June was warm, with lots of sunshine and this brought its own challenges … therefore one of the main jobs throughout the month was watering! The sprinkler alternated between the Stovehouse border and the vegetable beds to put some moisture back into the soil for the transplants and seedlings. Both taps used almost daily on the terrace and sometimes we had to water in the greenhouses twice a day as the temperatures soared. The other main job has been harvesting, our garlic which was overwintered has now been lifted, plaited and is hanging over wires in the Stovehouse. We have also picked rhubarb, radish, broad beans, tomatoes, onions, cabbages, spring onions, and lettuce/herbs for salad bags. This produce used for the GL kitchen, poultry shop, Su Casa and Care & Share!
Despite the heat in the Stovehouse, the veterans have continued with woodwork and there are some new designs in the pipeline for butterfly houses and wishing well planters, increasing the range of our products. Section 5 is now nearly complete and the scaffolding removed from this section. Never to miss an opportunity …. we have planted up another 10 tomato plants and put them in there for a later crop. The Stovehouse border is now planted up, and we have managed to keep it watered through this dry spell and now we look forward to watching it bloom and hopefully provide us with cut flowers throughout the summer.
It has been busy in the kitchen. We used some of the rhubarb from the garden to make a delicious crumble. We foraged on the estate for elderflowers and made two batches of cordial that quenched our thirst during the hot spell. There was spicy apple chutney made to sell at the fetes we attend, and we would like to say a huge thank you to Victoria, Margaret Mills, and Margaret Gourman who spent a lot of time in the GL kitchen making a one pot curry (recipe courtesy of ISS) which we served to the veterans for Armed Forces Day.
It has also been a month for getting out and about! We attended the summer fete at Hollybush House where we made £161 in plant/produce sales. We also attended Armed Forces Day, held at the Low green in Ayr where we made £170 in sales. We also promoted our Honesty campaign at both these events.
We received more kind donations this month. We would like to thank the Royal British Legion Bikers who came down to the garden and presented us with a cheque for £500, another big thanks to the staff and pupils of Kincase Primary school in Prestwick who raised £385 for GL through plant sales and a “dressing in garden clothes day”, and to the pupils of Ayr College special support needs group who raised £2000!
Finally, we would like to say well done to our Victoria who ran through the streets of Maybole with the Queen’s baton … she looked like a true athlete!
Pamela + Victoria.