Our gardening project



Tuesday is the main gardening day at Orchard Barn during which Steve and other volunteers work on, and develop the vegetable growing area. These comprise of a series of no-dig raised beds - Hugelkulture style. Paths are sheet mulched to discourage weeds. Compost is home-made in giant heaps and make great use of natural materials that we have an abundance of. Vegetables are either enjoyed by volunteers or sold locally to help balance the costs involved in the project.

'Helping with the garden always provides me with the opportunity to learn something new and environmentally innovative.' JP Moats Tye, Combs

New volunteers welcome - either with, or without experience - please email sarah@orchardbarn.org.uk or phone 07766-054042

Our gardening project makes best use of hand tools and an organic approach. There are many advantages in these traditional, low-tech ways of working:-

  • Chemical free vegetables
  • Increased fitness
  • Collaboration and skills development
  • Quieter - we can talk, or listen to the sounds of nature
  • Kinder on the wildlife
  • No polluting fumes
  • Slower, mindful - helps counteract stress
  • Keeps old skills alive and practiced

  Gardening at Orchard Barn