Community garden to the rescue

In comparison with last year, the strawberry crop of 2019 has been splendid. We now have jam, jam and more jam and lots of happy people have been gifted a punnet or two.

Still, we are down to the last few fruit ripening on the plants and so on Monday I made the final jars of preserve. This time, I was trying out gooseberries with the strawberries and needed a few more of the former to supplement those I had been picking as part of my fruit and vegetable allowance from the local organic farm. Fortunately, I remembered the community garden at the other end of the village by the lock.

Lock on the Aire & Calder Navigation

I noticed that the majority of the raspberries had already gone but presumably the gooseberries are less attractive. However, I only took about 200g, enough to make up the difference in my ingredients, and left the rest for another villager to enjoy.

And then I went for a short walk along the canal (actually, it is part of the River Aire which has been ‘tamed’) as it was such a pleasant morning.

The ducks had greeted me eagerly when I arrived, congregating round with the expectation of food. I had none and once they got this message they plopped back in the water and swam off.

This section of land is managed by Yorkshire Water, who have planted trees on previously bare patches of land in this mini valley. The houses overlooking this part of the canal must have an interesting view – I hope they appreciate it!

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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4 Responses to Community garden to the rescue

  1. Sheree says:

    Can’t beat homemade preserves

  2. I’m pleased you’ve had a good year

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