Members of Fitzwilliam College were given Halloween treats of the vegetable kind this week.
Our team of gardeners and postgraduate students have been growing a wide range of fruit and vegetables in the community allotments behind Wilson Court, a potager by New Court and a kitchen garden next to the Master’s Lodge.
Produce was made available to the entire College free of charge and included numerous varieties of chillies, herbs, rainbow chard, leeks, onions – and of course, many pumpkins.
The beds at Wilson Court are open to all students and staff and are used for both individual growing and regular communal gardening sessions using seeds and equipment paid for by the College.
Head Gardener Steve Kidger said: “The produce was snapped up – we think that our Halloween Harvest was particularly spooktacular this year.
“Our allotments are used a lot and provide a free and convenient way for members of the College to leave the library and get outdoors with other people they might otherwise not have the chance to interact with.”
Now that the pumpkins have been harvested, the garden team will soon be planting hyacinth bulbs by New Court to attract bees and pollinators and encourage more biodiversity in the College.