We had a wonderful time at the Garden's first Pumpkin Carving event! Families joined us to get creative on our homegrown giant pumpkins and made a fantastic job of it. From scary faces to a sillouette of a dog, the kids (and adults!) had a great time decorating the pumpkins. They also helped to harvest the pumpkin seeds to be dried ready for next year to plant and all the pumpkin flesh was saved and given to our wicked witch chef who cooked us up a very tasty lunch!
A huge thanks goes to Claire McEvilly for entertaining us with her wicked witch costume and cooking a superb pumpkin soup and pumpkin curry! Also to Dina for the pumpkin pie, Pat for the cake and Paul for lending us the gas cooker! And of course, Starbucks in Leatherhead for the generous donation of 100 paper cups to serve the soup and curry in. They were recycled into the compost bin!
Due to so many people turning up we also got the majority of the fruit cage floor dug up. Well done everybody :)
We were very fortunate for this continuing great weather to allow us to get lots of things done in the Garden.
The pepper beds were cleared and cauliflowers were harvested whilst strawberries and onions were planted.
Beds were topped up with soil and turned over, weed control matting was added to beds that needed it and a start was made on taking the grass off the fruit cage floor. With everybody helping we think the fruit cage could be done in one weekend. Lots of fingers crossed for more dry weather to get this job done!
The grass was mown for hopefully the last time this year. The shed was decorated by the girls with the pictures we used on our display boards for the Street Party and the Farnham Maltings. We didn't want the pictures to go to waste!
We are all looking forward to next weekend's Pumpkin Carving event. Some of us have decided we will be in fancy dress! This is totally optional!!!!
Hope to see you next weekend!
This weekend we were asked by Ruth and Belinda to join them at the Farnham Maltings Festival of Crafts to promote the great partnership we have had over the last seven months. A steady stream of people visited our stands. We enjoyed the conversations and telling the story of the Garden.
I have never weaved so many willow hearts! Actually, it was my first time today! I didn't do too bad! They were hot sellers at the shop we set up in the foyer.
Ruth and Belinda manned workshops for making willow hearts and wooden bug houses. Ruth got her power tools out too!
Pat showed people how to take cuttings. Then Gary had a go....! He did make us laugh! He then managed to sell one of our pumpkins from this year.
Claire turned up with the beautiful cupcakes (see last post) and left them with Gary to look after......!
It was a very long day but we got some great advice and made new contacts in the gardening business :)
Many thanks to Gary, Pat and Claire and of course Ruth, Belinda, Lucy and Ruth's mum!
Great weather again!
More work was done on the bench for the Garden. We had time to investigate the other Making Surrey stalls and put Leatherhead Community Garden on the clay map in the room next door to us!
Lots of tidying up at the end of the day but it was worth it. Thank you so much to Making Surrey especially Ruth, Belinda and Jane. What a fantastic partnership! Looking forward to working with you all again soon.....!
On Thursday night ex pupils from West Hill School, who attend Back to the Future cookery lessons, decorated 205 cakes for a cake sale to raise money for the Community Garden. They were justifiably proud of the results and had the opportunity of practising and mastering new skills. After two hours of handling butter cream, things did get a little sticky though!
On Friday Claire McEvilly, BTTF Tutor, arranged a cake sale at West Hill School and raised a magnificent £84 which equates to 168 cakes, not bad for a school with only 92 pupils! The remainder will be taken to the Farnham Maltings on Saturday to be eaten at the after event party. They are kindly donating some money for the cakes which should boost the amount to at least £100.