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Maidstone Shepway Chariots - April Update

Maidstone Shepway Chariots - April Update



Maidstone Shepway Chariots - April Update 

So, what have we been up to?

Shepway Shallots have been very busy, March 23rd saw 24 Shallots and their parent/guardian take to the streets of Shepway armed with litter picks and black bin bags in aid of the Keep Britain Tidy’s ‘Great British Spring Clean’ they collected 8 black sacks full of rubbish from off the streets in our community. Many residents came out of their houses to thank the Shallots for all their hard work, with one kind lady gifting a bag of lollipops to our amazing little Litter Heroes. Each Shallot was presented afterwards with a certificate for their amazing effort. 

Way to go Shallots we are VERY proud of you. A fantastic Community effort by all who took part, not just us from Shepway Chariots but from all the other organisation who done their bit too. 

On the 27th April the Shallots assisted Maidstone Borough Council in the planting and sowing of the wild meadow on the green in Shepway. This was a very windy morning and was slightly tricky sowing the seeds, but we all had great fun. Thank you to Maidstone Borough Council for inviting us along.

What an Eggcelent afternoon

April the 13th was Shepway Chariots Easter Event. This year we held our Easter event at the community garden and despite the crazy weather of hailstones and sunshine all morning, we saw nearly 100 visitors attend and join in with the Easter fun. From our human lucky dip and nerf gun alley to our Easter bonnet competition and our crazy chicken races it certainly helped to provide the ingredients for a perfect fun filled family afternoon. 

We would like to thank all who came along and helped to bring the community together.

Holiday Picnic

April 18th was our family picnic. Children and parents took part in free games and crafting activities, collected the chicken eggs from our community chickens and even shared their picnics with the chickens on our new patio. Plus, the added fact that the sun was shining made it even better.

Visit from Parkway Primary

We welcomed 41 pupils from the reception year of Parkway Primary school on Thursday 25th April. The children made grass heads, sowed beans and sunflowers, in order to take part in this year’s sunflower competition. They made Cheerio bird feeders, met, fed and named our new chickens and enjoyed helping to bark our flower beds. Each child received a book on ladybirds and a badge from Shepway Chariots, we fully hope they enjoyed there visit as much as we did. We look forward to their next visit.

Oh Bee-Have!

It is with much excitement that I can confirm that Shepway Chariots have taken delivery of our first beehive. This is with thanks to Cllr Eddie Powell who kindly funded this project and also with the help of the guys at Bray’s Bees. This hive will soon be set up and we will welcome the new arrival of Shepway Chariot’s colony, meaning eventually we are planning to offer locally produced honey, which we are really looking forward too.

Maidstone Horticultural Society

Shepway Chariots entered this years Spring show, our first ever show of any kind. Despite being very nervous and unsure of what was required. Shepway Chariots entered 9 classes and placed in 6, several of our Shepway Shallots entered 10 classes and placed in 8. This was a tremendous achievement for all who took part, we are currently working on the next show which will see Shepway Chariots enter at the Kent County Show which is taking place this July at the Kent Event Centre.

Rolling

Bacon roll mornings are every Thursday. All are welcome to come along and join us for a free cuppa and a bacon roll. Make new friends and see the garden first hand.

Volunteers needed

Do you have a spare hour or so during the week? Would you enjoy getting out and meeting new people. Perhaps you are a keen gardener or even just a novice. Either way we would warmly welcome anyone who would be willing to volunteer an hour of their time during the week to come and lend a hand. Perhaps doing some planting, or weeding, feeding the chickens or just to sit and enjoy a cup of tea. We need you!!

To Do 

We thought we would finish off this blog with a few bits of advice on what you should be doing around your garden at this time. With summer just around the corner preparing your garden for the coming months now will help to make sure everything runs smoothly, although a gardener’s work is never truly done.

One of the more mundane jobs is the clearing out and cleaning down of the greenhouse. All last season’s material should be removed, a garden disinfectant should be used to wash down all staging, and frame work. Removing any dirt or moss from the glass will allow in more light as well as help you to control any pests. Clearing out the guttering as well as checking your water butts will assist in setting the foundations for the new approaching season.

Deadhead your daffodils, this will ensure all of the plant’s energy is sent back to the bulb, storing its energy for next year’s flowers. Be careful and only remove the flower head by pinching it out with your finger and thumb, leaving all the green foliage to die back naturally. 

Ensure all your bird feeders are full, keeping your bird baths topped up will also encourage birds into your garden. Our feathered friends will truly appreciate a little help at this time of year. Furthermore, sowing some bee friendly seeds and growing some flowers or shrubs such as Rosemary and sweet violets will set the scene for our ever-important bumble bees.

As the weather warms up, the weeds will awaken. Be sure to keep up with the weeding as they grow very quickly. Perhaps consider mulching your garden beds and borders as this will certainly help cut down on the weeding side of things, not to mention the natural benefits mulch can bring. 

Now is the perfect time to sow some radish, lettuce, chillies, herbs and beetroot. Choose a great selection that you will enjoy in your summer salads. Beans can also be sown be they, French, runner or climbing but remember they all like a nice sunny position with good drainage.

Thank you once again for reading our blog. If you have any questions, please contact me and we will be only to happy to help. 

Take it easy

Nikki – Shepway Chariots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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