They say what goes around comes around, well its certainly true for two local charities.
With 10 acres of ground and over 600 species of plants, it takes a lot of compost to keep our soil healthy and productive. So we are really pleased to be working in partnership with the Donkey Sanctuary in nearby Sutton Coldfield.
Naturally, the donkeys produce a lot of poo… on a daily basis. With limited space on site the Sanctuary needs places where they can ‘recycle’ the recycled donkey food. As well as some very lucky allotment holders, Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens are thrilled to be able make good use of lots of donkey ‘soil improver’.
Normally we add the fresh, straw laden donkey-doo to our compost heap to rot down into nutrient rich earth to use on the vegetable beds or in potting compost. At this time of year it can go directly onto some of our Wilderness beds to act as a ‘mulch’; keeping in the warmth, suppressing any weeds that feel like poking their heads above the ground and, eventually, improving the structure of the soil.
Today, volunteers Jack, Roy and John kept themselves warm raking and spreading the new delivery from the Donkey Sanctuary. Thanks folks …. and donkeys #wegrowtogether
Find out how to visit our donkey friends here The Donkey Sanctuary opening times
It’s that time of year again. Can you help us out?
Tulips were a ‘really big thing’ for our Gardens’ founders. In the 17th century there was even ‘tulipmania’; massive fortunes were won and lost by enthusiasts and tulip traders.
These days we’re a bit more level headed, but we are mad about the beauty of our spring borders.
Many of our lovely ‘daffs’ come back year after year and naturalise in the orchard and grassy banks. But like tulips, they need renewing every now and then.
This year we have over 2,000 tulips, daffodils and narcissi to plant before the cold frost comes.
Can you help us?
You don’t need to be an expert, just come and join us on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday mornings next week and be part of the planting team. We’ll show you how.
We’ll be planting from 10am – 12.30 . on 29th, 30th November & 1st December. Weather permitting. Warming tea and coffee supplied. Turn up at 10, or contact us in advance.
Plant the little globes full of flower goodness… stand back and wait for a spectacular spring!
PS There will be a lot of kneeling and digging with a hand trowel
De Wit make garden tools – of consummate beauty
Two members of the amazingly talented garden toolmakers, de Wit, made a flying and unexpected visit to the Gardens today.
My, we’re all of aglitter and aglow!
Sietse and Derk-klass de Wit had just flown in to be part of the GLEE garden show at the NEC, but instead of hanging around their stall they hopped into a taxi for a quick whizz round our Gardens.
De Wit are a family firm based in the Netherlands, but their exquisite hand forged garden tools are known and revered worldwide. See their stunning site here The Garden Tool Factory. If you follow our facebook page you will see many shared photos by their brother Derk de Wit who takes the most inspiring photographs of gardens.
Dutch born Captain William Winde, cousin to the Bridgeman family, heavily influenced the design of our gardens in the late 17th century, so, Dutch style and quality is a long term companion for us.
We sell a small selection of the carbon steel and ash handled tools in our shop, they are not cheap but they do literally last a lifetime and acquire a handsome patina with use. If there is a serious gardener in your life, here is where you will find that special gift.
To top the day for me, Sietse also offered to support our volunteer gardeners by supplying them with some tools too. Our cup runneth o’er.