Doc and Bert attend the plants in the poly tunnel every morning to make sure they are watered and cared for to ensure bountiful crops in a small space! The plants include many kinds of salad leaves, 4 different types of tomatoes, courgettes, cucumbers, a wide variety of herbs, carrots, cauliflowers, lemon grass, kales and chards, potatoes, peas, beans and chilli peppers to name but a few! These gardeners aren’t scared to experiment and try new vegetables to see how they’ll thrive in Beith and have even successfully grown melons in 2016. The vegetables and herbs are mostly used in our training kitchen at Geilsland for the cookery workshops, including making the soup for the weekly Soup Group gang. In fact the children who attend Soup Group, as well as those who took part in the Easter Play schemes all have contributed by helping to plant seeds and flowers to decorate the poly tunnel and surrounding garden.
- Community involvement is VERY WELCOME and if you’d like to come help keep on top of the constant battle with weeding and watering we’d love to hear from you. Likewise if you ever need a specific herb or vegetable just pop in when the Astro is open and we’ll be happy to help! We often have too many of certain vegetables when they all fruit at the same time and we have a glut of leeks, or parsnips, or a particular herb and are begging for locals to take them off our hands!
We are now a registered charity group member of Suttons which means that we can offer ALL Beith Trust members and local community 50% off seeds,15% off all other products, and direct delivery to the Astro. To take avail of this offer please don’t hesitate to call into the Astro for a booking form, or call us on 01505 227440 and we’ll drop one off to you. For inspiration visit http://www.suttons.co.uk.