William Dunbar/Saville House Allotment (active project)

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William Dunbar/Saville House Allotment (active project)

We're here every Wed 2.30-4.30pm. Do join us to garden or say hello. We've restarted the allotment with local residents at William Dunbar/Saville House. Best way to find us is to go up  Albert Road and turn right just past the low building and look out for the greenery. 

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Comment by marjory fraser on March 10, 2013 at 17:46

17 bags of manure were delivered on Wednesday our first meeting of the year - thank goodness we now have a wheelbarrow! It was warm enough to enjoy a cup of tea outside and do some planning for the coming year. Seeing the robin and blackbird pecking over the new ground for worms made spring feel just around the corner! Our efforts in securing the nut feeder with wire seems to have been successful in keeping out those persistant squirrels. We hope to increase our yield and grow more of what went well last year ie potatoes and kale in addition to parsnips, brocolli, beans and courgettes. We will get some more builders bags, try them in a different place and see if the weather will be kind enough to give us some courgettes. We would also like to make a herb bed for mint and coriander. A lovely place where anyone interested in growing food is welcome.

Comment by marjory fraser on November 22, 2012 at 20:36

LOCKED OUT AND £50.00!!

Starting with the bad or not so good news last week saw us locked out from the allotment for the third time this year. Seems an interloper put a heavy duty padlock on the gate. Our friendly partners at BHP are of the view that the space should be locked and have replaced the padlock with another. Those of you who know the site will be aware that until recently there were several points of entry to the allotment making it an accessible space. Well ...now there are none! We have been given a key but clearly we want the space to be open for residents to drop by at any time to see what we are growing and hopefully encourage involvement. We also want our gardeners to have access in the growing season. We will continue to make these points to BHP and hopefully reach a solution that it is acceptable to all stakeholders/partners. On a much brighter note we were lucky to finish off our growing year by participating in a Phd research project on community gardening via Southampton University. We took part in a 90 minute interview about our involvement in the allotment. I think I can speak for everyone in saying that we found it an energising experience.  We discussed history, organisation, management, connection with other groups, wildlife and biodiversity. Not surprisingly, although we are a diverse group, we found common themes and threads that have brought us together. Continuing on an upbeat theme, for participating in the project we were thrilled to be given a £50.00 voucher to spend on the allotment!  This is definitely the end of our activity for this year (apart from ensuring that the blue tits and our friend the robin are fed)  but we plan to be back initially in the New Year with a teaching session on fruit tree pruning then planning for the growing season in February.

Comment by marjory fraser on November 6, 2012 at 15:15

Last week so that the allotment didnt miss out on Halloween (or to reconnect with pagan roots) someone kindly left us two (plastic) skeletons on sticks to watch over us whilst we were working. Four of us plus our honorary member the robin, fought off the cold to plant more onions and garlic. So far the young brocolli seems to be surviving under its shelter of fleece. Thanks Pete for the kohlrabi from your plot which sadly lost its beautiful colour so quickly after being picked. The battle with the squirrel over the nut feeder continues and is not lost or won yet. Imagine the despair on finding that squirrel has found a way to force up the mesh of our lovely new feeder. We are searching for a way to keep  his claws out but not yet found it ........

I attended a resident involvement meeting today in the resident's room in one of the blocks. It was great to see their newly restored and decorated room up and running. One resident has declared a positive interest in becoming involved in the allotment. There is also a possiblity of  doing some preserving with the allotment fruit next year when the resident's room gets a cooker.

There will be no meeting this Wednesday. Our last meeting of the year will be on Wednesday 14 November. Hopefully we will get some kale to complete our winter planting.  A warm welcome to anyone who is brave enough to face the cold!

 

 

Comment by marjory fraser on October 15, 2012 at 18:24

Six of us plus two visitors had a lovely day on Wednesday. Digging over and digging in manure made me think back to when we started last year and how hard the ground was.  A drill for digging up roads might have been useful but back breaking work by volunteers has really paid off! Adding manure at the start of the growing year greatly enhanced the soil which had been left to its own devices for the last ten years. Instead of hitting a rock hard surface the spade now glides through the earth  - we even have our own worms to help us do the work! Sadly no sign of the robin this week. Garlic, shallots and Japanese onions were planted out in our slightly haphazard crop rotation plan. It was lovely to have a visit and make links with Lesley from Granville Community Centre. We sent her away with a large bunch of chives and hope to return the visit to view their fruit growing beds. Keeping the best till last ......we harvested the sweetcorn and just had enough to share out with everyone. It tasted devine so that goes to prove that small harvests have big impact!  Thanks Lynn for the green tomatoes which I have now turned into chutney. Thanks also to Mohan, Stephanie, Paula and Tayho for all your enthusiasm and committment in keeping the space vibrant and alive. Everyone is keen to carry on so long as the weather holds up so we will be there at least for the next few weeks.  

Comment by marjory fraser on October 3, 2012 at 19:05

Five of us (with our resident robin watching from the sidelines waiting eagerly for  worms!) turned over the soil and dug in some lovely, rich, manure. Although the beans have been disapointingly poor the potatoes have been surprisingly abundant. For the last few weeks we have been overjoyed with the number of large, beautiful potatoes that have been harvested. Not only have they rewarded us with a large crop  they have also been undemanding in attention, sitting in the ground working away on their own waiting to be turned into delicious meals - so win, win, all round. Other delights have been the parsley which started off as a few small plugs and has now turned into large, green clumps. We still wait for the grapes to ripen - maybe in time for Christmas? Thanks to everyone who has contributed and worked towards making this into such a productive, friendly space.

Comment by Transition Kensal to Kilburn on September 23, 2012 at 13:13

We transplanted some raspberry canes this week and harvested runner beans, raspberries and salad. After the dry spell we needed to water though looking out of the window now that's hard to believe.

Comment by marjory fraser on September 16, 2012 at 18:13

More allotment tales or tails?

We continue to have interesting and productive times at our food growing space. We were surprised when filling up the wheel barrow with some old bags of grass seed that had burst open to see a tail! Seems a  mouse had set up home in one of the bags and was about to be made homeless. We let it free and hopefully it will find somewhere else to set up a home. There were further surprises when I found what I thought was a slug attached to a potato only to be informed that it was a leech! Now how did that get there? Our final wildlife tale is that we have been adopted by a robin who follows us around looking for worms and food. Our committed group of gardeners continue to meet weekly and with their energy we have produced:  a wonderful harvest of potatoes, sweetcorn that are forming their cobs, runner beans, French climbing beans, beetroot and parsley. The plums were shared out and ended up as chutney, compote and muffins. We have just planted some leeks and are thinking about what can sustain us through the winter. Although some of our planting has not produced a huge harvest one of our food growers pointed out that "our vegetables are special because they have good vibrations!" Last week some of us went to visit the vegetable garden on the roof of the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank. We exchanged tales with the gardeners and were given a verbena plant for the allotment which will attract butterflies. We picked up some great ideas such as making our own herb garden, planting a few unusual vegetables and putting up a chalk board so we can record what is growing.  We will continue meeting weekly until mid to end October then have a review. Everyone is welcome to come along on a Wednesday 2.30-4.30 until then.

Comment by Anna Mackee on August 31, 2012 at 12:11

Great Miko.  Have emailed you the address.  Anna

Comment by miko adam-kando on August 31, 2012 at 11:07

Hi Anna,

Thanks for offer!

Queens park could do with some, I would love to have some at mine (for use for me at home and for planting/potting up seedlings to go to park).

Have just sold van (awaiting collection from mine) so could pick up the odd bag now and then if that's OK using my scooter.

email me if could with your address? miko (at symbol here) talk21.com

thanks again,

Miko.

Comment by Anna Mackee on August 31, 2012 at 9:11

Hello

Everyone, just found your group online.  I have some good quality top soil going spare and was looking for local gardening clubs to give it to. 

I ordered a tonne and have used about half, the remainder is in a large bag on a pallet on the road outside my house near Kilburn Park tube.  Not sure how you could transport it to Queens Park, but you are very welcome to it if you can make good use of it.

Or if any of you are pot gardeners like me and need some soil!

Please get in touch if it is of interest

Anna

 

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