…by Jenny Freckles at Salt & Light.
Jenny has written a nice little feature post about our ‘Veg on the Edge’ beds and has headed it with a lovely shot of the newly erected bamboo bean supports at the Caroline Street car park plot. Read more here and see the picture!
And while we’re talking about snapping why not snap up some veggies of your own while you wander through the village. I know Jenny mentioned in her article that she’s never taken any but we are encouraging you to take a handful of this and that, here and there. We’re all about the ‘Plant. Pick. Eat’ ethos here and if you can’t help with the Planting we’d love you to have a go with the Pick and Eat!
P.S. There’s some Swiss Chard on Platform 1 ready to pick!!
We now have a second bench at the Baker Beds site on Caroline Street. The bench has been crafted by John Bromley, local resident and friend to Veg on the Edge (thanks John!).
…So follow John’s lead in the picture below and take the weight off, have a perch in the sun and pick a vegetable or two while you’re there!
If you’re interested in joining our Veg on the Edge group get in touch as we’d love to hear from you. Our growing season has started – join us on Wednesday evenings at 6pm – we meet in Caroline Street car park.
If you’re in the mood for a saunter around Saltaire why not take a trip to the end of Caroline Street where you’ll find a green haven at our Baker Beds site. Take a pew on our lovely new bench (thanks to Hirst Wood Regeneration Group) and see if you can spot our feature plants: cherry tree, raspberries, wineberry and goji berries – we’re looking forward to some fab fruit on the site this year!
If you’re interested in joining our Veg on the Edge group get in touch as we’d love to hear from you. Growing season is just around the corner and we’ll be starting up our Wednesday evening gardening sessions from 3rd April – we meet in Caroline Street car park at 6pm.
Is your seed tray full of beans (but nothing else!)? Have you got plenty of round pea seeds but are missing the wrinklies? Do you fancy livening up your veg bed with some mystery seeds?
If you can answer yes to any of the above…or are interested in refreshing/topping up your seed collection ready for the growing season then come and see us at our Seed Swap Stall at the West Yorkshire Organic Group’s Potato Day!
The event is on 9th February 10am-2pm at Exhibition Building, Exhibition Road, Saltaire, Shipley, BD18 3JW.
You can either bring some spare seeds of your own to swap with those on the stall or you can buy some of the stall seeds for a small donation.
Looking forward to see(d)ing you there!
The folks over at the Makers Space on Carlton Avenue, Saltaire asked us to look after the bed in their front yard. We chose an apple tree as the feature plant and also put in some herbs and edible flowers which will really brighten up the corner in summer!
As is tradition when planting a fruit tree, we had a bit of a wassail to bring good health and bumper harvests to the tree!
We’ve had a wonderful morning planting out 85 trees around the edge of the Baker Beds site. Luckily the rain held off for us and the sun even popped out for a while! We’re looking forward to seeing the trees grow and establish over the next few years.
We’ve also got a stall full of Christmas goodies at the Saltaire Christmas Fair in Victoria Hall from 4:00 today – come and say hello!
If you’re local to Saltaire hopefully over the summer you have been picking from the beds on the open space opposite the playground at the end of Caroline Street which we have now called the Baker Beds. Do pick – it’s there for you.
This year we have planted what we think people might like but we would really like to know from you what you want to be grown. So far we have received requests for more fruit and herbs. So we have planted a cherry tree in the new bed adjacent to the back fence and raspberries in the little beds. There is already a wineberry there, which has quite delicious fruit, and two goji berries. We will be planting more fruit over the autumn.
The containers adjacent to the back fence were kindly built for us by students on a Prince’s Trust programme, as part of their end of course project. We have also been working with the PRU and they are using the bed on the far left as you look at the site from the road.
From the beginning we said that in developing this site we wanted to work more closely with local people and community groups and we feel that the involvement of the PRU and The Prince’s Trust helps us meet that brief. In the future we may also work with a group from Hive in Shipley, possibly creating some seating and with the Cellar Trust to provide bird boxes.
However, we would still like to hear from you about what you want grown. We are planning a clear up session on Sunday 7th October at 11.00am and it would be great if you could join us, we’ll provide some squash and biscuits. We’ll be clearing out the existing beds, planting over wintering vegetables, generally tidying up and making some bird feeders.
Hope to see you then!
With Saltaire festival just around the corner our Veg on the Edge volunteers are busy in their kitchens and the village gardens to make this year’s event our most vegtastic yet!
We will have a stall brimming with homemade goodies on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September by the Sunday School veg beds (Caroline Street car park). And if you want to try your hand at a bit of gardening and find out more about what we do we’ll be offering guided tours of our Sunday School veg beds on Sunday 16th September – come and find us in the Caroline Street car park!
For more information about Saltaire Festival and the Open Gardens Trail visit https://saltairefestival.co.uk/event/open-gardens-see-trail-leaflet-2/
Join us on Saturday 30 June 2018, 12.30pm to 4.00pm for the annual Village Fête at Saltaire United Reformed Church. There’ll be a wide variety of stalls, donkey rides, children games, refreshments, musical entertainment and a tombola. This year the event will be celebrating the centenary of Votes for Women, with Edwardian costume strongly encouraged!
Veg on the Edge will be sharing a stall with Saltaire Canalside Allotments, and selling hand-crafted goodies and tasty treats to raise funds, and enjoying a good chat with anyone that wants to come and say hello. Fingers crossed for a sunny day ☀
Image © Matt O’Brien
On 17 May 2018 we were delighted to be visited by The Big Walk, led by Eden Project Communities. As part of this ambitious project, four teams of walkers are currently making epic journeys across the UK over 18 days to shine a light on projects and events that bring people and communities together.
Stephen from Team England plants some magic beans!
Veg on the Edgers gave Katherine, Thomas and Stephen from Team England a tour of our community growing gardens and provided some delicious cordial made from produce grown on the sites.
You can find more about the walkers and their journey on the Eden Project Communities website and follow their progress on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at @edencommunities #TheBigWalk
The Big Walk will culminate in the nationwide celebration The Big Lunch, the UK’s biggest annual get together for neighbours. We’ll be joining in the fun on Sunday 3 June 2018 with a gathering in the Sunday School Garden on Caroline Street after our Sunday morning gardening session.
Images © Eden Project Communities