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There was so much going on…

The last Taster Day felt like the community allotment is coming of age. There was lots to do, lots of generous helping hands to do it and plenty of chatter and food.

We had Freya and Tom help us with the grass mowing and the team cleared the prolific broad beans to give the gooseberry some breathing space. It will make lovely compost in months to come.

People kept on streaming in and the weather was becoming hotter and hotter so we decided to set up the compact gazebo and fold-able table which we purchased from the Essex Community Foundation grant. Great thanks to Tilly and her family for help with setting it up – good to have someone who knows what they are doing. The gazebo is of professional standard and will last us for a long time. Built in Britain so it will be easy to source parts if needed. We got it for exactly for this purpose – to protect us from the elements on the plot and events. The gazebo sheltered us from the scorching sun and wind this time but in Autumn when it rains intermittently it will be nice to have a dry spot to wait the worst out with a cup of tea.

Ines and Alex visited and told us more about the community theater workshops and the people’s choir. We will be working together to make use of the plot and maybe stage a play! I would love for us to have a play there, maybe in the evening with some candles and lampoons hanged on the trees and plenty of burning herbs to drive the mosquitoes away. To find out more about the work of the theater company see www.capataro.com.

Thanks to the grant we were also able to purchase some battery powered tools and Duncan was able to crack on with the fencing for the family plot and in no time erected a many of the required posts. The quality tools will enable us to speed up some of the DIY efforts and involve a greater number of people to learn how to use them and build confidence. Alex and Ines came forward to help with the wood work on the plot so we might see some construction work going on soon.

We had more visitors streaming in with Piotr and his family who brought tasty smoothies and cookies. The latter ones must have been very popular as they disappeared in no time. The kids played with the water and in between the beds and then we enjoyed the beautiful lunch.

Following lunch we explored the wilderness next to our patch. Some revelers from other plots must have cleared paths in the thick jungle and we went for a walk about. The ivy covered wild cheery trunks shooting straight up to the sky give an impression of tropic wilderness. There were deep holes dug up by foxes and birds enjoyed the thicket. It’s going to be a few more weeks and we will be able to gather the juicy black berries. At the moment we have to carefully navigate their branches growing in all directions and reaching out for us like greedy fingers.

We returned to the tasks and some of us chatted about life, community and projects.

See the pictures and come see us in two weeks time.

 

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SiT Community Allotment Taster Day 5/11/2016

 

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

Sat 05/11 10-14
Preparing beds for winter, planting last seedlings out. Time for a bonfire, would you mind a marshmallow?! Bring some food to share if you can spare.

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 (thank you Louise) and here

Where is it?

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

SiT Community Allotment Taster Days 30/10/2016 and 5/11/2016

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 30/10 10-12
Short session clearing out beds and preparing them for winter season.

Please share.

Sat 05/11 10-14
Preparing beds for winter, planting last seedlings out. Time for a bonfire, would you mind a marshmallow?!

 

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 (thank you Louise) and here

Where is it?

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

Community Allotment Taster Day Sunday 23 October

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.

After a successful stall at the Apple day we are going to have another stall at the Community Fayre in Nazareth House, London Road on the 22/10/2016 10-13.

 

Taster Days

Sun 23/10 10-14
Regular work day clearing out beds and preparing them for winter season. The organic gardeners will come to us for their annual visit and to share their ideas.

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?

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

Past days

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.