SSSHHHHH.....we will let you into a secret...ever wonder why the Diggers grow such fantastic vegetables ??
It's all because of how we look after our soil!
We are about to prepare the raised beds for the winter by adding bags of sheep manure, our own made compost AND two trailer loads of wonderful seaweed.
This will replenish the nutrients taken out of the soil from the veggies and provide the beds with a warm coat for the winter. The worms will stay lovely and cozy and the cold rains will not leech out the nutrients from the soil below.
Seaweed has been used as a soil improver for centuries. It contains several useful plant nutrients, including nitrogen, potassium, phosphate and magnesium.
The seaweed is in a pile at the moment...the rains are washing away the seasalt...next week will be busy adding it to the beds...watch this space!
We are tough at going out in cold weather at Diggers...but we had to cancel today's session because of some nasty squally showers. Take a look at these plastic bottle windmills and see what you think...maybe we could use to scare pesky pigeons ?
Durness Diggers started its Autumn jobs this week...
There was lots to do! We picked all the carrots, last of the beans and broccoli and began clearing the raised beds.
In Durness Diggers this week some of us made a Blackcurrant Fizz, it was delicious:) Charlie picked a bunch of carrots to take down to KLB Nursery and some of us picked some carrots for school dinner. We dug up lots of potatoes called Charlottes. We also found a lovely cauliflower, some broccoli and purple runner beans ;all this crop we are having for school dinners. By Evie
We had an interesting Diggers session this week- some of the group made a delicious minty broad bean hummus with carrot sticks for everyone to try. It went down very well and we have some left for tomorrow's break....meanwhile on the plot we weeded the carrots and took the haulms off some of the potato plants, which look like they have blight. We put them in the bin...NOT the compost bin!
Send in any ideas for recipes for us to make with our produce.
Everything's looking lovely and healthy in the polytunnel- thanks to all the summer holiday watering crew :)
There's salad leaves , edible nasturtium flowers and courgettes for picking and eating. The birds seem to be helping themselves to the strawberries but the rabbit barrier is working!
Maybe we could think about a fruit cage for next season...??
There's still a watering vacancy 1st- 9th august if anyone's around then.