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Well the weather was foul but that didn’t deter the great bunch of people from GoodGym Bath. Once more they astounded us by showing us how much physical work can be done in such a short time tonight.
Thank you so much GoodGym!
GoodGym Bath ran up from Bath to Dry Arch this evening (24.5.16) and did a fantastic job for us by ripping up our badly overgrown 40m long central path in our lower growing area and dumping all the detritus on a compost heap. It was a brilliant example of team effort and group problem solving to get the job done so effectively and efficiently.
We’re hugely grateful for what the group did. It would have taken 2 or 3 of us pretty much all of a Sunday work session to have achieved that when there is so much to do at this time of year.
Many thanks GoodGym. I hope you didn’t get too many facetious comments from anyone seeing you running back carrying your well-deserved complimentary Dry Arch lettuces!
Well despite a far from promising weather forecast we had a tremendous day today and planted squashes, courgettes, celeriac, celery and beans many and varied. Not only that we had volunteers on hand to help with hoeing and thinning and watering. It was lovely to welcome friends old and new. The cakes were good too! It was lovely too to get a future generation of growers involved in watering and hoeing – we even had Spiderman putting in an appearance!
With summer fast approaching (honest) we need many hands to make light work of getting most of the rest of the summer’s plants in the ground this Sunday.
Lovingly propogated and nurtured in our polytunnels we’ve beans, courgettes, sqash and more to get in.
If you fancy some not too strenuous planting then come along at 11am on Sunday 31st May and lend a hand. Refreshments for workers will be available by the time we finish at 3pm.
If you happen to come by car then please park in the village centre and walk down – it’s not far.
A sunny sunday attracted the team to get stuck in to some land preparation, watering emerging polytunnel plants and pruning herbs on herby ridge. Even the new rotovator (replaces ‘the beast’) had an airing. There was time for discussion on the future of Dry Arch at lunchtime. Perhaps you can come along and add some wisdom?, we won’t bite.
Sponsor a tree. We invite all our supporters to become members of a new orchardshare scheme. Your support helps us pay for the new trees, and in return you get a share of the produce (in the first year, this will be from the established trees on the site). Sponsorship is £10 per tree per annum (maximum one per person).
Tree Planting & Wassail, Saturday 10th January. We invite you to come along to help plant the new trees, from 11am onwards. At lunchtime there will be some food and drink, followed by a celebratory Wassail and bonfire at about 2.30pm. Musicians are invited to bring instruments and join in an informal music session by the fire. This is an opportunity to become a part of the venture to establish a new orchard at Dry Arch. Entry is free, donations are welcome.
Getting there. The Dry Arch site is at the end of Holcombe Lane, Bathampton. There is very limited parking at the site, so if travelling by car, please park nearby, and walk down Holcombe Lane.
Regular events and volunteering. Even if you are unable to make it on 10th January, please do consider becoming a Sponsor. We will be holding other events during the year and there are regular volunteering opportunities on this very attractive site. It’s within walking distance of the canal towpath, and has lovely views over towards Solsbury Hill and Bath.
To become a sponsor, please send a cheque, payable to “Bathampton Community Co-operative”, to Alex Robertson, 91 Hantone Hill, Bathampton BA2 6XE. Please don’t send cash in the post. Or you may pay for sponsorship at the event on 10th January.
Then you need to pop along to Bath Area Growers Alternative Produce Show in Alice Park on Sunday August 17th from 1pm until 5pm.
You may even fancy entering one of the competitions.
For all the details visit the Bath Area Growers website at http://www.bathareagrowers.org
Herby Ridge is in full bloom and it was only started last year. Already it has produced lots of curly leaved parsley under ‘spooky tree’. Now other herbs are flowering and attracting lots of beneficial insects to Dry Arch. I took some photos last week amongst the humming of busy bees collecting nectar from self-set Borage & Buddleia.
Hurrah summer’s arrived!
At last, our veg boxes are filling up with our own produce. This week saw young and tender broad beans, purple speckled borlotti beans, onions, wet garlic, bunches of herbs from our own herby ridge, the first courgettes, salads, potatoes and even some gooseberries.
What’s more the sun is shining on our 4 little pigs who arrived last week. The weather has meant they can enjoy the wallow dug out especially for them last week.
Our crops are growing well and we look forward to more salads, tomatoes, peppers aubergines, cucumbers from our productive poly tunnels.
Volunteer days continue to be Thursdays and Sundays when we can find something for everyone: weeding, watering, harvesting, scything and soon we will be harvesting plums.
This lovely weather means we can enjoy the refreshing apple juice produced from Dry Arch. It’s still available and has a long shelf life so contact one of the team or email email@example.com if you would like to buy some.