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Allotment and Garden Society: Stock in the Trading Hut this weekend


Southend East Allotment & Garden Society

Trading Hut News


17 February 2017

Dear All

Seed Potatoes Onion Sets Shallots and Garlic in the Trading Hut

The Trading Hut re-opened last weekend which of course coincided with the snow which was lovely. A few hardy souls braved the weather and picked up seed potatoes, onion sets, shallots and garlic. However there is still plenty left so hopefully the weather will be better  this weekend so we look forward to seeing this weekend

We have the following in stock.

Seed Potatoes

We will have available the following varieties available:-

1st Earlies





King Edward

Sarpo Mira



Onion Sets

We have Stuttgarter Giant (Large yellow skinned with good yield and keeping qualities), Red Baron (dark coloured, excellent for salads)

250 gram bags for  £1..00p


We have Golden Gourmet 500 gram bag for £2.50p


We have a stock of Vigor which is a soft neck garlic with a strong flavour and early to mature. White cloves with slight purplish bands. Stores well.

30 pence a bulb

We have all our usual range of gardening products including compost and manure. Additionally I have bought in a full range of John Innes composts Nos 1,2&3 plus seed compost.

So hopefully we will see you this weekend.

Dave Alston

Trading Hut Manager

Dave Alston
07801 355630

Southend East Allotment & Garden Society

Trading Hut News

Southend (East) Allotments and Garden Society

Used coffee grounds sources in Southend to aid soil fertility

Hello stewards of the fertile soil!

Last few weeks I got wind of source of coffee grounds, use for your own plot, compost heap or gather for community plot to have big yields and reduce wast.


1. Utopia cafe

2. Nosh in Forum library

3. McDonald’s at Garon’s roundabout, if the young person at the till does not know what you are asking about ask team leader. Very forthcoming and can get loads. Should work the same in other establishments. Avoid lunch times and when you see 10 cars queuing up the drive thru.

4. Waitrose, near Garons, they put it in the tin bin right of main entrance, bring a bag. Same in Leigh on Sea branch

5.Costa in hospital, just ask

6. Coffee Lounge – London Road, near Crowstone Road junction

7. The Dungeon – Hamlet Court Road

So if you happen to be there or near just ask and you will be rewarded:)

Add other places in the comments below.

Saturday 9th April Plot Visit

Our latest visit themed ‘Seed, Weed and Read’, while dampened by the rain, did not dampen the spirits of all those in attendance!


We kicked the day off by bringing various materials along to the plot site, including reclaimed wood ready for our next plot building project and top soil awaiting use for our new plot dig later on this year.  Some wonderful manual labour to warm us up.


Duncan set up his compost sifting creation and commenced working through several batches of sifting with gusto, in preparation for the summer compost needs.


Next was the planting of many varieties of seeds in the greenhouse which will be planted in the beds once developed enough to transfer.  Not forgetting planting some elephant garlic kindly donated by the Site Hut.


Weeding is a never ending task and the rain did not deter our efforts to clear the beds as best as possible, despite the wet conditions.


Of course no plot visit would be complete without the essential hand and heart warming hot drinks accompanied by the tasty delights brought along by plot attendees, to include leek and potato quiche and a cous cous salad followed by the sounds of poetry recited by attendees.  All of which completed the theme perfectly and enlightened our creative sides!


Hence while the weather may have not been forgiving, our spirits were not in the least dampened and we set out to achieve our goal of ‘weed, seed and read’ with full stomachs and inspired minds.


Please do join us for our next plot visit, whether it be to simply see what we are all about, plant some seeds, weed some beds or enjoy a cup of tea in the relaxed surroundings, we warmly welcome you along!

Allotment Trading Hut News

Southend East Allotment & Garden Society

Trading Hut News

21 October 2014

We now have Broad Bean plants available for purchase at £1.40 for twelve plants. They can go in the ground now and be ready next year earlier than a spring sowing and hopefully then beat the black fly . Limited number this week but more on the way.

I am also putting together and order of Fruit Trees or Fruit Bushes.

Various varieties of Tree of Apple Pear Plum or Cherries, Black Currants, Red Currants or Gooseberries and Raspberries.

They will be at very reasonable cost if you want to be added to the order please get in touch soon.

Trading Hut Opening Hours

Saturday 12:00 till 14:00 Sunday 10:00 till 11:30

Dave Alston
07801 355630