Category Archives: Work Day

Clay paint and grey DIY greenhouse

Spontaneous visit with Clive and kids.

Greenhouse got supports for shelves and the rafters for the roof are cut to size. Stored wood coming in handy. Girls emptied the pond and watered with the rich fluid plants all around. Happy fish indeed. Then after the ice
Creams it was time for them to work on painting the pergola. Seeing the paint dry I finally recalled it was clay paint I produced last year and not wood conservation paint πŸ˜‚πŸŽ¨ but they had lots of fun and continued their on plot education.

See you Easter Monday πŸ‡πŸ°

Duncan followed up on the donated greenhouse and extended our current one beautifully. Water buts, shelving and self watering features to be followed up on. Nice one mateπŸ‘

Week ending on the plot

So what did we achieve :)?
Fiona and Lea set out the tables with goodies and welcomed our visitors. Lea took a million photos of us and nature to cherish, Duncan, James and Edward cracked on with the wood store, Gaynor, Heather, Lea, Kacper, Michaela and more friends weeded bed after bed after bed, Kamil started sorting our storage and cleaning up. We enjoyed a beautiful meal, Fiona and Alicja made it a special occasion. Kids being kids enjoyed each other and played while also getting stuck in here and there. Iwona took on a plot next door and popped in with her family. Overall we had 18 people, 6 plot sign ups
and my step counter showed 23k steps. Not bad in a days work 😊

On Sunday it was lovely to see friends from before the pandemic. The little one helped us empty the pond for the dishes and plants enjoyed the nutrient dense water. We swapped seeds and stories. Ed came on board and cleared the remaining prunings and planted our artichokes so they can continue to bless us into the coming yearπŸ™πŸ˜‰. Good conversations about wellbeing, health and importance of pacing. Kamil continued with the sort out, clear out. Bridget and her friend came not long after and helped clear the perennial kale bed and stayed on to feed them with the compost tea. Oh what brave souls πŸ˜πŸ™

Bridget did an interview for her research related to sustainable food systems.

We could not do this without everyone’s help making the plot accessible to everyone

Woodwork and lots more

Update from the 5/2:Great work all indeed, Heather and Bethany cleared one of the beds, strawberries got spaced out nicely, learning to do it for the first time and doing great. Clive prepped wood and anchors for the pergola from rescued timber, Betty, Nella and Grace invented all sorts of games in the makeshift club house. Good to see Steve who helped me finish the playground frame and started on the sanding. Piotr then came to the rescue and we fitted additional all sorts swingy thingy tested with approval by Amelia and Nella. We topped of with some bunting and wood cutting. Not bad for a work session.

Update from the 30/1:

Heather came and beavered away at branch processing, finishing the pile! I faffed about with greenhouse levels…
Susan and son Sam caught the end of the session but hope to get involved next one.

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 πŸ˜‚ 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 πŸ˜πŸŽ‰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 withπŸ€”πŸ΄

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 aheadπŸ’ͺ😊.

Perennial leeks were growing well, cant wait till autumn for the first harvest. I gave them some nutrition using our tad stinky compost teaπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜’ 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 plotπŸ˜ŠπŸ‘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 πŸ€”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 πŸ’πŸŒΈπŸŒΉ

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

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