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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 🙂

Big Worm Dig Results and greenhouse in place

SiT plot can bring so many yields. Apart from the obvious food growing possibilities, people coming together to learn new skills and make new friends we would like to contribute to the wider research efforts around food growing techniques, biodiversity and anything else which pops into the creative minds of the crew.

One such opportunity arose with the Big Worm Dig​​ organised by Riverford. Designed to give more attention to the important and cuddly:) earthworms and help researchers gather data we got to work as set out in pictures below.

We had one result! A lovely Blue-grey worm Octolasion cyaneum – Violet with orange saddle and yellow tail tip – or at least that is what we think we found. Amazing the diversity of colours and features a worm can take. Hopefully in the future we will know our worm from others:)

Results were submitted and we continued the work on the greenhouse who has a base now, frame is screwed onto it and glass panels are being fitted. One more session and we might have a home for our tomatoes.

See to the right for next dates and sessions and hopefully see you there.

As usual more pictures can be found HERE