Monthly Archives: May 2017

Its bean a marvelous day..

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Another glorious sunny Sunday on the plot. A slightly depleted band but still busy as the bees. Just as well as there was lots to do. We try to be broadminded about weeds but they are certainly growing with enthusiasm! Luckily we were joined by 2 new volunteers, Nicola and Molly who did a fine job clearing the edges.

The broad beans are also growing apace, I am an advocate of Autumn sowing, they get a head start and only a tiny bit of black fly to be seen. No mollycoddling of plants on this plot! Give them good soil, lots of mulch and they grow strongly.

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What a harvest! Perfect for a broad bean and mint dip at the up coming Southend Food Cultures day . 

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Helen popped by on her way to Southend Soup at the Shoeburyness Hub. She gave the rhubard and chard a bit of a chop, they have been going to seed in the hot weather and this encourages new growth.

We are delighted to see how well the grape vine is growing, looking forward to some homemade wine this year.

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And then it was off home to pod that massive basket of beans for the freezer. Thinking about that homemade wine!


Sunday 14th May Spring work day.

Last Saturday’s plot day began with rain showers but this gave way to a glorious spring day.  The plot seemed to have been on overtime since the last work session a fortnight ago, Broad beans ready to harvest, Gooseberries ripening nicely already.  Of course the unplanned plants and grass growing abundantly also, giving us some jobs and eventually nice compost.

The composting seemed to have taken off over the last month now the ambient temperature is rising, most of our fleet of bins yielding good quantities of this fantastic dark food for the plants and veggies.

This week we had a bonus of a substantial quantity of shredded organic matter from a tree pruning job, this amazingly had already partially decomposed in just 2 days and the aroma was delightfully intoxicating.  We mulched much of this directly onto veggie beds, to help retain moisture, blank out weeds and rot down, feeding them, the remainder giving some new material into the compost bins.
The asparagus ferns, donated to us by Seeorg a couple of seasons back, have been struggling due to being overcrowded by our explosive grape vine so we decided to finally create a dedicated Asparagus bed.  We dug down two spits and lined with twigs and small branches then a good layer of compost before laying the asparagus crowns over mounds before backfilling and watering well.  See you in a year for an update on that.

A well earned lunch with a variety of tasty dishes, spicy cous cous, egg fried rice, fresh salads, chia seed dessert.  A turmeric milk made by our own Ayurvedic sage Sarah, really heals and restores those flaking bodies.  We also enjoyed Water Kafir, which contains probiotics, great for restoring the healthy bacteria and is so tasty and refreshing yet simple to prepare.
Just as we sat down to eat, what perfect timing, we were joined by Emily from SAVS who came to learn about our project so as to formulate a way to incorporate the work SAVS does with Sitcomma.  Watch this space.

Once restored we took some time to share some poetry, and some healing mantra songs. s Sarah and I shared one of our favourite classic poems called Desirate, by an author unknown.  Fiona shared a gorgeous, wonderfully subtle gardening poem based around the (unplanned plants not weeds theme).  Susan shared a poem she wrote some time ago about a poor, blind thief fending for his mother, which had us imagining it was a snowy Christmas in victorian london, surreal considering the pleasantly warm day, the poem was very clever, entertaining and emotional we were in awe.

Refueled and and full of enthusiasm we finished the afternoon with some pressing jobs, Susan and I weeded the potato beds, Mark and Tilly weeded the raised beds, strawberry /  rasberry beds.  Kamil kept up the watering of  the plants and the compost while young  Nella and Mia played gayly around the plot.
We sharedsome vine cuttings which had struck over the winter, with our neighbour Jacky who very kindly, donated to us, some lovey iris ryzones.  We  try logging all our endeavors, lists are rarely completed but one tick for all who attended this work session, i’m sure was the ‘experiencing the joys of community’   Hope to see you on the plot soon,  second Saturday fourth Sunday of each month.

SiT Community Allotment Taster Days Sun 14/05/2017 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.

Taster Days – Volunteers and public welcome

Sun 14/05 10-14

Enjoy some gardening and Poetry on the plot. Bring your favourite nature related poem, write something and present or just listen to others reading.

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Enjoy some gardening and compost making.

Other events locally:

Creating a Positive Revolution in Southend – course starting 11th May Thursday

May Fayre – Sat 13/05 11am to 2pm, Growing Together Westcliff

Transition Drinks – 25/05 Thur 19:00 Olde Trout Tavern

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 – volunteer occasionally or on a regular basis
  • 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.

Past days

Photo report from a March work day 2017

Easter Egg Hunt Produces a Good Yield


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

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