June has been a busy month with all of our summer crops now planted in situ, this includes tomatoes, squashes, cucumbers, aubergines and courgettes/marrows which are all in raised beds in our polytunnels and also kale, cabbages, purple sprouting broccoli and our outside varieties of cucumbers in our outside beds.

Our Autumn/Winter crops are at the stage of being potted on by our volunteers and we are hoping that later in the year we will be harvesting spinach, calabrese , cauliflowers, swedes, sprouts, kalettes as well as multiple varieties of cabbage , it would be fantastic if these all do well and can be delivered in our Christmas veg boxes (apologies to those avoiding the C word until December).

I was hoping we could slow down now and take things a little easier but while we have been planting crops the weeds have crept up on us, we also have some of our volunteers taking charge of our large quantities of compost, layering it correctly into various bins and moving it round the site.

A big thankyou to all our volunteers for their hard work!

Our open day has been planned for Saturday the 21st of July 12pm- 3pm with tours of our site, tea and cake, children’s activities and also a plant stall with some of our spare seedlings . Please send sunshine ! Our volunteer days are still running Wednesday 10am-2.30pm and Thursday 12- 3pm and anyone is welcome to turn up or, if you have any questions, give us a ring. We have recently welcomed 4 students taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme who are putting in work on Tuesday and Friday evenings and are doing fantastic work watering, weeding, planting, picking, painting signs and making bird scarers.

Thank you for the recent donations of pallets, compost bins and water butts, all of which are now in use! We are currently in need of any spare plastic water pipe to make frames for brassica nets to keep the dreaded cabbage whites away from our cabbages.

Thank you to our regular vegetable box customers and those that buy from our roadside stalls for your support, if you are not yet buying our organic vegetables there are 2 ways you can buy from us – you can order a vegetable box and have it delivered to your door weekly or fortnightly, we offer a regular or large box and also an organic fruit box. You can also shop at our purple roadside stalls where you can find a variety of organic veg grown on our land and also from Riverford, at very competitive prices.

Our contact details are: Email growingprojectpensilva@gmail.com

Phone: 07398 828783 for veg box enquiries

Phone: 07854 353865 for admin / board secretary


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