Monthly Archives: July 2014

Sailing….. Workday 26.07.14

Scorching hot weather has meant we have been gasping for a bit of shade, hence a nifty bit of recycling of an old blind into a shade sail….26.07.14 7

In other news…

The tomato plants are happy in the palatial greenhouse. We harvested our first potato crop from seed potatoes kindly donated by SEEWEN. The pumpkin is continuing its quest for shed domination and we are lovingly tending to it.26.07.14 6

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A few months ago I bought a triple grafted apple tree from very interesting man who has the most amazing garden at the back of his fast food cafe in Canvey (there are gardeners everywhere!) He grows fruit trees from seeds saved from supermarket fruit and does his own grafting. I had intended to wait until autumm to plant it in the allotment but it was getting stressed in its old oil tin. Duncan had been given a lovely walnut tree by Trustlinks so we planted both, gave them lots of water and hope for the best! It is lovely to see the start of our orchard.

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And a final word from one of our dedicated volunteers

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Work day 19/07/2014

We were not sure if we manage to get much done today due to the weather but in the end the clouds spared us rain.

We worked on:
-onions dug up and drying in greenhouse
– coffee grains worked into soil and bed ready for Fiona’s beetroot and cabbage seedlings
– tomatoes took well and are watered
– pumpkin and shark fin melon growing up the shed, additional cords tied in – need to remember where the shed is as next time it might be covered in lush growth 🙂
– phacelia cut and left to wilt, to dig in next time
– Fiona attacked some brambles
– found a random spearmint plant
– permaculture principles poster went up in shed
-prized pumpkin might not get us the prize
– Duncan doing some cerebral work on the workshop design

Day finished off with some mozzarella salad, iced tea and oat cookies.

While walking through the allotment I spotted a lovely bug hotel. Little treasures of others creativity.

See you maybe next time.