Our second official visit to the plot of 2016 saw us enjoying the first hints of Spring with the glow of warming sunshine accompanied by bird song – what a great start to the year! The warmth enabled some to shed a layer of triple winter clothing as recycled wood was moved to the site ready for plans to create a performing stage in the near future and the addition of the first few bags of a large batch of shingles to the site ready for a team effort to transport the rest in the next week or so.
Totals from the day:
Present 6 adults and 4 children of which 1 new adults and 2 new children
Social action hours – prep 2, garden 13,
Produce – approx. 0.3kg of 1 variety
Calories burnt 2600 cal:)
The theme of the day was to test the pH balance of the soil so that we can gain a better understanding of its changes over time and gauge its current levels. Our youngest plot supporter, Nella, was on hand to help oversee everyone and make sure that the soil testing was going to plan ;0)
We used a pH testing prong as well as took soil samples in jars from various areas and combined these with water ready for testing. The children were extremely helpful in gathering these samples and labelling them accordingly, but were also specialist in discovering the woodlouse kingdom lurking beneath a slab. Well done guys!
Duncan also tested his drone in order to get some aerial shots of the plot, although the batteries failed us on this occasion but show that we can blend tradition with modern technology!
The first seeds of the season (basil and rocket) were planted in the greenhouse and accompany the bed planted horseradish, all of which were generously watered by the younger helpers. A spot of weeding and tidying around the plot saw the days work nearing to an end, with the children enjoying a game of swingball before sitting down to enjoy a nice cuppa and the delicious food brought along by attendees to share which included buckwheat and roasted veg salad (Alicja’s masterpiece) and fruit and nut cake (Duncan’s delight).
Our friends at the the Allotment Society trading hut would also like to share some of their fine produce with you, as pictured below.
Our next session at the plot is Saturday 26th of March 10:00 – 14:00. Exciting things planned
10:30 Easter Egg Hunt
11:00 Seed Swap
13:15 Seed Bomb Making
We look forward to seeing you there.