Community mission

A friend in weed is a friend indeed!

5 GoodGymers made their way to help the Southall Transition in Ealing.

  • Harvey Gallagher
  • Sevan
  • Kash
  • Hammersmith and Fulham runner
  • StephDucat
Sunday, 24th of September 2023
Led by Kash

The end of the season means less planting, more harvesting, and guess what...? More weeds! The battle against the weeds at Bixley Community Allotment needed more GoodGymers today. Five answered the call to arms!

Steph, Sevan and Kash jogged from Ealing Broadway to Hanwell after cheering their friends at the Ealing Half Marathon and met Harvey who ran the half this morning! He just recovered from the run and was ready for more action at Bixley! All four got coffees to power themselves up and walked along the canal to Southall. It was a lovely trek with plenty of nature to marvel at (check out the wildflower meadow photo!). After overcoming the challenge of sending the right co-ordinates to Divya, the Ealing folks eventually met their Hammersmith friend, who cycled all the way West to meet them.

Now, that's a committment! said Mani when he met Divya

Mani introduced us to his fellow cheerful allotment holder who fell in love with the idea of GoodGym at first sight. She had gardening advice and some saplings for Mani to plant in the community allotment. When she bravely cruised through the narrow path into the community allotment in her wheelchair, we knew who would be our boss today.

We couldn't complain about the lack of variety today. Here is what we've been doing:

  • weeding beetroot & chard patch with hoes
  • removing grass from under the blackcurrant bushes
  • digging the soil to prepare a future garlic patch
  • preparing the soil for the herb garden
  • planting fennel
  • rearranging a compost pile
  • transferring grass into the compost stack

Mani was low on volunteers, that's why we turned out to be a blessing for the community allotment. From the regulars, Mala joined us and took care of the harvesting.

Today's spoils of war against weeds:

  • big marrow
  • giant marrow
  • spinach
  • kale
  • chard
  • grapes
  • lots of potatoes

Mani let us take home whatever we wanted!

We are back to Bixley on the last Sunday of October - save the date and sign up here!

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