On the 30th of Perth was judged in the Champion of Champions category for Britain in Bloom – which is the best in the whole of the UK!
This is the day that all the team has been working so hard for. The day started with the other apprentices and I dressing up as rubbish to meet the judges, we were dressed in costumes to raise awareness of litter.
Lewis and I then had to make our way down to Needless for a last check. We then met with the judges for the second time to talk about the work that we had done on the bed and also talk about what we do at college.
After this we also met them at the Rodney knot garden to explain that we have been restoring the bed and also explain what work we have been doing on the bed.
We then went to Bracklyn Gardens for lunch where the provost and judges said their speeches and it was even filmed by STV! Thankfully the sun was shining all day making it a great day and the team done great.
At Green Routes to Wellbeing Perth we have been up at St Mags hill working our socks off to battle back the wall of goarse and broom so that whoever has decided to walk to the summit can experience the best view available. Another advantage of doing this is that it gives other trees a chance to grow as when the quantity of broom and goarse is that bad it can dominate saplings putting them in the shade not giving them a chance to grow.
The Green Routes to Wellbeing group in Crieff have been doing a range of activities going from planting bulbs to reinstalling a core path sign. The first session of this year for the first part planting daffodil bulbs at the side of the lade then because we managed to race through all the bulbs we restored a tree cage.
The next week we found a sign that was looking a bit worse for wear as it was completely broken at the bottom so the group got to work using spades and a pinch bar to create a new hole for the sign then put the sign along with a mix of smaller stones, big stones and soil and packed it in with the pinch bar to make sure it was as solid as possible. With the job that they done I think its safe to say that sign isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. After this there was still some time left so we cleared a few ditches to make sure the water was not restricted by leaves whilst going through drains.
Recently a family of beavers have moved into a area at the Lady Marys walk so the task was to walk this path and to keep an eye out for any beaver damage. The day for this was perfect as the sun was in the sky and there wasn’t a cloud in sight combined with the great scenery you experience when you walk Lady Marys.
February & March divides the UK into potential spring down south, and still winter up north. Its tempting to try and get a head start on the season as the day lengthen but be patient! A warm spell can be followed by freezing weather or flood. Spend time removing dead growth and generally clipping back for the season.
As for what you should do for growing vegetables here’s what to do.
Chit seed potatoes as soon as you have them.
From mid February onwards sow tomato and cucumber seeds for greenhouse growing
Plant out garlic and shallots in light soils only
if you have light soil and live in a mild part of the UK, you can sow Broad beans, carrots, parsnips, early beetroot, salad onions, lettuces, radish, spinach and summer cabbages outside under cloches
Peas can be sown in old(but clean) guttering that has had drainage holes drilled in it
Plant Jerusalem artichoke tubers
Buy new potting compost (peat free and organic) for this year’s sowing and growing. Last year’s product shouldn’t be used as it deteriorates over winter.
Spread the old stuff over the garden, or use it as top dressing on the lawn.
Start sowing hardy annual flower seeds in cleaned pots/trays under cover.
Choose plants that will attract beneficial insects into your organic garden.
Seed trays and pots should be clean; Potting compost should be fresh; Watering should be from below, and be clean tap water; Keep watering to a minimum; Seedlings must have plenty of light and ventilation, and not be too sown too thickly
If a frost is forecast, be sure to protect any tender plants.
On the 4th September I was shown a hidden gem that is the Perth station garden.
This garden is beautiful and full of life. What I got up to when I was there was exploring the garden for any type of insect that was living there. We searched high and low tallying off each bug we found in forty five minutes.
We split the garden into three sections, we had a section for things we found on plants, a section for things we found on man-made objects and a section for things we found on the ground and it was fifteen minutes per section.
We had a list of six special species of which we managed to find three! The ones we discovered were the two spotted lady bug, the leopard slug and the shield bug.
Hello everyone, I am Adam Hope the new Horticulture Modern Apprentice. I’ve been working in the council for three days now and I am really enjoying myself. Each day I have been outside and its great as I love being out around nature. I look forward to many more days working in the council and also many more days helping Perth’s communities.