Monthly Archives: March 2017

Invitation to the 26/03 Taster Day and Seed Swap

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.

Taster Days


Sun 26/03 10-14

Gardening and the big paint job to prepare the sheds for a new season and…Seed Swap! Buy, sell, swap and donate seeds. Your regular varieties and some surprises.

Great seed swap

Sat 15/04 10-14

Enjoy some gardening and Easter Egg Hunt!! Bring the kiddies for 10:00AM


Other events by Southend in Transition

Transition Drinks – 30/03 Thur 19:00 Olde Trout Taver

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.

 

Social action hours put in by the volunteers and Trustees into running SiT, events and the plot since Sept 2016: 120 hrs. Thank you all.

Kind Regards

Kamil Pachalko
07411457259

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Family plot begins to take shape

Work day on the new family plot.  Jobs: till over area to be grass seeded, we were kindly donated a 2 stroke micro-rotovator by SEE Green party. The plot had begun to cover herself with greenery (some might say Weeds) we had to act fast before, Jim who single-handidly dug the entire plot over, the end of last year, might see. The little machine happily scrambled over the whole plot in double time and used only a couple of cups of petrol.

Whilst the plot was being prepared, Freya on her first visit to the plot worked on the layout, among some fruit trees and raised veg beds she envisioned a sensory garden including, stepping-stones, wind chimes, bunting, aromatic herbs and plants.  Watch out grand designs.

A promising discovery of several happy slow worm specimens cruising around the soon to be grass seeded area, we were more vigilant with the machinery after the first meeting with these handsome friendly guys.  This particularly gregarious boy or girl slow worm gave us a Celtic cross.

It’s ok Daddy I’ll keep shop Says Nella as Daddy wonders how he is going to repair his trusty bike trailor wheel, which at least waited until it got to the plot before deciding to shear itself away from the rest of the trailor.  This trailor has moved gear you wouldn’t believe possible.

After a tasty pan-world lunch of vegetable Massala made by Alitja and hard boiled eggs from my good trio of hen’s,  washed down with Sarah’s super healthy water Kafir drink.  Sorry no pictures  of the lunch this time, we must have been too consumed in both meanings of the word. The last jobs to round of a useful session was to fix up a Wendy house, some concrete garage sections made for a quick, solid and dry base, to help try and give this little children’s haven a third lease of life, yes This belonged to Freya before being donated to the neighbours who now donated back!.  Needs some new perspex for windows and a lick of paint, time for an art attack!  Leaving the plot I’m sure I speak for all when I recall the strong sense of achievement and comradary among not only our team but our lovely plot neighbours who are endlessly keen to share a kind word and often some useful tips, all part of the great allotment spirit.  Big Thanks to Kamil who returned the next day by himself to sew grass seed and a deploy netting system.

March Taster Days

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.

Taster Days

 

Sat 11/03 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.
If the weathers good we will have a go at working on the family plot and turning it into an amazing place for the kiddies.

Sun 26/03 10-14

Regular working day and…Seed Swap! Buy, sell, swap and donate seeds. Your regular varieties and some surprises.

Other events by Southend in Transition

Transition Drinks – 30/03 Thur 19:00 Olde Trout Taver

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.

Social action hours put in by the volunteers and Trustees into running SiT, events and the plot since Sept 2016: 120 hrs. Thank you all.

Kind Regards

Kamil Pachalko
07411457259

Seed Swapping

After a long winter of more cerebral activity its time to get the wellies on and get out there. In the Southend area the traditional start to this is Potato day. This is held by the dedicated folks of South East Essex Organic Gardeners  (SEEORG) at Trust Links, Growing Together, Westcliff. This year we were invited to host a Seed Swap stall.

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Seed swapping gives people the opportunity to share a valuable commodity. Anyone with a bit of interest in gardening seems to end up with a LOT of seeds. They may have seeds left over from packets, most of us dont have room to grow the plants from an entire packet, maybe they tried to grow something that didnt work for them. Some of us have started saving seeds. It all encourages diversity, sustainabilty and less reliance on commercial seed growers.

The somewhat disapointing weather didnt put off the keen potato buyers and once they had stocked up on seed potatoes and onion and garlic sets they came over to browse our wide range. Danielle Neadley had a beautifully arranged selection….( well she is a professional! )

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whereas our side was a bit of a pick ‘n mix ! Plus delicious parsnip and ginger cake baked by Duncan.

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We had a number of people who took away a few seed of this and that in a twist of newspaper. A good way to try out something new.

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I took some time out to do some shopping, so much nicer than a supermarket. Seed potatoes of course, Desiree, a reliable maincrop, and an interesting looking purple variety. Trust Links shop had fresh oyster mushrooms from local growers Urban Farmers and Shoeburyness Honey from the lovely Essex Bees.

Ian from WoodView Gardens had a temping selection of products at his stall.

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Must avoid more seeds(!)…. did buy some funky purple striped pure wool garden twine, and a bag of volcanic dust from Remin, Scotland. Ian stocks the most amazing compost products made by Dalefoot composts …from sheeps wool.

Shopping over, it was time for delicious curry made by the local Asian community and a chat with new friends and old. Enjoying a spot of music while waiting for the raffle.

All in all a good day out. Come join us next time. Look out for the Trust Links Mayfayre and come along and join us at our Taster days on the allotment. Look forward to seeing you.