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 August 22, 2012 at 22:36

Although our picnic last week was rather wet and windswept we did enjoy some lovely homemade mint chutney and homemade cake with salad and beetroot from the allotment. In complete contrast today brought not just sunshine but 10 people who were eager to weed and water and catch up with each others news. None of us could believe it when we dug up the potatoes and found a gigantic crop. Our best harvest ever with the runner beans coming in at a close second. Quite late in the season we put in a row of sweetcorn which has turned out to be an unexpected  star. Despite the absence of sunshine the cobs are forming - we just have to hope that they will ripen. The French climbing beans have produced lovely purple pods but there are just not enough of them and they are covered in blackfly. The strawberries have also been more than poor. The grapes are yet to come and we hope that our ruthless pruning out of the bunches will give us some reward. One of the best things to come out of the allotment has been the sharing of the harvest and hearing the following week what everyone has done with their produce. Everyone is welcome to come along Wednesday 2.30-4.30.

Comment by marjory fraser on August 5, 2012 at 17:10

We continue to attract between 5 and 10 people every week to the allotment. Its been great to see residents who got involved last summer return, resume friendships and enjoy a no cost activity for their families in the school holidays. The heavy rain last month resulted in a lot of bolted beetroot not to mention persistant weeds or you might prefer to call them plants in the wrong place! The salads have done slightly better. The climbing beans which had taken on a very yellow, sickly appearance have turned green and healthy and thankfully decided to shoot up the poles. The ten year old redcurrant bushes rewarded us yet again with a wonderful crop. Although I only ended up with one and a half jars of  jam from my harvest I am hopeful that quality will win over quantity! Our resident blue tit population must have expanded as they are now emptying a large nut feeder in less than a week. On Wednesday 15 August 2.30-4.30 we will have a picnic at the allotment. Anyone who has been involved in the allotment or wants to visit and/or get involved is welcome. Please bring some food to share.  The entrance by the car park next to the church on Carlton Vale is open again.

Comment by miko adam-kando on June 10, 2012 at 19:11

Brilliant Marjory, so glad it's going so well!

Comment by marjory fraser on June 4, 2012 at 21:21

Since we started our weekly meetings in March we have had about 10 people coming along on a Wednesday afternoon. People are getting to know each other, friendships are emerging and a community of growers developing. Individual plots have been allocated to five people. Compost and manure has been dug in and enriched the soil. The communal plots have been planted out with beetroot, potatoes, spinach, garlic, strawberries, runner beans, climbing french beans, broad beans and rhubarb. Since March we have harvested purple sprouting broccoli (the leaves are wonderful steamed) and kale which has meant that everyone has been able to take something home to cook. Broccoli that went to flower was picked for a bouquet with a difference. The aggressively, invasive horseradish was dug up and used in a Passover meal. We now have the cherries, redcurrants and plums to look forward to and hope to do some preserving as a group. To contribute towards biodiversity fat balls and a nut feeder were put up. One of the unexpected joys of the allotment has been watching and hearing the huge number of birds that have been coming to the space. The birdsong a wonderful contrast to the sound of heavy traffic on Carlton Vale! Last week the pear and apple trees were full of young and not so young great tits and blue tits. Blackbirds seem to have set up home in the the large tree just outside the tool shed. A haven of wildlife only 30 seconds away from densely populated streets. We welcome all growers and are there on Wednesdays between 2.30 and 4.30. You dont have to commit to coming every week or have a lot of experience you just need to be interested in growing food.

Comment by Stephanie Stuart on May 4, 2012 at 14:42

So sorry I didn't make it this week - I will try again next week.

Comment by Stephanie Stuart on April 26, 2012 at 16:33

Hopefully it won't be too wet next week - just enough to encourage the plants, and not discourage us.

Comment by Transition Kensal to Kilburn on April 26, 2012 at 15:32

Despite the rain yesterday two of us did some token weeding, a new sign went up and the store-room is now tidier. 

Comment by Transition Kensal to Kilburn on April 23, 2012 at 13:10

Thanks Stephanie!

Comment by Stephanie Stuart on April 23, 2012 at 12:29

Marjory and Michael - I don't have your phone numbers, but just to say that I won't be around at the allotment on Wednesday this week - back the following week. Stephanie

Comment by marjory fraser on March 26, 2012 at 17:51
Hi Steven
Thanks for your interest. At the moment we are only there on Wednesday afternoons. If we have any work days at weekends I will post it on the site and let you know. If you have an unexpected free Wednesday come and see what we are doing.
 

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