Last weekend we surprised ourselves with the abundance of produce and friends who came to the plot.
Before we started feasting though we cracked on with removing dead grass, Duncan combed the grass with lots of determination and I swear I could hear the grass having a sigh of relief having lost bushels of dead hay. Later on Duncan went off with the new strimmer and was very impressed with its efficiency. One day when we have more volunteers than work we will go back to the manual tools but for the sake of efficiency we are resorting to battery powered tools.
Sarah started work on potting up the strawberry runners using some of our very own compost. Last year we must have had around 50 and they were quickly gone to friends gardens. Can we make 100 this year and get some donations to help us buy materials as needed? Remember to give your strawberries a haircut this time of year to remove dead leaves and the roots will spring new leafs before winter still. Give the plants space even foot wide to let the plant have a chance to deliver on its fruiting potential and not fight off other strawberries. With runners when you pot them cut the leaves off if there are too many. The root might dry out otherwise if the leaves have to transpire too much moisture.
Fiona painted signs for the allotment so it will be easier for prospective plot holders to get hold of the contact details of the main site society and also smaller signs for us so people can get to use easier.
We delivered lots of wood which will be used to build a pergola over the storage area which can be used for climbers such as our favourite (!) shark fin melon or an actual favourite which is the grape.
The families kept on streaming in and while some of us measured the plots to be able to create designs for the orchard and family plot others prepared the gazebo, tables and food and of course harvested the food.
We had our very own cherry tomatoes, welsh onion greens, grapes (10kg), courgettes, gem squashes, corn, kale, donated aubergines and cucumbers and anything else I might have missed. There was food a plenty and we rested while chatting.
Kids played and ate and played, it was a joy to see everyone relaxed and entertained.
At the end Piotr and his daughter offered us a gong bath which everyone enjoyed after a tiring but wonderful day. The vibration took everyone on a journey of relaxation and although only short everyone looked refreshed. Amazing what different interests and skills get brought and shared at the plot. Here’s to more surprises.
And some lovely comments from everyone: