March 2017: Spring is in the Air at Incredible Edible Hooky

 Eric, one of our volunteers, prepares to insert new edging to the Rainbows' bed at the Baptist Hall

Eric, one of our volunteers, prepares to insert new edging to the Rainbows' bed at the Baptist Hall

   Snowdrops, daffodils and lambs: that can only mean one thing for us here at Incredible Edible Hooky – it is time to plant! By the time you read this, some of you will have already seen new, raised beds appearing around the village as we extend the project in this, our second year. Our Spring Working Party day will have been held on the 25th March, with lots of our volunteers out and about at our different sites, drills and shovels in hand. We have added another bed in the East End, adjacent to the Darcy D’alton Way footpath. Look forward to French beans, courgettes, rhubarb and strawberries on site over the summer months – remember, anyone can pick and it is all free! The Guides will tend the Memorial Hall garden beds; onions and garlic are currently growing, but more will follow. In addition, the Rainbows will also be creating and maintaining their own small garden at the Baptist Hall with the help of IEHooky. Watch out for the ‘ready to pick’ signs which will appear in all our beds when the produce is ready to harvest.

   Our big project though, is the creation of an Apothecary and Herb Garden up at the Health Centre. The garden has four raised beds, growing herbs and edible plants, all of which have beneficial medicinal properties and have been grown in kitchen gardens to flavour food, and promote wellbeing, for centuries. In time, a bench will go into the garden so that you might sit awhile amongst the fragrant flowers and herbs and enjoy a little bit of peace. A big thank you goes out to the Health Centre for allowing us to use this space to create a garden, and to all those volunteers who have worked so hard to bring what was just an idea to fruition.

   With this project complete, we are turning our attention to our next venture. Working in partnership with the school, IEHooky will be assisting with the recreation of the school garden. This is going to be on a slightly bigger scale than before. There will be room for up to six beds, a greenhouse and a couple of cold frames. It will be a fantastic opportunity for the children to learn all about growing fruit and veg from scratch. However, the final layout of the garden is going to be up to the children. A competition is being launched at the school to encourage the children to get involved right from the beginning, to create and enter their own design. So, if you have any budding, green fingered gardeners in your home, why not encourage them to get involved? Please make your submissions to Liz Voce at Hook Norton Primary School.  

   Part of the use of this space will be to run a gardening club out of hours. To make this happen, we will need a minimum of two volunteers to give 1.5 hours of their time a week during term time to lead the children in the gardening club. There will be support from IEHooky, and the chance to enjoy the fruits of your labour, including the use of the greenhouse to start off your own plants, if you don’t have one at home. If you would like to support our children to learn about how to grow food for themselves and care for the environment, we would love to hear from you. This is such an important part of the project, the generous gift of your time could well change our future.

   Finally, don’t forget to keep up with us on social media: https://www.facebook.com/IEHooky/ and via our web page: www.incredibleediblehooky.com, where you will also find our contact details. You may also contact me, Sarah Morris on 01608 737642. We always need new volunteers. All ages, abilities and interests are welcome. Please get in touch if you think you would like to be involved.

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