Despite the thunderstorm mid afternoon the sun was shining on us when we arrived at the YUMI allotment. Sara and two other members of YUMI who met us had been dismayed to find that the manageable weeds of last week had turned into more of a jungle this week, just in time for their visit from the Sheriff who is one of their biggest funders next Monday. Stuart and Jon started on the beds and then got to work clearing back the undergrowth at the sides whilst Zinnie, Graham and Laura carried on clearing the beds. Our only instructions were not to pull up the artichokes, which thankfully were very big and obvious. We also managed to rescue a few other welcome plants from amongst the nettles, bindweed, thorns and thistles. In an hour (and a bit because we got too carried away) the allotment looked transformed ready for the Sheriff much to the relief of Sara. It was a very satisfying evening's work.
Sara from the YUMI project asked if we could help with clearing beds in their community garden makin them ready for planting. An assortment of weeds will need to be pulled out and the beds dug over.
All tools will be provided.
Please bring your gardening gloves.
Meet at the YUMI allotment on Fulfors Cross Allotments.
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A continuation of the path clearance from previous missions - this ivy does not take things lying down!
Having arrived early I managed to bag one of the coveted Root Slayers (as did 2nd arrival Graham) after being rather frustrated by the poor ivy destroying skills of the humble garden fork. At one point it was suggested I swap with Steve for a while but it turns out Nikkis Don't Share Tools (bad Nikki!).
However Zinnie, Steve and slightly later arrivals Louise and Jon did a fine job with their forks, and us Slayers tried to make nice by breaking up some of the extremely hard baked ground for them.
We were quickly at the end of our allotted hour and had already (over) filled the collection bags so called it a day, leaving plenty of ivy to go at for the next team. Top tip - the early bird catches the Root Slayer.
Continuation of task of removing weeds brambles and ivy and digging in compost in order to get ground ready for planting up with bulbs in autumn
Today's task at The Hut was to sand and paint four picnic tables.
There were four of us at the task, so we picked one table each and started sanding.
I find the sound of sanding paper scratching the surface more unpleasant than writing with chalk on a chalkboard - Jenna
Not to prolong Jenna's suffering unnecessarily we sanded as quickly as we could and used the opportunity to chat about swimming, carbon reduction and group runs.
After about half an hour all tables were ready for a fresh lick of dark brown wood stain. Everyone admitted that the painting part of the task was having therapeutic effects on us.
19:30 on the clock and we have finished three tables, leaving just one for Peter and his colleague to paint.
Peter has a list of other jobs needed to make the place looking good and we will be coming back to The Hut in the near future.
Enjoyed your last visit to the Greenways Trust Hut in Naburn?
Have you never been before?
Today you will have a great opportunity to help this community project. This time it is all about sanding and staining picnic tables and maybe other tidy up jobs around the site.
All tools, materials, PPE and refreshments will be provided.
Please bring your own gardening gloves.
Meet at the Trust Hut to the rear of Naburn Station. Access either along the cycle path from Bishipthorpe, or parking on Howden Lane in Naburn and walking back towards York.
Team GG got to work turning over an allotment that had become a bit too overwhelming for its owner, Marjorie.
Colin, from the allotment group didn't expect too much from a group of 5 with a 1 hour time window, but we more than impressed him and he was overwhelmed with just how much we managed to achieve.
We may have pulled out a few of the Gooseberry bushes, but all in all it was a job well done and the allotment is now ready to have grass seed planted in order to make it a bit more manageable
An elderly tenant (female) who loves her plot is struggling to maintain it. York Allotments Charitable Incorporated Organisation (YACIO), who manage the site, would like to grass half of it for her and then keep it trimmed regularly. In order to do this, the ground needs to be dug over and leveled.
On a sunny balmy evening a eager bunch of GG-ers assembled at Danesgate school to dig deep into some weeding.
Debbie our host explained that the school had been gifted some extra plants for their reception courtyard but a lot of the space had been overcome with weeds. Debbie had come fully stocked with every tool we could possibly need so in no time at all we all got stuck in to weeding the beds. David nobly took on the large area of brambles at the rear with his special leather gloves and also picked a couple of fights with some extensive root systems.
The rest of us took a more regimented flanked approach working from the outside in , whilst discussing dog training and brewing (aka The catching up with Carl live podcast session). Graham meanwhile was dismantling a small dead tree on the other side with Debbie supervising.
"When will I get my GG weeding badge - you all seem very knowledgeable?" - David asked, to which the honest answer we decided was trowel and error, a result of our built up collective gardening task experience.
After a pleasant hour of weeding time was called and all the remaining garden waste was transported to a skip round the side of the school. Debbie activated the electronic gates and we raced home like kids at the end of school.