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January, February & March 2018
29 Mar 2018
 

January & February were busy with inside jobs & projects.

New Leaf Salads & New Leaf Learning

New Leaf Salads & New Leaf Learning

New Leaf Salads & New Leaf Learning

We made tartlets with our own raspberry jam - quite delicious! We made some lovely Air Dry clay creations.

New Leaf Salads & New Leaf Learning

We wheel barrowed 2 tons of Viridor compost into the polytunnel. We covered the pathways with light excluding material to stop the grass & weeds growing. It looks & smells ready for planting.

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We grew mushrooms from a kit and were delighted with the results. The mushrooms were huge & delicious!

New Leaf Salads & New Leaf Learning

New Leaf Salads & New Leaf Learning

We did some creative cooking - including a 'Sunday evening pie'!

New Leaf Salads & New Leaf Learning

New Leaf Salads & New Leaf Learning

New Leaf Salads & New Leaf Learning

At last it was time to sow the seed! Germination was good & fast so we were able to prick out seedlings only a week after sowing.

New Leaf Salads & New Leaf Learning

New Leaf Salads & New Leaf Learning

Great excitement! We have frog spawn in the pond in the polytunnel! It has meant we had to catch the 2 goldfish and put them in another container so that they don't eat the tadpoles!

New Leaf Salads & New Leaf Learning

New Leaf Salads & New Leaf Learning

New Leaf Salads & New Leaf Learning

And then the snow came. TWICE! I wrapped up the seedling trays in 4 layers of fleece and amazingly they survived in the greenhouse!

We will soon be planting out and looking forward to picking & selling our leaves.

November & December 2017
20 Dec 2017
 

New Leaf Salads & New Leaf Learning

New Leaf Salads & New Leaf Learning

Once the salads were over and the beds covered in black plastic, we had some lovely sunny days to clean the greenhouse. It was covered in green algae which we washed off - it looks as good as new now! We had many lovely sunny walks with Islay.

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We walked along the Carnival floats and eventually found the Hogwart's Express!

New Leaf Salads & New Leaf Learning

New Leaf Salads & New Leaf Learning

New Leaf Salads & New Leaf Learning

New Leaf Salads & New Leaf Learning

We planted 43 raspberry canes this year and they produced some of the best fruits. My friend came to help us make raspberry jam. Very pleasing results!

New Leaf Salads & New Leaf Learning

We visited the Well's Farmers' Market and bought fish for a great fish pie with spinach from the garden.

New Leaf Salads & New Leaf Learning

We made some delicious orange and clove soap for Christmas presents.

New Leaf Salads & New Leaf Learning

New Leaf Salads & New Leaf Learning

New Leaf Salads & New Leaf Learning

Another friend came to help us with some Christmas craft ideas. Everyone went home with crates full of lovely decorations, green tomato chutney, raspberry jam and Christmas surprises.

Wishing all at New Leaf a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful 2018.

September & October 2017
07 Nov 2017
 

We have had a good harvest of vegetables and fruit.

New Leaf Learning

New Leaf Learning

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The sweetcorn grew well and we were so pleased with the size and flavour. We made delicious sweetcorn and tuna sandwiches.

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New Leaf Learning

New Leaf Learning

We made lovely apple crumble.

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New Leaf Learning

New Leaf Learning

We had a great harvest of red tomatoes - then we picked the remaining green ones and made delicious Green Tomato Chutney.

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The swede grew quite well and we made mashed swede for lunch.

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New Leaf Learning

The pumpkins grew well and covered a huge amount of ground - however they only produced 3 pumpkins. We had fun making soup and lanterns.

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New Leaf Learning

We have been picking the raspberries and freezing them so we can make Raspberry jam soon.

 

July & August
03 Sep 2017
 

The sweetcorn is looking fabulous!

New Leaf Learning

New Leaf Learning

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We are all very proud of it!

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We made some very healthy beetroot burgers.

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Everyone thought they were delicious!

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In August we were lucky enough to be invited onto my brother's boat - the Duchess of Cocklemoor.

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New Leaf Learning

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We were so lucky to catch two beautifully sunny days. Thank you so much to Ian Macnab!

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New Leaf Learning

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May & June
26 Jun 2017
 

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More lovely walks at Priddy with the dog.

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Despite the unseasonal weather......

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...we have a good salad crop. Here are two learners doing a rather relaxed pick!

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The garlic grew well over the winter - we will plait it into bunches soon.

 

 

March & April
08 May 2017
 

March

New Leaf Learning

March was a busy month for pricking out seedlings.

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We transplanted the tomatoes into bigger pots.

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We did some great walks at Priddy Ponds with Islay.

April

It was cold and dry in April but we managed to keep the plants growing!

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We started picking at the end of April - 3 weeks earlier than last year!

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We put some tadpoles into our pond in the polytunnel. Hopefully the frogs will eat the slugs for us.

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More lovely walks on the hills.

 

 

 

 

 

January & February
05 Mar 2017
 

Happy 2017 everyone!

We spent January making some beautiful pottery pieces with our dear friend Jan.

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We also covered the pathways with cardboard to suppress any weeds.

Then in February we started sowing seed for salads and herbs. We used the moon calendar dates and have had strong germination.

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My learners have tried so hard to master the tricky skill of pricking out. I am so proud of the results!

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The seedlings are snugglu under fleece in the greenhouse.

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November & December 2016
20 Dec 2016
 

The seasonal change in the weather has meant a 'shutting down' of our garden.

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We have emptied the beds - with help from Islay! - and covered them in black plastic to kill off all the weeds.

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We planted 42 Joan J Raspberry canes through the weed-controlled membrane. We then put cardboard snugly around the stems to suppress weeds & protect from frost.

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Carnival season came again!

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new leaf learning

As part of our 'Independence Training' we proudly sent one learner off on his first solo bus journey. Very emotional for us - not for him!

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More jet hosing at the Sheppey in Godney.

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Making lemon & peppercorn soap, and Apple & Blackberry crumble.

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Tie Dying!

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Ironing was a new skill for some!

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All were justifiably proud!

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Making wreaths with foliage from the garden, and painting pots for croqus bulbs.

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We would like to say a huge thanks to T. Wicks & Son of Wells for giving us some old cardboard boxes to use on the beds in the Spring.

May I wish all my learners at New Leaf a very Happy Christmas! I look forward to seeing you in 2017!

I would also like to thank The Sheppey, The Good Earth and Sabina for all your support and we look forward to working with you in 2017.

 

September & October 2016
29 Oct 2016
 

september 2016

The winter salad leaves have been the best ever! Strong peppery tatstes from the colourful leaves.

september 2016

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september 2016

We made some delicious Green Tomato chutney and ketchup.

september 2016

The garlic is now planted to grow over winter and be ready for late June.

september 2016

Now there is less to do in the garden there is more time in the kitchen. Cheese scones were a great success!

september 2016

We made a delicious lunch for one of our social workers. We picked the salad, made carrot and coriander soup followed by delicious Summer Pudding. Everyone was very proud.

sept 2016

september 2016

september 2016

The pumpkins grew really well and the soup was fantastic! We also made lanterns!

september 2016

The salads are still growing in the polytunnel but the outside beds are now covered in light-excluding plastic to suppress the weeds.

August 2016
01 Sep 2016
 

New Leaf August

August has brought bountiful harvests. The salad sales have been excellent.

New Leaf August

We have grown tomatoes of all colours; red, yellow, orange and black. The flavours have been exceptional.

New Leaf August

We grew pumpkins for the first time.

New Leaf August

They took over a large part of the garden but have grown really well.

New Leaf August

We have had some lovely summer picnics in the forest....

New Leaf August

There are always jobs like labelling bags to keep us busy

New Leaf August

 

July 2016
31 Jul 2016
 

July has been about harvesting beautiful vegetables that my students chose to grow

july 2016

july 2016

We made potato salad and delicious strawberry icecream.

july 2016

We made Broad Bean houmous.....

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.....and we harvested peas and cucumbers.

july 2016

july 2016

We plaited the leaves of some good garlic.

july 2016

The pumpkins are growing vigorously and will be great for Halloween!

July 2016

We also had some time for some wonderful country walks.Islay is always looking for a river or a pond to swim in!

June 2016
06 Jul 2016
 

Despite the rain, June has been a productive month.

June 2016

The tomatoes and basil are growing well, and making the polytunnel smell delicious!

June 2016

We are especially proud of our first harvest of garlic.....

june 2016

broad beans and potatoes.

june 2016

june 2016

One Friday a wolf came to work in the garden...

june 2016

...he even helped us deliver to the Good Earth and the Sheppey, causing great delight!

june 2016

As always, Islay has been involved in all we do....

june 2016

We have to try to stop her eating the salad leaves!

june 2016

june 2016

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