Monthly Archives: October 2016

SiT Community Allotment Taster Days 30/10/2016 and 5/11/2016

Southend in Transition Community Allotment

Where you can learn how to grow food, look after your garden, take fresh produce home, meet new people over a shared meal and exchange ideas on how to help the community thrive.

Taster Days


Sun 30/10 10-12
Short session clearing out beds and preparing them for winter season.

Please share.

Sat 05/11 10-14
Preparing beds for winter, planting last seedlings out. Time for a bonfire, would you mind a marshmallow?!

 

Learning opportunities

Compost making

Wise watering

Soil fertility

Weeding

DIY:

water catchment and storage

Tool shed

Potting table

Materials storage

Starting new plot – digging

Visit us to plant, catch the sun, grow, water, sit, enjoy, drink tea or just chat.

How you can help us?

  • donate tools (even if broken as we might be able to fix them)
  • donate seed
  • donate your time
  • leave us a review here (thank you Louise) and here

Where is it?

Click to find our little plot off Hamstel Road. Link to MAP and picture attached.

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Upcoming Taster Days 30/10/2016 and 5/11/2016

Southend in Transition Community Allotment

Where you can learn how to grow food, look after your garden, take fresh produce home, meet new people over a shared meal and exchange ideas on how to help the community thrive.

Taster Days


Sun 30/10 10-12
Short session clearing out beds and preparing them for winter season.

Please share.

Sat 05/11 10-14
Preparing beds for winter, planting last seedlings out. Time for a bonfire, would you mind a marshmallow?!

 

Learning opportunities

Compost making

Wise watering

Soil fertility

Weeding

DIY:

water catchment and storage

Tool shed

Potting table

Materials storage

Starting new plot – digging

Visit us to plant, catch the sun, grow, water, sit, enjoy, drink tea or just chat.

How you can help us?

  • donate tools (even if broken as we might be able to fix them)
  • donate seed
  • donate your time
  • leave us a review here  (thank you Louise) and here

Where is it?

Click to find our little plot off Hamstel Road. Link to MAP and picture attached.

Kind Regards

Kamil Pachalko
07411457259

A very soothing 23/10/2016

It was a beautiful and soothing autumn morning with the sun at my favourite angle which brings colours out of the surroundings and the shadows giving depth to everything.

Or maybe it was me getting all sentimental and reflective as first thing in the morning we were picking up donated garden items from a gentleman who passed away. It was just trays and horticultural gravel, some tools but at the same time we were allowed into his private space which he obviously cherished. Finding a few DIY tricks he developed over the years which were unique to this place and needs made me feel as if the garden was left by him only yesterday and he would be ready to start up his gardening up again in a few hours time.

We took the bits  and pieces to the plot with Jodi and set them up in the greenhouse. They will be very helpful with the propagation of plants.

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Next was time for some pottering about with organising of the greenhouse which Jodi did a smashing job of and Susan took on the compost by watering it and feeding with the used coffee ground. Then she moved on to tackle the strawberry runners and for doing it the first time she was very efficient with over 20 plants ready for next years planting.

Jim continues with the plot dig over crusade and took off the doors from the new shed for us to fix them back straight so we have another space to sit in case there is some rain.

We welcomed Jane from SEEOG and shared food and some bubbly to celebrate our community work. Eileen who donated items to us in the past visited as well. It was great to catch up with a friend.

On leaving I noticed a great example of vines of all sorts utilising normally wasted space. Nothing wrong in stealing ideas like this one.

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Community Allotment Taster Day Sunday 23 October

Southend in Transition Community Allotment

Where you can learn how to grow food, look after your garden, take fresh produce home, meet new people over a shared meal and exchange ideas on how to help the community thrive.

After a successful stall at the Apple day we are going to have another stall at the Community Fayre in Nazareth House, London Road on the 22/10/2016 10-13.

 

Taster Days

Sun 23/10 10-14
Regular work day clearing out beds and preparing them for winter season. The organic gardeners will come to us for their annual visit and to share their ideas.

Please share.

 

Learning opportunities

Compost making

Wise watering

Soil fertility

Weeding

DIY:

water catchment and storage

Tool shed

Potting table

Materials storage

Starting new plot – digging

Visit us to plant, catch the sun, grow, water, sit, enjoy, drink tea or just chat.

How you can help us?

  • donate tools (even if broken as we might be able to fix them)
  • donate seed
  • donate your time
  • leave us a review here or here

Where is it?

Click to find our little plot. Link to MAP and picture attached.

Past days

Upcoming Taster Day 23/10/2016 Sunday

Southend in Transition Community Allotment

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Where you can learn how to grow food, look after your garden, take fresh produce home, meet new people over a shared meal and exchange ideas on how to help the community thrive.

After a successful stall at the Apple day we are going to have another stall at the Community Fayre in Nazareth House, London Road on the 22/10/2016 10-13.

Taster Days

Sun 23/10 10-14
Regular work day clearing out beds and preparing them for winter season. The organic gardeners will come to us for their annual visit and to share their ideas.

Please share.

 

Learning opportunities:

Compost making

Wise watering

Soil fertility

Weeding

DIY:

water catchment and storage

Tool shed

Potting table

Materials storage

Starting new plot – digging

Visit us to plant, catch the sun, grow, water, sit, enjoy, drink tea or just chat.

How you can help us?

  • donate tools (even if broken as we might be able to fix them)
  • donate seed
  • donate your time
  • leave us a review here or here

Where is it?

Click to find our little plot. Link to MAP

Past days


That’s it for now

Kamil
07411457259

I have popped down to meet up with a timebanker who is interested in getting involved. Looking forward to another beneficial relationship.

We are still lucky with the weather and the plants are getting their autumn colours.

Jim continues on the crusade of digging the Family Plot winning meter by meter over the space for us. Need to check with him if he wants a monument or plaque with his name to express our gratitude:).

I have fed our compost bins with coffee grounds and water. Some nice fungal web developing and wood lice all over helping with the decomposition.

I emptied one of the water butts in which we decompose our root weeds and weed seeds. If we put them on the normal compost we would have an invasion a year after. This way we don’t throw  them away and the fertility in them will be used next season when we empty out the leftover muck and sticks.

I got a bit sentimental Ian and Adriana as those roots were the ones we were digging up in the beginnings of the plot a few years ago and we forgot about the water butt. See how much we achieved since then…

Hope to see you next Sunday 23rd Oct 10-14.

Supplies for the plot

The warm growing season is coming to an end and we are picking the last of summer produce.

The family plot is getting on thanks to the help of Jim and Helen and generosity of Michael at http://www.Ollu.co.UK who donated the scaffolding boards. We dropped off some surplus topsoil mixed with coffee grounds onto the pile ready for when the raised beds are up.

This was a short visit and we enjoyed the low sun. As a bonus nature provided Alicja with materials for a beautiful bouquet.

See you on Sunday 23rd Oct