Keeping The Lights On - Week 2
5 April 2020
Hello all - welcome to our second weekly update from lockdown, please scroll down for what's been going on in and around the garden this week.
The pear blossom is out at the garden, enjoying the rising warmth of the new spring. The comfrey is in flower and the daffodils are already heading back to bed until next year. The vegetable bed is still quite bare, but there are now seeds within, searching for the light. Tadpoles are dodging ducks in the pond, bees are visiting every flower they can find, and the woodpeckers in the churchyard are tapping away so much I'm worried their beaks will go blunt.
I'm sure none of this feels normal to anyone yet, but as we always do we are finding ways to connect and continue to be an active and growing community and garden. As mentioned below, the newly established Abbey Physic Community Garden WhatsApp group is a great way to stay in touch with your fellow members - please do let us know if you would like to be added to the group, see below for contact details.
I would love to be able to post a few pictures from members of how they're spending their time during these strange days - have you been for a walk somewhere pretty, or done something interesting around the house or garden? Please send any pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always, the contact numbers for anyone who would like to get in touch, or who is in need of some support at this challenging time, are: 01795 539915 or 07379 201392.
Please do get in touch with anything you'd like to see in next week's blog. I look forward to hearing from you soon - in the new WhatsApp group, or through the phone or email.
Very best wishes,
WhatsApp Garden Group
A dozen garden members are now on the APCG Members WhatsApp group - posting pictures, swapping stories and just keeping in touch with each other. Do you have a smartphone? Please contact us for an invite to the group - the more the merrier!
The spring edition of the Abbey Physic Community Garden newsletter was sent out this week. Click the image to the left to read updates from all of the garden's projects, messages from Sarah and Suzanne and news of recent goings on at the garden.
Lissie of the garden's singing group has uploaded the second of her sing-along-at-home videos. Whether you join in or just enjoy the song, it's well worth taking a peaceful moment. Click the image to the left to watch.
All Cooped Up
Ian of the Men's Shed has been hard at work on a roof and fox-proof fence for the chicken coop area, thanks to the earlier clearing work of Paul, Tim and Dave. Be sure to do an image search for 'Polish Chickens', they're stunning looking, and coming soon to a Physic Garden near you!
Seed Sacks' Super Success
This week GIY (grow-it-yourself) seed kits were gloved-hand delivered to 18 homes around Faversham. Thanks to a kind donation by Edible Culture we were able to provide everything a family in lockdown needs for a fun gardening activity.
So Many Seedlings
The greenhouse is hotting up nicely as the weather warms - the blower is barely running these days! This week scores of seedlings were potted off, ready to provide a beautiful splash of colour to the garden this summer.