had, and I pulled a lovely bunch of radishes on the way back from town just now!!

Stealth Food: Update 18th July 2010

We’ve had a bit of rain now fortunately, and the crops in the new community planters are coming on strong!! 🙂

Stealth Food: Phase 2

Well, today was our community planting day for our 12 lovely new raised beds!!

Our local councillor came down and we even had the Mayor of Bury digging in some beans.

We are hoping to get some kind of hut to keep stuff in, and if the weather is nice in a couple of weeks, we are going to have a community barbeque up there!!

Stealth Food: Update 26th June 2010

Have just been to do some weeding at the five raised beds we already have, some of them were getting pretty overgrown. The potatoes are doing amazingly well though, and in their planters they have totally crowded out the weeds!

I actually ended up leaving some of the weeds in, the daisies are pretty and provide some flowers for passing bees. And some of the low weeds provide a bit of shelter for the soil, which would be baking in the sun otherwise.

I’m really impressed with the way these beds have coped with the very hot and dry weather – there is no water source nearby so the only water they have received has been from what little rain we have had.

The second site is nearly ready, which will receive 12 large planters. We are having a community planting day on 3rd July, I have a load of pumpkin seedlings all ready to go in!!

Stealth Food: Update 3rd May 2010

I went down the road today to visit the community planters which were built a couple of months back, to see how my plants are getting on. At the last community group meeting it was reported that people had been stealing plants from them, so I expected to be disappointed.

But when I got there, everything I had put in was still there and going strong!! Neither the blackberry or the raspberry cane had sprouted though, but the onions are growing nicely, as are the blackcurrant, strawberries, rhubarb and cranberry. The spuds are just starting to come through.

All going well so far!!! 🙂

Stealth Food

Guerilla gardening is fun!!

A few posts back I was talking about the areas of derelict land in our neighbourhood which we are going to try to do something with. Well, one of the smaller parcels of land has now been tidied up and a few raised beds installed for anyone to use.

As this is the first project of its kind round here, people won’t immediately know what to do, so today at lunchtime I strolled into town in the spring sunshine and bought a variety of stuff to start these beds off with.

I planted them up variously with blackberry, blackcurrant, redcurrant, raspberry, gooseberry, strawberry, cranberry, rhubarb, onion sets and spuds.

It was great, as I was planting quite a few people who were wandering past stopped to chat with me, asking what I was planting and who the land belonged to. I explained and they laughed, wishing me good luck with it all. There were quite a few comments along the lines of, ‘your food will get nicked!’, but after I explained that it would be there for the taking, people seemed quite impressed. It was great to chat to, and have a bit of a laugh with, people I had never met before, and hopefully it brightened their day too and I hope that they might keep an eye on me veg every time they wander past. I can hope!

I had a few seed potatoes left, so on the walk back home I did a bit of ‘proper’ guerilla gardening, planting the spuds in a couple of planters I found which were looking neglected. That’s the great thing about spuds, if you want to get rid of them from your land, the only way to do it us by digging them up and eating them!! 😉

A Blank Canvas

One of the community projects we are involved in is a project to reclaim patches of waste land around the neighbourhood and plant them up for local food production.

Some of the patches of waste land are pretty vast, because a number of years ago now the council compulsorily purchased whole blocks of houses and demolished them to make way for a new development.

When the oil price spiked in 2008 and the world economy went into recession, people stopped buying houses and so the developer hasn’t had the confidence to actually start building yet.

Personally I doubt that the houses will ever be built, and our local community group has got permission to install some temporary raised beds on one of the plots.

What I am hoping is that when it becomes obvious that this isn’t just any ordinary recession, and the houses will never be built, we will be able to extend the local food scheme to the remaining plots!