Links for April

Abundance

“A project to harvest the seasonal glut of local fruit like apples, pear and plums. Each year hundreds of fruit trees go unpicked either because people don’t notice them, may not be physically able to harvest them or there are just too many fruits at one time. bundance is a team of volunteers who have been helping harvest city fruit and redistributing the surplus to the community on a non-profit basis – to community cafes, nurseries, Surestarts and individuals.”

Eat Seasonably

“Eat Seasonably is here to help you enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables when they’re at their seasonal best. That means better taste, better value and a better deal for the planet. There’s something so good about eating food when it’s just been picked: a crisp salad when it’s hot and sunny, a fresh wholesome stew when it’s cold.”

Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens

“The Federation of City Farms & Community Gardens exists to support, represent and promote community-managed farms and gardens across the United Kingdom. ”

Garden Organic

“The UK’s leading organic growing charity, has been at the forefront of the organic horticulture movement for 50 years and is dedicated to researching and promoting organic gardening, farming and food.”

Guerrilla Gardening

Tips on how to turn unused spaces into micro gardens of Eden.  Useful for those who are revolutionary in their gardening beliefs.

Working Party

The last two Sundays has been spent planting hawthorn and blackthorn hedges around the perimeter fence of the plots. Lots of people from the allotments volunteered their energy and sacrificed time away from their own plots to help with this and also helped with tidying up the community garden.

There was a real sense of cooperation and the good weather added to a real convivial and sharing atmosphere. This was helped by lovely prepared lunches and a few a beers!

There is a set of photos on our flick site and a few of them appear below.  Here is the set as a slideshow.

Photos are courtesy of Ming.

Landshare

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has started a campaign where land can be shared so that people can grow their own fruit and vegetables.  This has huge possibilities and it would be interesting to know how allotments like Court Lane could be part of this scheme.

The premise behind Landshare is best described by Monsieur Fearnley-Whittingstall himself in the video below.

It would be interesting to get opinions on this from allotmenteers and see how, if at all possible, it can be incorporated at the plots.

If you wish to get more information then visit the Landshare site.

Free seeds from the BBC Dig In campaign

The BBC have recently launched their “Dig In” campaign to try to get everyone to have a go at growing veg. They are giving away 5 packs of free seeds (Tomato, Beetroot, Carrot, Lettuce and Butternut Squash). One application per household. In case your interested (and who isn’t in FREE seeds?) the web address is below.

www.bbc.co.uk/digin/apply_for_seeds.shtml

Photo Community

We’ve set up our own Flickr site as well as having a flickr group. The idea is that those who know about flickr can just add themselves to the group and those who love photography but are not too sure about the whole world wide web thing can still contribute by having their photos displayed at what I suppose will be a communal flickr site. The reason why flickr has been chosen is that when it comes to real sense of sharing and community then it really cannot be beaten.

All I need is a disk or memory stick with the photos and preferably descriptions of the visuals and if you would like your name to be attributed or just a plot number if you prefer. Grab me at the allotments if you have any photos.

If you have ideas on how to develop the flickr group then just add a comment on the blog.

Here is a photostream from the Court Lane Allotments’ flickr.  Photos have been taken by different people who not only enjoy growing things but also appear to have photographic skills.

And here below is the Court Lane Allotments Group photostream.

One Sunday, When the Clocks Went Forward

We spent the first day of British Summer Time doing a bit of tidying up, planting hawthorn whips and weaving brambles along the fence (to deter those who may need deterring).

It was a perfect Sunday and a little film was made so that you can see why so many people find an allotment such a wonderful place to be in.

The film is below.  We welcome any comments you may have.

A Little Update

We are trying to get this little site up and running as it has been rather empty of late.  However, with the new season starting there is a lot of activity occuring on the plots right now so expect the blog to be busy too (hopefully).

We have lots of ideas on how we can communicate with you the joys of allotments so keep an eye open on this bit of webspace.

We have managed to create a spot on google maps as many of you may not know where we are.

Below is the map itself.


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Winter on the Allotment

I don’t know about everyone else, but whenever I visit at the moment the allotments are like a deserted green (and brown) oasis of calm amidst the urban noise. I hardly ever see anyone about, (except occasionally Ken and Teddy),  during the winter months, unlike summer when the site is heaving with people busy doing whatever they like to do on their respective plots.

At the moment I am only really going up there to pick the odd bit of veg, to check that the pond is OK, that my tarpaulins haven’t blown away, to put things on the compost heap and to top up the feeders on my lovely bird-feeding station which I won in the raffle at the October Fair.

I hope everyone is fit and well and ready for the big dig once the ground defrosts a bit!

Plot 40: A Visual History

One of our allotmenteers has been using photography as a visual record of the development of his plot. Luckily for us he has been uploading the progress to his Flickr page and he has kindly given permission for them to be used on this blog.

“These pics are meant more as a diary rather than for pictorial quality, so I hope those that view will either be inspired or at least enjoy my toil.”

You can go direct to his flickr site for a look at the set or watch the slideshow below.  For those new to slideshows there is the option of making the images bigger.