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.