There are several communal areas in the garden. The small herb beds contain both perenniel and annual herbs. Help yourselves to these whenever you need any but try not to completely denude the plants for others.
The same applies to apples, cherries, blackcurrants, nasturtiums, runner beans and anything else planted along the fence. If it is ready and you want it, help yourself. It goes without saying that no-one should pick huge amounts and freeze them.
The main perennial vegetable bed currently contains asparagus, rhubarb and jerusalem artichokes aka sunchokes.
Pull up stalks with a quick jerk. Never cut them. Please leave at least 3 stalks per plant or they will not continue to grow. Never eat the leaves. It is OK to put the leaves on the compost.
This needs a lot of water so when the rain barrels are full please water the trenches when you see they are dry. It must never be completely picked, Several stalks per plant must be left to grow into tall ferns and nourish the plant for the next year. A really good asparagus bed can take up to 7 years to establish, so it may be up to a future committee to announce a full harvest. Meanwhile, we will let you know when it may be lightly picked.
The committee will decide when they are ready to be dug up and harvested and an announcement will be made.
- The whiteboards in the shed are one way to communicate to one another, if a task is done, or if you would like to share specific parts of your harvest with others.
- You may not weed, water, dig, or in anyway disturb another bed unless specifically asked to do so. Last season some crops were helpfully weeded out because they looked like weeds, and some people had their beds watered much more than they wanted.
- Gardeners who are away may leave a white stick in their beds if they would like others to water for them, or a green stick if something may be harvested. These are is the only exceptions to the rule that no-one should do anything to another gardener’s bed.
- Please do not leave containers open in the garden that may collect water which may become breeding sites for mosquitos once the weather warms up