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Community Allotment Taster Day – Sunday 25th September

Southend in Transition Community Allotment

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


Sun 25/09 10-14
This week we’ll be creating a living willow structure. Plus we hope to work out our planting plan for autumn/ winter and next spring. Gardening is all about planning ahead and having faith in the future. And it makes you feel good!

FB event, please share.

 

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 us?

  • donate tools (even if broken as we might be able to fix them)
  • donate seed
  • donate your time
  • leave us a review here or here

Where is it?

How to find our little plot MAP and picture attached.


Past days
Kind Regards

Kamil Pachalko
07411457259

Local action
www.SouthendinTransition.org.uk and on Facebook
Transition Drinks 29/09 Thur 19:00 Olde Trout Tavern

SiT Community Allotment  Sat/Sun workdays

SiT Community Allotment Taster Day 10/09 and 25/09

Southend in Transition Community Allotment

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


Sat 10/09 Sat 10-14
Another chance to come along and join us at the allotment to learn more about the project and enjoy our lovely plot. Do a little work and get lunch and a share of what we harvest.
We’ll be joined by a bunch of compost worms and you can take some home to activate your pile of greens.


FB event, please share.

Sun 25/09 10-14
This week we’ll be creating a living willow structure. Plus we hope to work out our planting plan for autumn/ winter and next spring. Gardening is all about planning ahead and having faith in the future. And it makes you feel good!

FB event, please share.


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 us?

  • donate tools (even if broken as we might be able to fix them)
  • donate seed
  • donate your time
  • leave us a review here or here

Where is it?

How to find our little plot MAP and picture attached.


Past days
Kind Regards

Kamil Pachalko
07411457259

Local action
www.SouthendinTransition.org.uk and on Facebook
Transition Drinks 29/09 Thur 19:00 Olde Trout Tavern

SiT Community Allotment  Sat/Sun workdays

Upcoming Taster Days at the SiT community allotment

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Sun 10/07 10-14 – regular day with good company, food and learning new skills, bring your drill:). Lunch time planning for a network to start up projects helping communities unite in these unsettling times. FB event, please share.

Sun 24/07 10-14 Poetry on the Plot – featuring spoken word as we liked it a lot the last time around. FB event, please share.

Visit us to plant, catch the sun, grow, water, sit, enjoy, drink tea or just chat.

How you can help us grow:

  • donate tools (even if broken as we might be able to fix them)

  • donate seed

  • donate your time

How to find our little plot MAP

And a write up of one of the days at the plot.

26th June Taster Day Overview

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A beautiful day spent enjoying the sunshine and harvesting some of our produce.  The plot was buzzing with activity, with children watering every possible plant in sight and feeding them with coffee grouts.  A job much appreciated by the growing seeds and plants.

 

With the grass cut, hedges trimmed and seedlings planted where necessary, the energy was flowing as was the delightful conversation.  Due to the wonderful turn out of attendees many jobs were completed, including decorating our tools with SiT logos and bright adornments.

 

Of course no plot visit would be complete without some tasty food bought along by attendees and washed down with several cups of tea and coffee.  A fine end to all the hard work and a time to get to know each other a little more.  Blissful.

We look forward to seeing you at the next taster day on Sunday 10 July.

Gardening and conversing on the 11/06

This is the best time of year to be in the garden. Warmth from the sun, gentle breeze, plants largely look after themselves. This seasons changing weather makes the weeds happy as well and we get a regular work out on the weeds.

We had a good go at the tool storage and like the way it is going to keep them organised plus Fiona will be very pleased with the upcoming potting table next to it.

 

Sara has brought us a tool from Spain made from copper which is said to keep away slugs and a cross between a 3-pronged cultivator and a hoe and helped our brassicas by cutting down the tops of the German Alpine Spinach to make it more bushy and not to crowd out the other saplings and applied some used ground coffee around the plants to feed them.

Jason visited us for the first time and cracked on with cutting the grass which enjoys the rain and sun and needs to be seen to each time we are there. The plot looks more presentable thanks to the teams persistence.

It was great to observe the interactions on the plot, in a space 15m by 9m people can find a quiet space for themselves tending to the plants and can also join together in work and conversations flow.

A perk of the day was meeting Dan from Essex Bees tending to his cuties. He was generous and we tried fresh honey and wax straight from the comb. Delicious.

We finished off with a lunch with a rise salad followed by fruit and so the day came to an end.

Feedback from Jason:

I am quite nervous and feel a little uncomfortable when meeting new people, but everyone one was very nice and friendly which helped a lot. It was also nice to get my hands into the soil, and see a modest result for my efforts. The tool room looked great, and the food was very nice too. Looking forward to doing it again soon. Thanks

Next plot day will be on the 26/06 Sunday 10-14 and looking forward to seeing you for a cup of tea or a dig depending on what you feel you need.

Kamil

[Southend (East) Allotments and Garden Society] Southend East Allotment & Garden Society‏

southend trading hut

Southend East Allotment & Garden Society
General News

13 May 2016

Dear All,

Plant Sale

This has now been confirmed as Saturday 21st May 2016.
Orders can be collected from 11:00am.

Also available for sale on the day will be Summer Bedding some perianals and a good range of vegetable plants.
We hope to see you there.

Dave Alston
Trading Hut Manager

Trading Hut Opening Hours
Saturday 12:00 till 14:00 Sunday 10:00 till 11:30

See the facebook event also.

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!

Saturday 12 March at a glance…

Our second official visit to the plot of 2016 saw us enjoying the first hints of Spring with the glow of warming sunshine accompanied by bird song – what a great start to the year!  The warmth enabled some to shed a layer of triple winter clothing as recycled wood was moved to the site ready for plans to create a performing stage in the near future and the addition of the first few bags of a large batch of shingles to the site ready for a team effort to transport the rest in the next week or so.

 

Totals from the day:

Present 6 adults and 4 children of which 1 new adults and 2 new children

Social action hours – prep 2, garden 13,

Produce – approx. 0.3kg of 1 variety

Calories burnt 2600 cal:)

The theme of the day was to test the pH balance of the soil so that we can gain a better understanding of its changes over time and gauge its current levels.  Our youngest plot supporter, Nella, was on hand to help oversee everyone and make sure that the soil testing was going to plan ;0)

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We used a pH testing prong as well as took soil samples in jars from various areas and combined these with water ready for testing.  The children were extremely helpful in gathering these samples and labelling them accordingly, but were also specialist in discovering the woodlouse kingdom lurking beneath a slab.  Well done guys!

 

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Duncan also tested his drone in order to get some aerial shots of the plot, although the batteries failed us on this occasion but show that we can blend tradition with modern technology!

 

 

The first seeds of the season (basil and rocket) were planted in the greenhouse and accompany the bed planted horseradish, all of which were generously watered by the younger helpers.  A spot of weeding and tidying around the plot saw the days work nearing to an end, with the children enjoying a game of swingball before sitting down to enjoy a nice cuppa and the delicious food brought along by attendees to share which included buckwheat and roasted veg salad (Alicja’s masterpiece) and fruit and nut cake (Duncan’s delight).

 

 

Our friends at the the Allotment Society trading hut would also like to share some of their fine produce with you, as pictured below.

 

 

Our next session at the plot is Saturday 26th of March 10:00 – 14:00. Exciting things planned

10:30 Easter Egg Hunt

11:00 Seed Swap

12:45 lunch

13:15 Seed Bomb Making

We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Another good day

As you see in the pictures we are having some time to create signage and beautify the shed.

As part of the LAND Learner we will be helping visitors to learn about permaculture – one of our tools will be roof tiles with the principles dotted around the plot.

Pumpkins and melons grow fast and are becoming heavier every week so a net was used to support them.

Tomatoes although planted late in the greenhouse caught up and some small fruit are visible.

M helped us with wedding today as the brambles and nettles liked the hot weather with showers. Thanks the plot looks tidier now.

One unexpected find was the puff ball mushroom. It is the third year I am finding it on the paths. Left some to mature and leave spors for next year.

Lunch was great with couscous salad, red cabbage salad, noodle salad, home made bread and mozzarella, finished off with homemade cocoa and dried fruit balls.

Next weekend some of us are going on an educational trip to Lambourne End. Let us know if you want to come along.

Week after we are back on the plot to plant some more and I will bring the Kelly kettle to make us some hot tea and our first stir fry!

If you only have a minute pop in for a cuppa 🙂

Community Allotment update 29/01/2014

We had productive meetings both 18/01 and 26/01 and an online Hangout on the 21/01

18/01 we started off on the with a quick run through reflecting on the process of setting up the community allotment: what worked in 2013, what did not work/frustrated us in 2013 and what do we want to continue with/address in 2014. For example what worked were regular meetings, diversity of ideas and good division of tasks, what was frustrating was technology not always working or too many tools used. At the next meeting we will discuss what to continue with and how to address issues for 2014 to keep the work going and and ensure we are having an enjoyable experiences.

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That gave us plenty food for thought and we discussed some of the points in more detail.

21/01 Virtual meeting consisted of testing out of Google Hangout instead of Skype and it worked really well. We will use it from now on for our mid week communication.
25/01 we went out with Duncan to pick up some scaffolding boards which we will use for our raised beds, they are long and good width and thickness. Thanks to Lee from L.A.B. scaffolding for that bounty. Much appreciated. How many more goodies like that are laying around industrial estates which could be used for so many other projects? Stop there Kamil:), focus…
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26/01 meeting was at Duncan’s, kept warm by the wood stove we discussed steps which will take us to our goal of setting up an organization for Southend in Transition which will enable us to manage and support the community plot and other projects.

We used cut outs with some of the actions suggested so far and grouped them into Research charity structure, Design, Implement, Maintain and Review/Evaluate. We added actions and prioritized to keep things simple and effective and then people took ownership of actions.

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Some of us are starting with near zero knowledge on the topics but by researching them and supporting each other we will soon have built up knowledge and skills just like we have built up the shed:) on the plot. Out of an empty space a structure will manifest itself just be patient and put one foot in front of the other.

We finished off with a feast which Duncan, I gather must have been preparing from around 4 AM that morning and we even got some take away for home.
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Looking forward to the next feast, that is I meant Planning Meeting:)
Next social meeting is at the Transition Drink 30/01 from 7pm at the Olde Trout and then Planning Meeting 01/02 Saturday 11-13.
Get in touch if you are interested in joining or advising the core group or if you just want to pop in for a chat.