We are now taking orders for the following quality Autumn planted crops, and bulbs, at 2013 prices!:-
"Senshyu" Japanese Onion sets 500g (80-100 bulbs)£1.40
The original "Japanese overwintering onion". Semi-flat and yellow with brown skin which mature late June. Feed with "Nitro Chalk Onion" fertiliser.
"Blood Red" Japanese Onion sets 500g (80-100 bulbs)£1.80
A northern European variety produced to withstand harsh climates. Oval in shape, light red in colour, it has an excellent flavour and is a heavy cropper less prone to bolting.
"Thermidrome" Autumn planting Garlic 125g (3 Lge bulbs) £1.60
Commercially grown variety with soft neck producing large bulbs of good flavour.
"Douce Provence" peas 250g £1.50
A cross between Meteor and Kelevdon Wonder. Very early, round seeded excellent cropper. For sowing November - February
"Aquadulce" Broad Beans 250g £1.50
The standard overwintering variety. Good cold tolerance producing compact plants with high yields.
"White Tilney" Mustard (Green Manure) 250g £2.00
A quality quick growing Mustard variety which develops a high level of green matter. Sow Aug-Sept at 5g/sq metre.
"Forage" Rye (Green Manure) 250g £1.20
For sowing Aug-Nov at 9g/square metre for turning in Apr-May. Suited to most soil types particularly heavier soils.
Monday, 5 June 2017
Tuesday, 16 May 2017
A week on from our last Plant Sale, there's less than a week to go to the next one!
Once again, this is an invitation to all our members to join us at any time during the weekend, between 8.30 and 2.30. There may or may not be lots to get involved with, but it's helpful to have bodies who can offer assistance to customers - whether it is with plants, compost or cake. Last weekend there were periods when we were worn to a frazzle, although at other times we were able to huddle together with a warming cuppa. It was a bit chilly.
Last weekend, sales were good. Many, many vegetables have been re-homed, and the polytunnel is, once again, looking quite spacious. Needless to say, though, we are still very happy to receive donations of different seedlings and plants and hope that you will consider this option before you head towards your compost bin!
Many, many thanks to all of you who have supported the Sales so far. Hope to see you next weekend.
Final crucial conundrum? We remain a mental lot of folks - absolutely no offence intended.
Posted by anon at 13:16
Monday, 1 May 2017
The fun begins on FRIDAY, May 5th,with a delivery of compost! What else?! Apparently, this is promised to be a very small delivery, but strong volunteers are sought to help do a bit of pushing and shoving. To me, to you. The delivery slot is 9am, but it usually arrives early. If you can make it for 8.30 you will hopefully be rewarded with a brew and, with any luck, some kind of cake...
THE MAIN EVENTS - May 6th and 7th, and May 20th and 21st
Pre-sale, we will be gathering from 8ish to explore the mysteries of the gazebo. This could be very straightforward. I'll say no more, but many hands might make lighter work.
The sales start at 9.30am and carry on until 2.30pm. We would welcome any help that you could give us on either of the days with:
- chatting with customers, giving encouragement and answering questions - none of us are experts (as if I needed to tell you that!) but buyers often like to throw in the odd query about whether they can grow sprouts on the patio, or plant out their tomatoes before the last snowfall is expected.
- selling - we have a central sales point, which can get a little hectic. Mental arithmetic is a welcome skill at this one, and no, we do not accept card payment.
- manning (and womanning) the Hut, and its contents.
- fetching and carrying - from bags of compost to precious plants.
- making and serving tea, coffee and cakes.
We welcome all volunteers, for as long as they can stand the excitement, or, indeed, stay standing! The days are long, but its definitely a case of every little bit helps!
Seedlings and full-blown plants will be gratefully received on Friday, or can just be brought along to the Sales. If no one is around, donations can be left by the hut, or by the entrance to the community plot if the gate is open. We have never turned away a plant yet, and aim to rehome as many as possible!
Cakes will also be gratefully received. Believe it or not, some customers come primarily for the refreshments, and your showstopper or humble rock bun will be equally welcomed.
Finally - many, many thanks to all of you out there in internet land who have sown and grown and divided and potted and stripped. The Plant Sales are very much a team/community effort and we are grateful to anyone who has contributed in any way.
Hope to see you next weekend!
Posted by anon at 11:35
Tuesday, 18 April 2017
Thursday, 6 April 2017
Our lovely, shiny new polytunnel is now starting to fill up with seedlings which are growing away for the first of our May Plant sales on Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th May. HOWEVER, each weekend we are finding that plenty of them are already flying off the shelves, as members are taking the opportunity to plug the gaps in their own sowings.
In case you are still undecided about what you are going to grow this year, or have not been able to sow your own, we currently have available to purchase a wide range of plants, of various sizes (some of them very tiny, but perfectly formed)! Veg, fruit and flowers, too many to list, although maybe I should put in a special mention for sweet peas and chrysanthemums.
Each weekend, we are also receiving new donations to the growing collection, so please don't chuck out your surplus seedlings. Our volunteer team will continue to prick out until the polytunnel is full, and then we can put away our mini dibbers for another season. Somewhere safe. Has anyone seen that permanent marker pen?
Hope to see you at Fort Compost or Polytunnel Towers soon.
Posted by anon at 12:49