Yet again full steam ahead this week.

With soil temperatures rising, it was time to continue with the vegetable beds and sow carrot seeds.  It also meant that many of the overwintered plants could be moved from the protection of the glasshouses either outside or to the netted tunnel.  Summer bedding seedlings were also growing apace and many (happy!) hours were spent pricking out.  Spring and Herb planters were also being planted up for sale at the Cafes, and at Quarrymill.

It certainly was a week for moving as well.  Right Track finished emptying the compost from the compost bays and can now start building new sturdier frames.

With the opening of the Ladeside Plant Centre on Saturday it was time to move plant material from Springlands to Ladeside.  On Thursday, Jobseekers and volunteers were busy sorting the plants and setting them up on the Sales Benches.  Whilst Jean and Helen held the fort at Springlands, sorting and preparing more plants.

Saturday 1 April saw the opening of Ladeside Plant Centre. Fortunately it stayed dry and warm which encouraged some to venture out to see us.  The plant centre is now mainly stocked with our own grown plants, nurtured from seed and with our distinct labels and branding all produced at Springlands – the fruition of my vision from 2014 when I joined CheckIn Works/Giraffe