We know, we've been pretty quiet about what's happening at the Burnley garden! It has been reasonably neglected, but underneath all the weeds and without supplementary water or nutrients for months, the tough old thing has still been pumping out rhubarb, alpine strawberries, capsicums (yes, over autumn and spring!!), globe artichokes, potatoes, asparagus, peas, rosemary, parsley and sage. We think that's testament to the excellent soil that has been built up over the years!
About a month ago a few of us decided to get the garden back into shape, which involved many hours of yanking and digging out weeds, many of which had gotten huge! Here are a few 'before' photos:
Some shots from during the clearing process:
It was a lot of work, with a few encounters with stinging nettles and even a snake sighting! However, we discovered a whole bunch of cool things hiding under those weeds, like this lovely path...
...and all this food!
We've started planting more crops, including tomatoes, potatoes, beans and pumpkins. The next step is to set up an irrigation system so that everything can thrive over summer! If you'd like to get involved with the garden, check out the Burnley Student Association Facebook page or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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