Monthly Archives: February 2017

Taster Day 11/02/2017

Yep, been there, done that. No snow, no wind will stop the community allotmentieers.

Our snow covered castlesnow on the plot

Neither could the garlic and broad beans be stopped. They will use every bit of sunshine and the slightest warmth to get those enzymes in the cells ticking and grow through winter.

elephant garlic coming through the snow broad beens need stacking garlic

There was time for tea of course. It was quiet, can you imagine that there was no one else? Sometimes it is nice to have this peace in the midst of an urban area and normally bustling allotments when the sun is out.

tea one

Next I feed the compost bins with some mushroom compost which were kindly donated by our very own mushroom growers at I do hope to be surprised by a bunch of mushrooms growing on top of the contents of one of the bins towards spring.

mushroom compostmushroom

And another cup of tea before covering up the new plot designated for fruit trees and shrubs with the weed control fabric in preparation for spring when we can do some work there as well.

tea two

That’s it. See you at one of the events below:

Transition Drinks 23/02 from 7pm The Olde Trout
SiT Community Allotment Taster Days 26/02 Sun,  11/03 Sat 10-14, allotments of Hamstel Road (Southend Tennis and Leisure Centre end) entrance opposite Fish and Chips Potato day 25/02 10-14 Growing Together Westcliff, Fairfax Drive. Seed Swap alongside
THE 2nd! Southend Repair Cafe 5/03 10:30-15:30 Epicquest 24 Wallis Av
Radical Fair 6/05 May, The Railway Hotel

Allotment and Garden Society: Stock in the Trading Hut this weekend


Southend East Allotment & Garden Society

Trading Hut News


17 February 2017

Dear All

Seed Potatoes Onion Sets Shallots and Garlic in the Trading Hut

The Trading Hut re-opened last weekend which of course coincided with the snow which was lovely. A few hardy souls braved the weather and picked up seed potatoes, onion sets, shallots and garlic. However there is still plenty left so hopefully the weather will be better  this weekend so we look forward to seeing this weekend

We have the following in stock.

Seed Potatoes

We will have available the following varieties available:-

1st Earlies





King Edward

Sarpo Mira



Onion Sets

We have Stuttgarter Giant (Large yellow skinned with good yield and keeping qualities), Red Baron (dark coloured, excellent for salads)

250 gram bags for  £1..00p


We have Golden Gourmet 500 gram bag for £2.50p


We have a stock of Vigor which is a soft neck garlic with a strong flavour and early to mature. White cloves with slight purplish bands. Stores well.

30 pence a bulb

We have all our usual range of gardening products including compost and manure. Additionally I have bought in a full range of John Innes composts Nos 1,2&3 plus seed compost.

So hopefully we will see you this weekend.

Dave Alston

Trading Hut Manager

Dave Alston
07801 355630

Southend East Allotment & Garden Society

Trading Hut News

Southend (East) Allotments and Garden Society

Upcoming Taster Days Sat 11/02, Sun 26/02 10-14

Southend in Transition Community Allotment
(entrance to allotments off Hamstel Road – Garon’s end – opposite fish and chips Plaice to Be)

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.

Preparing soil for winter

Taster Days

Sat 11/02 10-14
What’s it gonna look like after so many weeks? Join us for an easy session mulching the beds and preparing soil for the new season. We will continue work on the potting bench.  Lots of warm tea and coffee:)
Let us know if you have some time 9AM as we have soil to bag up at a property in Sutton Road and if you have a car which can help with the transport that’s even better.

Please share.

Sun 26/02 10-14

Join us for an easy session mulching the beds and preparing soil for the new season. Have the critters and fungi in the compost bins been busy to give us some crumbly goodness. We will continue work on the potting bench.  Lots of warm tea and coffee:)

Other events by Southend in Transition

Transition Drinks – 23/02 Thur 19:00 Olde Trout Taver

Southend Seed Swap – alongside the Potato Day 25/02 10-14 Growing Together Westcliff, Fairfax Drive

Southend Repair Cafe

Learning opportunities

Compost making

Wise watering

Soil fertility



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