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Kids dig potatoes

Another much anticipated plot day and the weather smiled upon us and the lovely spuds Little Nella worked so diligently to unearth overseen by Sarah.  Just perfect to cure of the lovely potatoes before storing in clamps or potato sacks to see through winter.

With a quiet turn out, nucleus SIT members were not short of choice of jobs to keep us entertained.  Fiona harvested lots of pectin rich crab apples for jam making.  Duncan Kamil and Sarah took to green keeping duties with push mowers and hand sheers and a cheery song ” Mow Mow Mow your lawn, gently on your back, if you see a tough old weed don’t forget to hack”.  Kamil continued battling back bramble bushes on the adjacent plot, which we have adopted and hope to create a heritage orchard, using weed suppressing membrane,  Sarah helped harvested some pumpkin, blackberries and vine leaves, the latter to make stuffed vine leaves.  So resourceful.

The dinner bell couldn’t come soon enough and when we got there we discovered that Duncans sun dried tomato and onion Focaccia had already been half devoured by hungry munchkins.  Alicja the queen of fermented foods brought along some superbly healthy and tasty dishes that she’d prepared for us, we all got to ask questions about how to make her fabulous beetroot relish

Next plot day is planned for Saturday 26th August so we shall see how our hugelkultur beds have rotted down and hopefully get planting some perennial herbs ready for next year, we also have an 5ft rescue umbrella willow to plant on the children’s plot (willow weaving experts please come forward). Its all very exciting at the plot as we develop into the place that the original members envisioned. Our guests are increasing in numbers and becoming inspired to return and become involved with all our community activities. As we start to see new sustainable food culture developing in Southend we feel grateful to be part of the movement.

SiT Community Allotment Taster Days Sat 12/08/2017 10-14 presented by Southend in Transition

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

Sat 12/08 10-14
You guessed it, gardening and tea and cake but what other special things can we do? Would you like poetry, painting or … are you a secret ukelele master and want to teach us a few basic grips?

Sun 27/08 10-14
Gardening and a bit more of citizen science – the Big Bug Hunt – spot them and record them


Other events locally:

Transition Drinks – 31/08 Thur 19:00 Olde Trout Tavern

Estuary Fringe Festival 4-13th of August

Southend Soup 11/08

Southend Community Play by Capataro 12 and 13th of Aug

SEEOG visit to walled garden at Riffhams Saturday 12 August, 10:00

Westcliff Land Cultivation Society’s Summer Show at Springfield Drive Allotments, Westcliff-on-Sea 20/08 14:00

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 (thank you Louise) and here

Where is it?

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

Past days

Quick Delivery


The Good Rot… and other stuff

Kind Regards

Kamil Pachalko
07411457259

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The Good Rot… and other stuff

 
Sunday’s allotment day was all about the amazing raised beds that are being built on the new family plot. They are intended to act as a fence to keep to children in and also be easy for them to reach so they can enjoy the experience of growing stuff.
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We have got new battery pack tools from a grant and donated scaffold boards .We are very grateful to Inez and Alex and friends for their hard work. It is only thanks to all those who volunteer time and energy that we can achieveas much as we have.
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A keen crowd assembled to get stuck in, the usual tasks ..weeding and more weeding awaited.
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The tomatoes are growing well and need further staking. The various pumpkins and squashes have loved the recent rain. I was excited to see some gem squash appearing ( a South African favourite). Our grape vine is going to give us a bumper harvest this year.
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The raised beds project is going to use the idea of Hugelculture. Thanks to Tree Fella for your donations This involves layering large pieces of wood, logs etc, then smaller branches and twigs, then greenwaste..leaves, weeds and grass cuttings . Add some other organic waste… we are using spent mushroom compost from The Urban Farmers and coffee grounds from various establishments around town. And then top it of with a layerof topsoil compost mix.
First Duncan lined the beds with plastic and old builders bags to protect the sides and improve water retension. Then the bottom was covered with cardboard to suppress weeds, this will eventually rot down.

 

Mark and his family are new plot visitors and we soon had them hard at work, here they are filling up with the first wood layer

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Then the other layers go on and its all watered down very well….

 

Can you see the Good Rot getting started??

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All ready for planting. We are planning a sensory herb, vegtable and flower garden in this section.

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We had a number of new visitors to the site… Linda and Lizzie from community group “piertalk” https://www.piertalk.com/wp/they came along to discuss ways our two groups might help each other. Norman and Sylvie, local residents to chat about the community gardens in their sheltered scheme and to exchange ideas about composting and Mark and his family to talk about professional chefs and restaurants getting linked up with local gardeners and growers.

With all that hard word we still make time for lunch and a chat and laugh under the shade of our new gazebo.

 

And all to soon the rain clouds rolled in and it was time to leave the plot to the plants and the bugs and the worms and the good rot.

 

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SiT Community Allotment Taster Days Sun 23/07/2017 10-14 presented by Southend in Transition

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 23/07 10-14

Gardening and a bit more of citizen science – the Big Bug Hunt – spot them and record them and Earthworm Watch – lets find out the health of our soil and its inhabitants.

Sat 12/08 10-14
You guessed it, gardening and tea and cake but what other special things can we do? Would you like poetry, painting or … are you a secret ukelele master and want to teach us a few basic grips?


Other events locally:

Transition Drinks – 27/07 Thur 19:00 Olde Trout Tavern

Handmade and Happy Skills Festival 30/12 Growing Together Westcliff. Get your tickets now. Surplus money will be donated to Little Free Pantry Southend and your very own Southend in Transition

Hadleigh Folk Picnic 22/07

Estuary Fringe Festival 4-13th of August

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 (thank you Louise) and here

Where is it?

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

Past days

Lunch and cheers from the plot

So, so many of us

Kind Regards

Kamil Pachalko
07411457259

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SiT Community Allotment Taster Days Sun 09/07/2017 10-14 presented by Southend in Transition

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 09/07 10-14

Gardening, watering and lots of vit D:), the Big Bee Count – spot them and record them.

Sun 23/07 10-14

Gardening and a bit more of citizen science – the Big Bug Hunt – spot them and record them


Other events locally:

Transition Drinks – 27/07 Thur 19:00 Olde Trout Tavern

Village Green Festival 08/07 Sat 11-9PM

SEEOG Talk – 17/07 Mon 8PM Growing Together Westcliff – The future of organic seed

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 (thank you Louise) and here

Where is it?

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

Past days

Sunday 11th June 2017 Hot plot day

Lunch and cheers from the plot

Kind Regards

Kamil Pachalko
07411457259

Email UNSUBSCRIBE to stop receiving updates for the plot.

SiT Community Allotment Taster Days Sun 25/06/2017 10-14 presented by Southend in Transition

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 25/06 10-14

Listening to the bees, watching the clouds and gardening

Sun 09/07 10-14

Gardening, watering and lots of vit D:)


Other events locally:

Transition Drinks – 29/06 Thur 19:00 Olde Trout Tavern

Leigh Folk Festival 22-25/06 Leigh on Sea

Village Green Festival 08/07 Sat 11-9PM

SEEOG Talk – 17/07 Mon 8PM Growing Together Westcliff – The future of organic seed

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 (thank you Louise) and here

Where is it?

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

Past days

Sunday 11th June 2017 Hot plot day

Kind Regards

Kamil Pachalko
07411457259

Email UNSUBSCRIBE to stop receiving updates for the plot.

Sunday 11th June 2017 Hot plot day

 

 

Another much anticipated of our fortnightly SitComma plot gatherings. The plot welcomed us in fine fettle after some delightful wet and warm weather and keen grass keeping from our summer grass mowing evening rota volunteers.  This meant grass cutting on the plot sessions was a breeze and allowed us to get on with some more creative tasks.

Tasks undertaken were, weeding, tying up grapevine (Sarah hopes to train it from the greenhouse to the potting shed and beyond, now that she has discovered a love of winemaking!), fitting re-claimed perspex into the Wendy house window-frames, building a new raised bed in the childrens plot (this one is for pumpkins…watch out everyone for future updates on progress), harvesting strawberries by the eager little ones, watering the greenhouse plants, harvesting some lavender, strimming, harvesting approx 8kgs of broad beans.

A highlight of the day was showing a journalist and her photographer from Sea and Bay Magazine around the plot. The magazine are doing a feature about allotment life and were enthusiastically welcomed by our team who wanted to share the story of our journey.  They were lovely ladies and seemed to engage with the energy on the plot, we will look forward to reading their article and if copywrite allows we will share on our blog.

As always the community element was as strong as the work party effort, and friendly advice and (and consolation after the election week!) was on hand. the day was topped off by the best fresh vegetarian food much of which was grown in our gardens and the plot, all enjoyed alfresco with happy friendly conversation and gratitude.

 

We look forward to anyone interested in joining us for watching the bees, listening to the birds and observing the clouds, (and a bit of gardening, eating and jawing) on Sunday the 25th June 10-14.00.

Before signing off we would like to say a big thank you to Fiona for the excellent talk she did at the Southend Food Plan consultation think tank at the Focal Point Gallery on Saturday. Hopefully moving forward the take up of SitComma initiatives and local food growing will mulitply, we are certainly seeing a groundswell of interest as we all evolve our awareness of the need for local resilience.

Peace Out Bug Hunters