Author Archives: Kamil Pachalko

Pruning, cutting, bagging

Good day, Dave cutting down and bagging up post pruning, Duncan getting vine grape in order, planting twigs and delivering compost, I was climbing trees and extending children monkey gym frame. Two separate visits from Louise who wants to pop in with kids regularly and Anne and Heather who wanted to come and help out as well. Best of it all they both love Jerusalem artichoke, I think I will weep from happiness to find fellow souls ๐Ÿ˜‚ extra promotion making a difference share on social media and bring friends along.

Enjoy Trust Links Wassailing today

Compost bathing 21/8

Buzzing on the plot. The girls painted the new swing frame and made it more encouraging ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŽ‰as before it looked a bit mighty and stern. They played, drawn and crafted the rest of the day.

Duncan found joy in sifting a tonne of compost and bagged up it awaits its use patiently. Steve joined in between preparing for the next XR actions and lend a hand to us. Join the movement details below.

Tilly found a lot of uses for the wild plants while weeding. Plenty of leaves stalks, roots and seeds to work with๐Ÿค”๐Ÿด

Fiona found lots and lots of beans growing, the yellow and green variety. It seemed like we planted them just last week but the warmth and rains spurred them on:)

We harvested first leaves from the perennial kales planted this year, they are nearly filling out the netted cages we built for them. They might reach two meters so we will have some DIY ahead๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ˜Š.

Perennial leeks were growing well, cant wait till autumn for the first harvest. I gave them some nutrition using our tad stinky compost tea๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜’ and placed the muck around the plants . That should keep them going for a while. Look out for upcoming sessions

Grape vine getting a hair cut 8/7

Weather forecast wasn’t the most encouraging but we tried anyway and apart from a small drizzle were fine out on the plot๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘Œ

Duncan had another go at the vine which is prolific again this year. The season hasn’t been the best with the unusual weather (wink wink climate crisis is here already) but the grape is a sturdy and reliable producer so far. It’s positioned against the greenhouse and benefits from it heating up early in the season, warmth at night, support and some wind shelter. As a result we can expect easily 40 to 60 liters of grapes and that despite Duncan thinning half of the fruit!!!

We will though thin it right down in autumn as it is completely shading out the greenhouse for the summer so balance is called for. There will be lots of potential twigs to start new plants so let us know if you want some.

Jen worked on the asparagus and sorrel bed. Weeds tried to take over and sorrel was ready for harvest so the bed looks bare now but the roots have all those goodness in them to re sprout and feed us without the need for digging, seeding, planting as the perennials will keep on giving.

I had a go at making a swing frame from scaffolding boards as the previous one was starting to creak suspiciously and our kids are growing. I might have overdone it with the height for now ๐Ÿค”but am sure that under Jen’s scouts trained eye and with Duncan’s DIY skills set we are going to end up with a robust product an Olympian gymnast would be proud off.

Oh and there are so so many flowers on the plot. So much food for pollinators ๐Ÿ’๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒน

Pergola is on the up 26/6/21

An update from the Open day and follow up visits. Tilly took care of the rhubarb bed, nice to see it again and potted up 10 plus for give aways and donations. Demanding job but satisfying indeed

The plot is looking lush and abundant while tranquil thanks to so many people helping to create this space.

Shaun brought his hand drawn map of the allotments part of his art project and got involved with Clive in preparing the wood for the pergolas. They will give us vertical growing spaces and a pleasant feature to the plot.

Duncan did his mid season check on the grape vine by pruning it to encourage fruit growth.

Kath in turn helped us to experiment with the green cuttings and applied rooting gel and potted them up.m

Mia watered some of the plants and herded some snails.

Susan and Susan popped in for a chat, a nit of inspiration and some tips.

A few days later I planted runner beans , courgettes, climbing beans, potatoes, perennial onion and leeks. Strawberries are ripening as well so good time to visit

Interested? Join us on the 10th and 24th Sat 10-14 ๐Ÿ˜Š

Taster Day and Seed Share – coronavirus update – SUN 22/03 11-15 Southend in Transition Community Allotment

Hi, we are planning to have a the taster day on the plot as some of our members felt they would benefit from the fresh air and social contact where safe distance can be kept. In the context of the coronavirus we are making some modifications to manage better risks and benefits of being on the plot. I hope you understand and can join us for an enjoyable session. Growing your own food can help reduce your families dependency on store bought produce and leave more supplies for the elderly and vulnerable who might not be able to grow their own. You can also donate your surplus to local charities.

-if feeling unwell please check advice from Public Health and don’t come to the plot https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

– greeting from a distance or elbow fives recommended – it’s an open space so people can keep reasonable distance, 2 m recommended.
-if you are planning to bring children to the plot the parents will be responsible for supervision and ensuring social distancing is adhered to, we will suggest activities you can do in your family group

-handwashing facility to be provided, water, soap, alcohol gel

-food and drink- no potluck this time-everyone encouraged to bring own flasks/drinks and lunch /snacks

-for local updates sign up to Southend Borough Council newsletter and tick Public Health news https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKSOUTHENDBC/subscriber/new?qsp=CODE_RED

Being in nature, doing physical activity and having positive social contact can improve wellbeing so we are able to weather all sorts of crisis better but consider your individual and social networks circumstances and health.

Taster Day

SUN 22/03 11-15

Southend in Transition Community Allotment

(entrance to allotments off Hamstel Road โ€“ Garonโ€™s end โ€“ opposite fish and chips Plaice to Be MAP)

Where you can learn how to grow food, look after your garden, take fresh produce home, relax in nature, meet new people over a shared meal and exchange ideas on how to help the community thrive

Taster Days – Volunteers and public welcome

SUN 22/03 11-15

2nd session of this year, get your wellies on and join us for a taster session. Lets brainstorm how we develop the plot in 2020. Potluck lunch, tea and coffee provided.

11:00 am: Set up

11:30 am: Tea and chat – what do we want to achieve on the allotment today?

12:00 pm: Tour of the plot

1:00 pm: Own lunch

All day: various gardening jobs, seed share.

Join us at any time during the day for a cuppa and a chat!

Sun 29/03 11-15

More DIY, relaxing in nature, good conversations while weeding or some meditation when tending to the beds. Potluck lunch, tea and coffee provided.

Pop in even if only for a chat.

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Past days

As the plot prepares for slumber 17th Nov โ€™19

Sowing the seeds of community

End of year celebration get together Jan 5th 2020

Other events and groups:

Think Global/Drink Local โ€“ usually Railway Hotel Thursdays – online alternative to be advertised – 26/03 19:00-21:00

Repair Cafe sign up and look out for more

Southend Extinction Rebellion group – training, talks, socials and non-violent direct action at this critical time in history

Regular opportunities:

Plots on the main Southend East site. Contact Dave on 07801355630 Well stocked trade hut.

TonyWagstaff or 07766727266

and more:

Earthangel Allotment School, Mendip Wildlife Gardens, St Laurence Orchard Work Days – Trust Links, Community Tree Nursery

Southend Allotments for individual plots

Learning opportunities

Compost making

Wise watering

Soil fertility

Weeding

DIY

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

Kind Regards

Kamil Pachalko

07411457259

Southend in Transition

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