Spectacular view of part of the Hagg Lane Allotment site. (Photo by 6000. on FLickr)
Friday, 13 April 2018
Monday, 9 April 2018
Friday, 16 February 2018
Drum roll please...
5 a day ...We have just taken a delivery of different fruit trees and bushes.
Cherry Morello, Plum Victoria, Currant 'Red Lake', Vaccinium Patriot - Blueberry, Vaccinium Spartan - Blueberry, Raspberry Autumn Bliss, Raspberry Glen Lyon
These were potted up last weekend, for the Plant Sales, but are available to members with immediate effect! Now/soon is a good time to be planting, assuming that you can either batter a hole in the earth, which may still be standing hard as iron, or hold back the tide long enough. (We're pretty much manning the lifeboats at the moment on Hagg Lane).
There's no truth to the rumour that a watched pot never boils, as the society pot will certainly be boiling on Thursday February 22nd! 10am - 12noon. And there will be cake... and just a small catch. Yes, we are holding a pot-sorting-out party (woohoo) on the society plot. Dress code - casual, but gloves recommended. Many plant pots, in many different sizes, have been donated to us over the past few months, and we have now reached the point of needing ones of a certain size, only to be faced with an avalanche of the wrong pots. Serious stuff! So we have invented a fun game of chucking small, medium and large pots into different bags (BIG bags) and the person who sorts the most may even get a valuable mystery prize (which will probably look suspiciously like a goody bag of random pots...). If you can spare an hour or two, this promises to be a fun activity in the shelter of the polytunnel. Go on! You know you need to get out more. Following this wild party, we should be able to offer members the chance to boost their own collection of random potsSeed dispersal
Itchy fingers? It's almost time. We will shortly be sowing seeds for the Plant Sales and welcome anyone who can help by nurturing a tray/pot of seeds for us. We can provide the seeds, compost and pots (of course)! You've only got to say, and we will hand over with unseemly haste.
Posted by anon at 12:55
Friday, 19 January 2018
A big thank you to the dozen or so volunteers who unloaded, weighed out and made up orders.
Posted by anon at 21:56
Friday, 12 January 2018
We have been offered the chance to assist in the recycling of a fairly large number of 50 gallon steel oil drums, which are no longer required by one of our members. They can be turned into effective incinerator bins, or may even help you along the way to giant carrots.
If you would be interested in obtaining one of these bins, please come to the hut to see us by February 4th. They will cost £5 (to cover the cost of transport to the hut), and anyone wanting one will need to pay this in advance of their delivery. We will then arrange for the arrival of those that have been pre-ordered, by the end of February. We will not be able to store extra bins that have not been ordered, on account of their size!
Meanwhile, next week the cake bakers will be swinging back into action, as our 2018 potatoes and onions are expected to arrive on Friday 19th January. 9am usually turns out to be 8.45am, and, while we are not expecting a leaning tower of pallets, we would like to invite anyone with an hour or so to spare to help with the unloading, and the weighing out extravaganza that will surely follow. Hopefully most of the fun will have been had by midday, but you will appreciate that many hands will make lighter work. Let us know if you can come, or just turn up as usual!
POTATOES, ONIONS, AND THE REST, WILL THEN BE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION, OR PURCHASE, FROM THE HUT on Saturday 20th January, from 11am. From this date, we will once again be open on both Saturdays and Sundays. As usual, we would remind you that it helps us greatly if you can collect orders as soon as possible, and it should also be noted that popular varieties can sell out quickly.
And what about the Great Potato Pot Off? This year we are staging a bit of a competition (for fun?). We have purchased 30 heavy duty, 30 litre pots, and for a nominal fee, to cover costs, entrants will be awarded a pot, 2 potatoes and a copy of the rules. Both potatoes are to be grown in the one pot, and it is anticipated that the competition will come to an end at the beginning of September. After the final weigh-in, count-up and measurement-taking, the pot and crop will belong to the grower. We are hoping that a number of small prizes will be awarded! This competition is limited to the first 30 applicants who turn up with their nominal fee. I am sure that there will be a stampede…
Posted by anon at 16:16
Monday, 8 January 2018
Items close to selling out are:- Arran Pilot, Kestrel, Maris Bard, Maris Peer, Cara, Nadine with large stocks still available to order of Allotment Society favourites Charlotte, Desiree and Pink Fir Apple.
Posted by anon at 12:52