A great start to the 2016 series of community allotment open days. We had a good number of people who cracked on with the weeding, cutting grass, sieving compost, identifying bugs.
The morning was cold initially but when the sun came out and the greens light up everyone was lifted. I could see there were a lot of conversations over the busy trowels and spades.
Mark came down to take pictures for his series on Southend Soup former winners while Sherry and Gloria told us about the Connecting Communities project in Bournes Green.
We had a break for lunch with an original frittata and finished off with banana load and apple cake. Not sure how many calories were burned that day but I’d hope we came out at least on zero balance:)
Although early in the year everyone took some chard, onion greens and onions home. Sweet fruits of our human and natures collaboration.
We got a lot done – at this pace the plot will be ready for planting in no time. As we don’t like to twiddle our fingers we got permission to take on another plot which will be specially designed for families with smaller children. Having a toddler myself I know looking after them it can feel like herding cats so the plot will be designed to be secure and safe whilst allowing the care giver to sit down for a moment and have a cup of tea while their little one explores the site. See low grow beds, edible flowers, willow structures, strawberry plants, bug hotels, potting area so they can take seeds home etc. We need your ideas and designs, ways to get involved to follow soon but certainly we will need a lot of muscle power to get through the first and last digging of the plot.
Totals from the day:
Present 10 adults and 2 children of which 5 new adults and 2 new children
Social action hours – prep 5, garden 32,
Produce – approx. 2 kg and 3 varieties
Calories burnt 6400 cal:)
See you next time Sat 12/03 where the topic will be Soil preparation – Soil testing – Soil improvement
How you can help:
- donate tools (even if broken as we might be able to fix them)
- donate seed
- donate your time