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Can you Spare an Hour to Help at Miri Mieri Family Garden?

Spring has sprung, and it’s time to get busy at Llantwit Major’s Miri Mieri. Last Sunday our potatoes were already shooting, benefitting from a good dose of Cowbridge Compost.

 Two-year-old Huw found two slow-worms basking under the roof-felt refuge: a chunky male, and a rubber-band-sized juvenile, golden with sleek black stripes along his side. The small one was too lively to hold, but the large male, more chilled, flicked his tongue to taste Huw’s hand, and blinked his eyelids, which snakes are unable to do. Slow-worms excrete through a single “cloaca”, which he did on Annie’s hand – was it a wee or a poo? We decided it must be a “woo”!

 On Easter Saturday, we’ll be at Miri Mieri from 2 till 4, to sow seeds, most importantly some pumpkins to become a fund-raising “guess-the-weight” giant (we hope). Also, we’ll plant onions and lettuce seedlings, which we’ll protect from cold and slugs with pop-bottle-cloches and coffee grounds.

 All ages are welcome, but children must be accompanied at all times by a responsible adult. We recommend old clothes. If the weather is too cold and wet, we’ll postpone.

 Meanwhile we desperately need help with the slightly heavier jobs that are beyond the younger Miri Mieri people. Maybe there are grandparents or older siblings – we will welcome anyone who can help. If you can spare an hour or so, weekdays or weekends, please ring 796849 or 07804 624795.

 Miri Mieri adjoins the small children’s play area near Llantonian Hall, and is a Transition Llantwit project.

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Successful Miri Mieri work day!

Transition Llantwit members had a very successful morning at the Miri Mieri garden yesterday and were very busy indeed!

We worked our way through a long list of jobs including

  • Planting the first potatoes of the year.
  • Harvesting Jerusalem artichokes, we couldn’t believe how many we found! There were many we decided to leave there.
  • Moving the wormery which is coming along nicely after being placed in the garden in Winter.
  • Planting cabbages.
  • General tidying.
I took some pictures which are shown below! Enjoy!
 
Mark Gabb
Transition Llantwit

Planting cabbages.

Harvesting Jerusalem artichokes

First potatoes of the year planted.

Annie hard at work!

Miri Mieri Garden Session, tomorrow!!!!

A reminder that Miri Mieri family garden will be springing into activity this Saturday 10th March, from 10.30 – 12.30.
All ages are invited to come and join in, children must be accompanied at all times by a responsible adult.
Old clothes and wellies are recommended.

This Transition Llantwit project depends entirely on volunteers. If you are able to lend a hand, you will be very welcome indeed!

Any enquiries to 796849 or 07804 624795, or see Transition Llantwit’s website for news and updates:https://transitionllantwit.wordpress.com

Miri Mieri Garden Session on Saturday

Miri Mieri family garden will be springing into activity this Saturday 10th March, from 10.30 – 12.30.
All ages are invited to come and join in, children must be accompanied at all times by a responsible adult.
Old clothes and wellies are recommended.

This Transition Llantwit project depends entirely on volunteers. If you are able to lend a hand, you will be very welcome indeed!

Any enquiries to 796849 or 07804 624795, or see Transition Llantwit’s website for news and updates:https://transitionllantwit.wordpress.com

Miri Mieri Work Day

Transition Llantwit members were hard at work at the Miri Mieri garden on a very wet Saturday morning. Given the time of year, there was plenty of clearing up to do ready for the growing season, including clearing brambles.

There will be many a busy Saturday coming up at the garden, and we are all looking forward to the summer months and hopefully drier days!

Seed and Plant Swap!

Transition Llantwit invites you to a Seed and Plant Swap, at the Heritage Centre on Saturday 19th November, 11.30 – 1.30.

Learn more about saving seeds from some of our Miri Mieri plants, to take home and sow next spring. You can save money, and it’s great for children to learn that seeds aren’t just something you buy in a packet! What’s more, seeds from healthy local plants are more likely to thrive in our area. Children can also make a mini-greenhouse, if they bring a clear plastic bottle.

So bring along you spare seeds or plants to share, and take home something new to grow. Don’t worry if you don’t have any, you can still join in.

This is a free event, though proceeds from refreshments and donations will benefit Llantwit Major First Responders. Enquiries: 796849 or 07804 624795.

Scary Times at Miri Mieri!

A few weeks ago we thought that a football had been kicked in to the Miri Mieri garden, but on closer inspection we were delighted to discover that it was a large yellow pumpkin!

With Halloween approaching we decided it would be a good time to harvest it so we held a pumpkin carving session on Saturday 29th October. Four families braved the damp weather to help lift the pumpkin, and braved the slime to scrape out the pulp and seeds. A not too scary face was carved by an adult helper but the poor pumpkin lost a tooth in the excitement!

All the children took some seeds home to be dried for a week or so then stored in an old envelope for planting in the spring. It was hard to believe that such a small seed could produce such a big fat pumpkin! The rest of the seeds were taken home to be roasted with a little salt for about 10 mins and the pumpkin flesh was roasted together with potatoes, shallots, carrots, celery, mushrooms and garlic drizzled with olive oil! Delicious!

Karen Westcott
Transition Llantwit