Sunday 13th September 2015- Open the gate and giant sunflowers peer round the corner to greet you, the wind inducing a tall and confident swagger. In the polytunnel tomatoes are dropping everywhere in what seem like infinite supplies and long red chillies line the raised beds. The chickens scratch about, peeking eagerly through the wire Have you got a slug for me? Their eyes speak greedily. A few orange flowers remain here and there, remnants of a glorious summer and there are seeds everywhere.
The allotment is literally bursting with food and at times it’s hard to keep on top of. But we won’t let it go to waste. Not the folks who line the walls of our in-progress shop with old pallets and place buckets underneath the drainpipes to collect water for our plants. We’re definitely not the sorts to go wasting food.
We’ve been making pizza by the fire side, roasted tomato and garlic pasata, chilli jam, chard smoothies, we are most certainly making the most of the harvest.
What’s more, today we were joined by a group of enthusiastic young people from The Challenge who came to help us collect the seeds, dry them and store them in time for next year.
If you’d like to learn about seed saving and do some campfire cooking (we’ll make tomato soup, bread and some chilli jam to take home) then come and join us for our ‘Edible Gardens’ event- part of a Manchester-wide event where various community growing projects open their rusty gates to the wider community to show them round and give them a feel for the place.
Old friends and new friends, we’d love to have you- next Saturday 19th September 12-4pm.