Archive for October, 2009

Filigree jackets

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

We’ve had a great harvest of Mexican tomatilloes, with the unexpected extra of these Christmas decorations. Earlier this week saw the harvest of our squashes, pictured below is one Blue Ballet, two Muscade de Provence (the black ones) and two Rouge vif d’Etamps. Previously harvested were two Hungarian Blues, an Orange Hokkaido, and one further Rouge vif d’Etampes.

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The garden shed

Friday, October 16th, 2009

With the help of our friend Cordula Weisser, an architect and tutor at Greenwich University, a project to design our garden shed is underway. It is not just our shed that is being considered but rather how a system of sheds may work within the walled garden for the current and future plotters. A beautiful sunny Tuesday brought twenty architecture students to Hadspen. Atelier 6 are 3rd- and 2nd- year students tutored by WAG (Working Architecture Group).

We started by looking at plans and a model of the walled garden; FOA’s unrealised proposal; some of the garden competition entries. Paul introduced the estate and other projects on the drawing board: a wooden model of Florian Beigel’s design; work by David Grandorge’s students of the Metropolitan University. The office itself met with complete approval. A walking tour took us to a container which wondrously reveals a library; the Smithson obelisk; the walled garden and then our plot. Lunch at the Mill was followed by a quick tour of Charles Dowding’s organic vegetable garden – all of which was educative and stimulating. The impressive group of students asked searching questions throughout: How long might we remain at Hadspen? Would we entertain at the plot? Would a greenhouse element to a shed be useful? Should the shed/s be mobile?

Progress on the project will be posted over the next seven weeks. Heady stuff.

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Another’s view

Monday, October 5th, 2009

We tried to slot these photos into the blog where they would best fit, until we realised that they are simply great as a discrete set, as another’s view of  our plot. It is revealing to look through a different lens at our little garden. The photos are wonderful, our thanks to Denise Bratton, who will be pestered for more, anytime we hear she’s in the vicinity.


Rouge vif d'Etampes

Re. adjustment

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

It was hinted in an earlier post that we’re moving our plot – not a lot – rotating it about 10º. This new alignment runs from door to door within the garden and in the larger scheme of things will benefit future plans & plot holders within the walls, and beyond. It is an opportunity for us to rethink the our planting, quantity of beds, types of plants, etc. Squashes worked very well for us and have satisfyingly colossal fruit. We’re keen on trying espaliered apple trees along the new edge of the plot. An asparagus bed. Rhubarb.

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