Working days in the Orchard: July - December 2018
Sunday 8th July @ St Mary’s Church Field: report from Ian Bark

A very warm morning, which made the session very demanding, and volunteers were flagging towards the end.

A slightly lower turnout this month with, at various times, a total of 21 volunteers present: David, Rita, Dan, Mitch, Anthony, Colin, Jenn, Steve, Christine, Rob, Michele, Lyn, Chris, Tish, Robin, Ian, Rachel, Jim plus 2 and a flying visit from Nick.

The list of tasks completed included:

Fruit thinning
Pond edge tidying and removal of blanket weed
Started to tidy the area behind the compost bins
Testing of the flag and pole – failed to find the hole and the flag!
Removal of hogweed seed heads
Harvesting of yellow rattle seeds
Watered the bog garden and topped up the pond
Started to install the guttering on the new shed, and moved and reconnected the water butt in its new position.
Compost turning – integrated some brown material and the contents of four drowning bins
Various general small tidying tasks

The dry weather has resulted in an ever-increasing mound of brown/dry material. The challenge this year is to generate sufficient green material to enable our compost making system to operate efficiently.

Volunteers enjoyed coffee, tea and biscuits courtesy of Michele and Jenn. A container of thawed frozen apple juice was sampled and enjoyed by many of those present and six bottles were sold.

Despite the challenging conditions – it was very hot – all in all it was an extremely successful session and the orchard was looking great as we walked away.

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