Gardens

We had thought about this for ages, having gardens on the camp but as always, time, money, permissions, they always are a factor in this. Along came Allied Aid. They were running a fundraising project called "Bring, Buy, Build". So, we knocked up some plans, permission was granted by the ministry and military to do so, we obtained some quotes for materials and suddenly things were moving forward. 

Story in pictures below...

Planning...

Planning...

The wood arrived on camp, hopefully we got it right! 

The wood arrived on camp, hopefully we got it right! 

Lily from Allied Aid :)

Lily from Allied Aid :)

Lily putting the wood in order, they managed to convince a JCB driver who was on site to level the ground for us! 

Lily putting the wood in order, they managed to convince a JCB driver who was on site to level the ground for us! 

Laying out the frames in position, Joop surveying :) 

Laying out the frames in position, Joop surveying :) 

Hayley putting together the first few pieces.

Hayley putting together the first few pieces.

Annalee breaking things up! 

Annalee breaking things up! 

And then we had some bases...

And then we had some bases...

They were lined and the wood was treated

They were lined and the wood was treated

Soil then arrived...

Soil then arrived...

...and each bed was filled up

...and each bed was filled up

Steve and Simon set to work building frames and a 2 tiered foraging garden for herbs (at the back)

Steve and Simon set to work building frames and a 2 tiered foraging garden for herbs (at the back)

Imke, Sanne and Anne started a nursery for the vegetables to grow before being planted

Imke, Sanne and Anne started a nursery for the vegetables to grow before being planted

Tomatoes, Mouloukhia (labelled Spinat, it's pretty similar) Zucchini, Cucumber, Peppers, Beans, Mint

Tomatoes, Mouloukhia (labelled Spinat, it's pretty similar) Zucchini, Cucumber, Peppers, Beans, Mint

We quickly realised it needed to be child and squirrel proofed...

We quickly realised it needed to be child and squirrel proofed...

...so a fenced roof was added, some doors...

...so a fenced roof was added, some doors...

...and some windows too!

...and some windows too!

Mousa, one of the residents, planting

Mousa, one of the residents, planting

Here's the finished piece. Mouloukhia, yellow Courgettes, green Courgettes, Aubergines (Eggplant for the Americans!), Mint, Grapevine, Tomatoes of varying sizes, Cucumbers and Beans and of course the herbs in the forage patch. A project of love, collaboration and hard work. Thank you to all those involved, the residents have already started harvesting some of the fruits of the labour and it looks great! 

Here's the finished piece. Mouloukhia, yellow Courgettes, green Courgettes, Aubergines (Eggplant for the Americans!), Mint, Grapevine, Tomatoes of varying sizes, Cucumbers and Beans and of course the herbs in the forage patch. A project of love, collaboration and hard work. Thank you to all those involved, the residents have already started harvesting some of the fruits of the labour and it looks great!