Hey Parsnips,
How are you? Are you feeling the toll of term two already? I am. But follow nature’s call, take a walk, clear your head, turn the compost, churn the soil!

Play this to the plants on your windowsill, and then play it to yourself. And watch your limbs grow, reaching for some sunlight and a breath of fresh oxygen (song courtesy of fellow plant-lover and allotment fairy Harriet Crisp).

Here’s what’s going on this week:

Come to our work session tomorrow (2-4PM usual time) and then head off to R1.15 in Ramphal for a wee meeting, starting at 4. We’ll be talking about what you want to learn, what you want to do with your hands (oh pretty pretty 10 digits, how you hold the shovel! How you hold the saw!), and what you want to grow in the allotment (though it’s a bit early for that). I also want you to start thinking about joining the exec for next term, especially if you’re of the fresh type! You don’t need to be an experienced gardener, just an enthusiastic one!


And here are some tips we learnt last week from Master Gardener Dr Maughan:

How do you prune soft fruit bushes?
Simple! Cut back the old stalks to the ground and tie up the new ones.
sure but…. how do you recognise an old stalk from a new stalk?

Here’s a picture of an old stalk (and a rare Harriet plant):

It has no buds and it feels tough.

A new stalk has little buds and the surface is covered wth soft down.

This way, you’ll be able to enjoy delicious raspberries in the summer!

Big Allotment Love xxx