Monthly Archives: April 2016

Sunday Session 24/04/16

The usual suspects turned up to brave the weather again ( predicted snow!) fortunately only a bit of rain and hail, interspersed with enough sunshine to keep us motivated.

I have my usual tour of the plot, checking on what’s new, everything is looking green and healthy. The seeds we planted in the greenhouse are mostly romping away but the “permanent” marker turned out not to be, so its going to a guessing game for some plants, all part of the fun.

On the agenda today is to start on the  potting/tool  extension to our shed, rather a tricky project as the allotment society have put new rules in place about buildings. We do aim to keep to the rules. Kamil and Duncan have been collecting old doors and have a plan…

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Jodie got stuck in planting potatoes that had already sprouted, everything is keen on this plot.IMAG0032

I got with potting on the gem squash and beetroot choggia, yum, my 2 favorite veg! Here is a preview to whet your appetite

We had some surprise visitors for tea and advice. Nicola and Marie from ” Growing for the Future” community allotment. They are a new project based at Eastern Ave allotment site and need lots of help and donations of stuff, tools etc. You can read more about them at http://southendsoup.co.uk/proposals/proposals-sun-20-march-2016/ . they were presenting at our friend Southend Soup.

A delicious lunch to keep our strength up, thank you Alicja for the split pea soup, just what was needed!

Then Alicja and Nella helped to replant the strawberries in the new fruit bed. Looking forward to a good harvest.

A final pause to admire our handiwork and homeward bound. Join us next time!

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Saturday 9th April Plot Visit

Our latest visit themed ‘Seed, Weed and Read’, while dampened by the rain, did not dampen the spirits of all those in attendance!

 

We kicked the day off by bringing various materials along to the plot site, including reclaimed wood ready for our next plot building project and top soil awaiting use for our new plot dig later on this year.  Some wonderful manual labour to warm us up.

 

Duncan set up his compost sifting creation and commenced working through several batches of sifting with gusto, in preparation for the summer compost needs.

 

Next was the planting of many varieties of seeds in the greenhouse which will be planted in the beds once developed enough to transfer.  Not forgetting planting some elephant garlic kindly donated by the Site Hut.

 

Weeding is a never ending task and the rain did not deter our efforts to clear the beds as best as possible, despite the wet conditions.

 

Of course no plot visit would be complete without the essential hand and heart warming hot drinks accompanied by the tasty delights brought along by plot attendees, to include leek and potato quiche and a cous cous salad followed by the sounds of poetry recited by attendees.  All of which completed the theme perfectly and enlightened our creative sides!

 

Hence while the weather may have not been forgiving, our spirits were not in the least dampened and we set out to achieve our goal of ‘weed, seed and read’ with full stomachs and inspired minds.

 

Please do join us for our next plot visit, whether it be to simply see what we are all about, plant some seeds, weed some beds or enjoy a cup of tea in the relaxed surroundings, we warmly welcome you along!

Seed, Weed and Read

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At …. Southend in Transition Community Allotment Saturday 09/04/16, 10 am to 1pm

Bring your poetry out in the fresh spring air. Come along to streeeeech those winter muscles or just join us for lunch. Bring your own poems or read a favorite piece. We will also have paints and brushes if you fancy a spot of shed painting.

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