Monthly Archives: August 2017

New Stock in the Allotment Trading Hut Aug 2017

News from Dave.

Southend East Allotment & Garden Society

Trading Hut News

Southend (East) Allotments and Garden Society


31 August 2017

Dear All


Onion Sets

We now have onion sets available for autumn planting.

We have Shakespeare (white) and Blood Red (red) which are priced at £1.00 for 250grms.

This is the same price as last year.

Look forward to seeing you at the weekend.


Dave Alston

Trading Hut Manager



Trading Hut Opening Hours

 Saturday 12:00 till 14:00 Sunday 10:00 till 11:30

Dave Alston
07801 355630

Kids dig potatoes

Another much anticipated plot day and the weather smiled upon us and the lovely spuds Little Nella worked so diligently to unearth overseen by Sarah.  Just perfect to cure of the lovely potatoes before storing in clamps or potato sacks to see through winter.

With a quiet turn out, nucleus SIT members were not short of choice of jobs to keep us entertained.  Fiona harvested lots of pectin rich crab apples for jam making.  Duncan Kamil and Sarah took to green keeping duties with push mowers and hand sheers and a cheery song ” Mow Mow Mow your lawn, gently on your back, if you see a tough old weed don’t forget to hack”.  Kamil continued battling back bramble bushes on the adjacent plot, which we have adopted and hope to create a heritage orchard, using weed suppressing membrane,  Sarah helped harvested some pumpkin, blackberries and vine leaves, the latter to make stuffed vine leaves.  So resourceful.

The dinner bell couldn’t come soon enough and when we got there we discovered that Duncans sun dried tomato and onion Focaccia had already been half devoured by hungry munchkins.  Alicja the queen of fermented foods brought along some superbly healthy and tasty dishes that she’d prepared for us, we all got to ask questions about how to make her fabulous beetroot relish

Next plot day is planned for Saturday 26th August so we shall see how our hugelkultur beds have rotted down and hopefully get planting some perennial herbs ready for next year, we also have an 5ft rescue umbrella willow to plant on the children’s plot (willow weaving experts please come forward). Its all very exciting at the plot as we develop into the place that the original members envisioned. Our guests are increasing in numbers and becoming inspired to return and become involved with all our community activities. As we start to see new sustainable food culture developing in Southend we feel grateful to be part of the movement.

SiT Community Allotment Taster Days Sat 12/08/2017 10-14 presented by Southend in Transition

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

Sat 12/08 10-14
You guessed it, gardening and tea and cake but what other special things can we do? Would you like poetry, painting or … are you a secret ukelele master and want to teach us a few basic grips?

Sun 27/08 10-14
Gardening and a bit more of citizen science – the Big Bug Hunt – spot them and record them

Other events locally:

Transition Drinks – 31/08 Thur 19:00 Olde Trout Tavern

Estuary Fringe Festival 4-13th of August

Southend Soup 11/08

Southend Community Play by Capataro 12 and 13th of Aug

SEEOG visit to walled garden at Riffhams Saturday 12 August, 10:00

Westcliff Land Cultivation Society’s Summer Show at Springfield Drive Allotments, Westcliff-on-Sea 20/08 14:00

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?

  • 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

Past days

Quick Delivery

The Good Rot… and other stuff

Kind Regards

Kamil Pachalko

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Quick delivery

We popped over to the plot to feed the compost bins.

We do love compost. To get to compost though we need some help from our local gardening community. A few local gardeners are dropping off their green “waste” to us which we can use to feed the hungry compost bins. It makes life easier for them, cuts down on waste and builds our soil.

Lasagna composting – a layer of twigs or wood chip, some greens like grass cuttings or some food waste from a my local bistro Conscious Kitchen  topped with some Waitrose coffee grounds and a flush of water. Repeat and in a few months time we will be sieving through nice and crumbly compost.

If you have ideas for mutually beneficial relationships between the plot and its community and the neighborhoods, its residents and businesses call us or visit the plot for a cup of tea.