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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Great Miko. Have emailed you the address. 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
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
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.
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.
Brilliant Marjory, so glad it's going so well!
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.
So sorry I didn't make it this week - I will try again next week.
Hopefully it won't be too wet next week - just enough to encourage the plants, and not discourage us.
Despite the rain yesterday two of us did some token weeding, a new sign went up and the store-room is now tidier.
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