Our Community Garden at Waterheads, near Eddleston, is pretty much ready for growing food!!!
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We have created the garden for free using waste materials sourced locally (cardboard, pallets, manure, topsoil) and donated or shared tools and have used zero chemicals. All work has been done by volunteers. We have not required any public funding or grants. Please take a look at the photos in the gallery below to see a wonderful transformation.
Some of the edible trees we will receive in November will be planted in this garden, most on the top of the hill. Lots of potatoes are already growing and we have a long line of planters built from pallets and waste wood that we are filling with soil and manure. Lots of wildflowers have been sown in the sandy banks and, although they have taken a long time to show signs of life, they are starting to poke through now thanks to the recent heavy downpours. Once the two banks are covered with flowers they will look beautiful, the insects are going to love us, and our veggies will love them!
We will finish filling the raised planters in the next few weeks and sow more flowers in the top area of the garden. As with the Peebles community garden, the plan is to grow this garden together as a team. If lots of us chip in a few hours here and there we will make the garden a massive success, growing ourselves lots of lovely food. Anyone who is involved with regularly growing in the gardens is free to harvest food, along with the garden owners, and any surplus is sold to generate revenue for our social enterprise Food Communities Ltd. Our aim is to be self-sustaining with a clear, long term plan to make money, low running costs, and all profits reinvested back into our food communities.
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