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Update! get your diaries out

Hello little saplings,

This is my first email as the allotment’s secretary and it’s a pleasure to be gracing your inboxes!

It was a lovely session last week, the clouds rolled by and the shed got a new coat of preserver to bundle up warm against the forever changing weather.

We had some tea and coffee too!

Last week was also the week in which a few of us got together for an allotment meeting where we discussed a number of exciting projects and events for the coming months. (Thank you to Rhal for letting us use your kitchen!)

We discussed workshops – getting experts and passionate vegetable lovers in to impart their wisdom of sowing, sprouting, companion planting, foraging – anything that will get dirt in our nails and nature in our souls!

A number of events were proposed such as bonfires, art installation and poetry readings AND the very exciting topic of the summer trip. As soon as dates and locations are fully formed the information will be flooding your inboxes and Facebook pages.

We also spoke about a possible day trip to the canalside farm near Leamington. It’d be a really nice chance for a few of us to get together, walk down the canal and pick some fruit and veg in return for fruit and veg.

After the success of last year we’re planning on getting children from near by schools down to the allotment to sprout the seeds of nature loving early. We have a few volunteers so far but if anyone would like to get involved please message us! You won’t need an in depth knowledge of the allotment or methods, just a friendly face and a little bit of time.

But, the moment you’ve all been waiting for – what veg shall we be planting this year? We discussed everything from courgettes to kale, sweet corn to swedes and even a few interesting choices like kiwis and quinoa! The full list can be found here but in the mean time here is a little collage of some of my favourites.

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And, just before I say farewell and sign off – here is a little bit of earth based music to get you stretching out those leaves and sprouting inspiration:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lSg6srt8rU

Love, 

Allotment Soc xxx

Cold Feet

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Allotmenteer- hello~ 

What lovely weather we’ve had last week! Cold sun- bitter and sweet, as we like it. Okay, sure- our feet went numb because it was so chilly and we decided to call it a day a bit early. It was a very enjoyable session nonetheless. 

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Here we are, tucking in our wee baby garlics for winter. Sleep tight and grow well ~ climate change is messing up your growth spurt, I know, but in the meantime, try and get some rest. 

As you know, we cancelled the meeting last week. Too few people could make it and some of us were a bit ill from the sudden temperature drop. The meeting has been moved to this week, Wednesday 27th at 4PM in Rhal’s kitchen (Arthur Vick, Block 1, Kitchen 2). That’s right across from the allotment so we’ll head straight there. 

Also- next session we’ll be painting the shed to make it waterproof, so don’t wear super nice clothes… unless you fancy looking like a debauched artist. Up to you! 

Catch ya later, parsnips~ 

Allotment Soc xxx

PS- Here’s a fun game for you: Send me a picture of your favourite plant, telling me a bit about it. Best submissions will be mentioned in the next email/post! Here’s mine:

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It’s a rare Robert Plant. Latin name Robertus plantus. Grows exceptional foliage. I mean, look at that hair.

 

There’s dirt under your fingernails- and that’s a good thing

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
A-Leeks

Happy Holidays and Welcome Back!

Hello pumpkins~ 

Welcome back! I hope that you’ve rested well, and seen those you love and those who love you. 

Are you ready to get digging? In a couple months, we’re going to be busy bees, sowing through the season, but for now, we must plan. We must learn. We must grow. 

I invite you to join us next week after the allotment session for a wee meeting to talk about things, the stuff you’d like to learn this term, the things you’d like to see happening in the garden, etc… I’ll send out an email closer to the date with the room number and the time! Do keep an eye out! 

Our usual session time will keep on going: Wednesdays 2-4PM. 

Here are some tasks we could be doing in the lovely month of Jan: 

– mulching the beds with leaves

– cleaning out the shed + reordering

– turning over the compost

– pruning the trees and fruit bushes

– work some more on our polytunnel 

That’s all for now folks! 

But before I go, here’s a picture of a pretty onion, garlic, rosemary and olive tart I made for the holidays! Yummmehhhh!

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Blessed be you and all that you love, 

THE ALLOTMENT xxxxx

Cabbages!!

Two weeks ago, we planted some baby cabbages in our new polytunnel! Hopefully they’ll survive the cold….

Week 9 Update

Dear Squashling, 

Winter’s finally amongst us. Frost has killed off our Nasturtiums, but that is life. There’s an eerie beauty to the allotment, which I am particularly enjoying. 

Sorry for going MIA for a little while, we’ve been busy, we’ve been stressed (like little seedlings pulled out of the soil)…

 Let’s see what’s on the menu… A WILD BEN WITH A MOSSY MONOBROW!

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 no but seriously, here’s a list of awesome, exciting things: 1) new Polytunnel layout, 2) turning over the compost, 3) workshop coming up, 4) new secretary!

1) For the past three sessions, we’ve been working away at our beautiful and improved polytunnel. We’ve even planted some cabbage and sown some salads. Woopedidoo! 

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 Rhal is clearly checking to see if our paths are straight. We used string to measure out what bits would be beds and what bits would be paths. 

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Yara lookin cute and happy!

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Yara pretending to help…. Here, we were diggin trenches to put up some plastic on the side of the polytunnel to stop the weeds from coming it. Excellent idea from Sean (what would we do without him? (the answer is “not a lot” in case you wondered)). 

 

2) Last session, we turned over the compost and even found a vole! 

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chrisAllotment’s next top model: Dr. Chris Maughan. Look at that bun action!

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Harriet with sheers… adorable or scary? not sure………. :] 

3) STUDENT EATS WORKSHOP on the 9th! From 2 – 4 in H3.45. Do come, there will be vegan cake! Bekki is from Keel Uni and we have been working with her for the past year. She’s doing some research on university community gardens and has loads to share with you. Turn up for the full two hours if possible. It’ll be good. 

Here’s a link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1662485174035285/

4) Last but not least, do welcome our NEW SECRETARY! Say hi to Harriet, she’s as crispy as a parsnip crisp. 

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Look at this amazing veggie I found in the wheelbarrow ^^ 

Thank you Yara for being an amazing secretary for the past two terms. You are an incredible human being and I hope we’ll keep seeing your smiling face amongst the raised beds. 

 

That’s all folks! Well for now. 

Wintrery kisses to you, 

A-leeks and potatoes

NEW POLYTUNNEL LAYOUT (we’ve been busy bees)

Hello Petals, 

What a marvellous time to be alive! The changing seasons are a most beautiful phenonenon. Yes-  it is sad to see the foliage die and pave the floor in slippery reds, golds, browns, and to witness our allotment slowly shrivel into hibernation – but what splendid colours, what divine fog! Take it all in, inhale it, breathe it, you ARE alive and so is the animate world around you. Go take a walk, now. You can finish your essay – later. 

Do you know what we’ve been up to over the past two weeks? We’ve finally re-arranged the polytunnel in a more practical fashion. It will have two half beds running along the long sides and two central beds with walking alleys in between. We spent the last two sessions taking out the bed frames and removing the Mypex to place all the soil directly on the ground. 

 

The beginning of the end . . . 

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Pull it out! Pull it all out!

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Annnnnd, the beds are comin out!

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Dig on, ye diggers and dreamers!

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Mainly dreaming, I see . . . 

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In life, there are two types of people. Those who dig and those who pretend to . . .

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The result!!

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Next session, we will draw out the beds with string and start planting some Brassicas, so make sure you tag along!! 

Lots to be done, even in the winter!

REMINDER: We’re having our last allotment meal of the year on the 18th (more details to be sent out closer to the date). There’s still one slot to be filled! https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Z5ca4Cq2LN521bBDmKGnnwwSmrw_wU9IqWhfw4tMlR0/edit#gid=0

 

Also, we are looking for an Allotment Treasurer! If you’re interested, send me an email or contact me on Facebook! Or just call me 07922085704. 

 

Have yourselves a nice warm cup of tea and a pleasant evening in the company of all that you love, x x x 

ALEEKS and Potatoes (Alix)

PS- anybody want to try their hand at designing an Allotment logo? Would be real nice to have one of those!

That was delicious… Now, Cider Brewing did you say?

Hello Allotmenteers~
IT WAS DELICIOUS! Thanks to all of you who helped prepare the meal and those who helped us clean afterwards too. It was a most pleasant evening, spent in good company and music! To be had once more!
Here are some photos- thank you Fay for thinking to take some!  Scroll down to the very bottom for details on our cider-making workshop!
and… in case you wanted to see what an exhausted, beer-imbibed Alix looks like, here ya go:
IMPORTANT: Cider Brewing Workshop
We need your help to press some apples!! Join us at 80 Abercorn Road in Chapelfields  for some fun apple chopping, chomping, scrutting and pressing!

We’ll meet at 2.30 tomorrow (Monday 26th) to prep the apples and then at 4 we’ll start the pressing. Bring snacks if you’d like, bring friends, bring drink, bring good humour, bring yourselves, bring good knifes if you can….

To get there, you can take the bus to Hearsall Common (the 11 will get you there). then you cross the road on your left, go down Queensland avenue and then turn left at Abercorn, follow the road all the way down to number 80. Here’s my number, in case you get losties: 07922085704.

Big love,
ALLOTMENT xxxz

Clean-Up Session on a Sunday

Photos of some of us doing some cleaning up and bewitching a muffin. The muffins were delicious indeed! Google “vegan date banana cake” – I was told that would get me there.

Again a reminder: Come along to the harvest festival! It will be amazing, our little green-space looks lovely!

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