On Saturday 13th February a group of Court Lane Allotmenteers gathered together for a day’s lesson on how to graft fruit trees.
The tutor for the day was Geoff Croft, an experienced nurseryman who runs Walnut Tree Nursery and has a special interest in fruit trees. After an initial chat about the history of grafting, the “biology” of fruit trees and about the different sort of rootstocks that can be used, the practical session began.
Geoff made it look very easy (which it isn’t) and we were advised to be very careful as we were using very sharp knives. We were shown how to do a “whip and tongue” graft and then had a go ourselves. There was a wonderful array of old apple varieties from which to choose. Despite a few minor accidents ( the First Aid Kit got an outing), and more than a little mess, we all managed to achieve at least one or two grafted specimens.
Time will tell how sucessful our attempts will be, but anticipation is half the fun of gardening, isn’t it? It was great fun and hopefully we will run other events of a similar nature. Though I’m not sure Ming’s lovely goretex jacket will ever recover from the experience.
The day was brilliantly organised by Rhoda who also supplied a very tasty lunch of homemade soup and rolls. Many thanks to her and to Geoff for a wonderful day.
Photos by Ming.
This year’s Christmas Fair will be on Sunday, 6th December and open to all. Entrance is free and there will be a free glass of mulled wine and mince pie as well as homemade produce for sale.
If you are not sure where we are here is a map.
Calling all plotholders!
Come along to a fish and chip supper (vegetarians also catered for) on Friday 6th November at 7pm.
There is a notice on the main gate to the allotments. You must let Ken or Olive know by 5th November if you want to come.
Don’t be shy. It’s a great way to meet, chat and socialise with other plotholders. You can swap veg tips, ask advice and generally get to know everybody.
COURT LANE ALLOTMENTS
SUNDAY 4th OCTOBER
11am – 3pm
Homemade cakes,jams,pickles,chutney,bread,pies & soups.
Tombola, White elephant, Plants, Books, Greyhound Trust, Friends of the Earth, Falconry display, Meet the Chickens, Fortune Teller
Lots of childrens activities
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Calling all plotholders!!!!!
Just a quick reminder that you only have a couple of days to get your tickets for the Court Lane Allotments BBQ on 8th August from 5.30pm. It should be a fun-filled and sociable evening, so be sure to come along and bring your friends and family too!
Tickets are available from Ken (Secretary) and cost £5 for adults and £2.50 for children. This includes food (vegetarian options also available) and soft drinks. If you want to bring your own alcohol, please do so, as this will not be provided.
We have been promised that the weather will be good!!!!! Isn’t that right, Julie?
Hopefully you’ve all noticed the hard work our volunteers have done over the last couple of weekends – weeding the Community garden and planting loads of flowers in preparation for the “In Bloom” competition. Even the toilet block has had a makeover!!!
The judges are expected on Monday 20th July shortly after 11am, so we still have this final weekend for last minute weeding and tidying of plot frontages/road edges etc. We hope everyone will contribute to making Court Lane Allotments a highlight on the judges’ tour of Erdington.
COURT LANE ALLOTMENTS OPEN DAY
SUNDAY 17th MAY
11am – 3pm
PLANT STALL, BOOK STALL, TOMBOLA, RAFFLE, MEET THE CHICKENS, GREYHOUND TRUST, FRIENDS OF THE EARTH, BBQ, REFRESHMENTS, FORTUNE TELLER & LOTS OF CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES
CAKES, JAMS, CHUTNEYS, BREADS, SOUPS, SAUSAGE, PORK PIES, SAVOURY PIES, FREE RANGE EGGS, SOAPS & LOTIONS
You can find us here.
We are having a meeting on Saturday 2nd May at 12 noon at the clubhouse by the community garden. This is to discuss plans for an allotment open day in May.
We are hoping to build on the success of last year’s open days so the more the merrier.
If you wish to volunteer to help or have ideas for the open day then please feel free to attend the meeting.
Come and join us for some mulled wine and a mince pie and other delicious Christmas treats.
You can find us at the corner of Court Lane and Jarvis Road in Erdington, Birmingham. Here is a map.