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Spring tips from SAGE

Story by Charlotte Jackson and Louisa Bruce

Mental health charity SAGE’s members have been getting crafty in preparation for spring. Our plots on
Grimesthorpe allotments are springing into life with members building raised beds, painting the sheds and warming the soil with hand-crafted soil duvets.
This is our fourteenth year at the site. In that time we have upgraded to an eco-cabin, taken on two more plots and grown many different types of vegetables. Our raised beds make it easier for people to garden and now we are focussing on making the site even more visually attractive and accessible whilst improving growing conditions.
Spike the allotment lead, says

“It’s great to see the improvements all of our members have been working towards on the site, so that we have better growing spaces for everyone during the coming year”.

Spring gardening tips
• Warm your soil ready for seed sowing
• Sow your sweet peas before the end of month
• Now is a good time to buy seed potatoes and onion sets for planting in March and April
• Sow coriander on a sunny windowsill
From late April, SAGE will be running a ten week ‘Step out to Gardening’ course, which will introduce the basics of gardening.

Photo by SAGE Greenfingers
Photo by SAGE Greenfingers

For more information on the course and the other activities run by SAGE, please call 0114 273 7718,
visit www.sagesheffield.org.uk or email enquiries@sagesheffield.org.uk

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