News from Garden Organic's Growing Enterprise Project
Spring is slowly beginning to arrive for The Growing Enterprise Project, here at Ryton Organic Gardens. The warmer weather has meant that more of the groups can get out and enjoy the gardens and students have been learning about seeds and choosing which varieties to sow now for early harvests.
Elaine Hibbs, Horticultural Therapist and Education Officer, says “It’s lovely to see the greenhouse beginning to fill with seedlings. With our potatoes chitting, onions sprouting and green manure dug in our garden is really getting going.
With the project now into its second growing year, groups have been involved in planning the crop rotation to ensure that our soil is kept in the very best condition. We have been adding our homemade compost to our growing beds and preparing for next month’s busy sowing and planting activity.
Elaine continues: “Enterprises this month have included our first sales of the Comfrey ‘Bocking 14’ plants which students from Woodfield School, Coventry, have grown from root cuttings taken at the beginning of the year. The first 15 plants that were put out in our sales area sold out in less than 24 hours, including four to James Campbell- Garden Organic’s Chief Executive!”
The success of the project’s windowsill Sow and Grow herb and microgreen kits is paying off too with a commission from Garden Organic’s ‘Grow and Eat’ food bank project for another 60 kits.