Monthly Archives: June 2018

Summer Solstice Hot Plot Sunday 24th June ’18

With the Summer Solstice celebrations still resonating in our ears and consciousness from Thursday we felt the Community allotment heartily welcoming us at this poignant time of the year.  What bounty greeted us in the hot shade hunting day.

With the help of the NatWest team building corporate day work party who, during the week, cleared the weeds and scrub from around the young fruit trees in the new orchard we were able to focus our attention on adding material, brought in from our homes to the super composter, and carrying out some urgent repairs and maintenance of the shed and tool storage cupboards

We have received a lot of new equipment and plants recently what with Kamil transferring all his allotment infrastructure, having given up his own plot on Eastern avenue, to allow more time to focus on the Community plot.  I was assigned the exciting task of installing a reedbed water garden to the little pond with fish, this does a wonderful natural cleansing and has the added bonus of growing wonderful highly nutritious watercress.  The reedbed is currently fed by hand but will shortly be fed with a solar powered water pump.

We harvested Rhubarb, Rasberries, the last of strawberries, broad beans, some lavender and our copious grape vine provided some vine leaves, yum!

We are missing our good comrade Fiona who is not yet mobile enough to come to the plot after her recent foot surgery however it was nice to welcome two new families this session and a tasty pot luck lunch of rice salad, tasty breads, and VGFWFSF (Vegan Gluten free Wheat free Sugar free ) bannana pancakes all welcomed by the hungry plotters.

Kamil’s battery drill whisked fresh strawberry smoothies were a taste of paradise.

With the current drought we are experiencing having had no rainfall for the last month, and our waterbutts depleted, it was necessary to have the standpipe hoses on for watering the parched plot plants  We had to be mindful that water is a precious commodity and hose pipe bans are threatened.   By station watering only on the plants and veg this not only gets the water where it’s needed but prevents watering weeds.

Hope you can join us for the next amazing community growing day on Saturday 9th July

Stay loving stay hopeful Your writers for this installment Sarah & Duncan


Taster Day – Sun 24/06 10-14 SiT Community Allotment

Taster Day – Sun 24/06 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 24/06 10-14

Clearing and tending to the orchard, feeding the strawberries and grapes, installing the water butt, prep for building up storage area.

11:30 tour of the plot

The Big Bee Count

12:30 lunch – potluck

Visit to have a cup of tea with us.

Sat 14/07 10-14

Joyful gardening.

Other events and groups locally:

Think Global/Drink Local – 27/06 Wed 19:00 Railway Hotel pop in for THE community social meet up, open to all groups and individuals interested in local community and sustainability

Repair Café Pictures Shoebury Hub

St Laurence Orchard Work Days – Trust Links

Essex Wildlife Trust – Woodland Craft Workshops and much more

Leigh Folk Festival 21-24/06

Summer Fayre, Shoeburyness Growing Together Wed 4/07 15:15-18:30

SEEOG Talk 16/07 "A School Garden – Why?"

Southend Pride Festival 21/07 12-20

Southend Festival 01/07-15/08

Regular opportunities:

Vacant plots on the main Southend East site available. Contact Dave on 07801355630 Well stocked trade hut.

Amazing World and Life Changing Books Selection – Fundraiser for SiT or 07766727266, park in or around Cluny Sq

Earthangel Allotment School

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 and here

Where is it?

Click to find our little plot off Hamstel Road. Link to MAP

Past days

Allotment after a drizzle

Kind Regards

Kamil Pachalko

Southend in Transition

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Allotment after a drizzle

The strawberries are going very well and there is a promise of raspberries, blueberries and grapes in the coming months. Bumble bees enjoying self seeded poppies. Let’s see how the SEEOG tomatoes perform this season. Planted them deep as the plant can produce roots alongside the whole stalk – giving it a good start.