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We are still eating every day from the garden - and picking cut flowers including May-sown sweet peas, scabious and rudbeckia 'Marmalade'. Vegetables still going strong include runner beans, mangetout, broccoli, courgettes (outside and in tunnel) and tomatoes.
...but spurred on by the patient NGS we announce next year's
National Garden Scheme Open Day here at Lawson
Park - It's Sunday July 18th 2010,
Get it in your diary now....
Adam Chodzko's remake of his sign for Lawson Park. The gallows is made from the old oak beams from the Lawson Park barns
Olaf Breuning's fearful garden gnome in situ. Cast by the excellent Lakeland Mouldings, a company based n the very middle of the Lake District, good, fast and cheap - a delightful surprise.
One area of considerable satisfaction from the past year are the terraced fields orginally laid out by the Japanese farmers in 2006. Over the past 3 years we have been developing what was totally impossible soil that would sustain nothing more than bracken and grass. Through a process of mulching and green nmanure we have now got two fields working successfully as vegetable plots - the only challenge now is getting people to eat the vegetables we have produced - it is difficult to restrict a 21st century diet to 4 or 5 vegetables, people are just not used to it. The honesty stall has comments on it's notice board asking for more fruit, like so much in the world 'they just don't get it'.
On last night's telly, following Jamie Oliver in the culinary desert that is the USA, we heard these immortal words as he squeezed into chaps in a rain shower:
"It's like the Lake District, really depressing"
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