Royal Ed Community Gardens – March update

The last couple of days of welcome warmth tell us that Spring is gathering force. As well as the joyous sight of the early flowers; Snowdrop, Winter Aconite and Crocus, the perennial weeds are awakening! Dockans and Comfrey are already rearing their heads in this year’s spud patch, reminding us that this is a time of hard work as well as enjoyment. Rabbit damage to trees over the last few days are a sign that this can also be a testing time of year, the ‘hungry gap’ between winter stores and new season’s growth.

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During February 500 Apple rootstocks have been planted in beds at the gardens. We have another 500 to plant out, and these will form the basis of a fruit tree nursery. We plan to graft these in August with scion buds from a range of Apples, particularly Eastern Scottish varieties. In further fruit developments, a selection of maiden Apple, Pear, Plum and Damson trees will shortly be planted against the long South-facing wall that forms our boundary with Watsonians fields.

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We are very happy to welcome Jonny Watler to the gardens. He has joined us on a full-time 2 month placement through the Vodaphone ‘World of Volunteering’ Scheme. Jonny will be joining in with the regular work sessions, as well as leading a series of workshops, and opening the gardens on most Saturdays during March and April – see our blog calendar for details http://royaledinburghcommunitygardens.wordpress.com/ or email me at sean.recg@gmail.com