It’s been a very busy week down the Allotments as we celebrate 100 years of growing vegetables on our site. It was a Century ago that the Bishop of London granted locals the space to grow vegetables during the First World War so our Centenary Party was organised to happen on the same weekend as Open Garden Squares Weekend.
Alongside over 200 gardens and horticulturally interesting locations across the 27 London Boroughs, our Allotment site is opened up as part of the Open Garden Squares Weekend. It is a busy day with lots of stalls, volunteers taking public tours of our site, demonstrations as well as refreshments served to our visitors. We are part of a triangle of local attractions alongside our neighbours Fulham Palace, All Saints Church and our own site.
These pictures were painted by our local Artist Jon Bartell, whom we’ve worked with to redesign our Logo in celebration of our 100 years. This artwork will be auctions to raise further funds for shared facilities, tools and resources.
We’re lucky that we have such a diverse and exciting community with two Plot Holders dressing up and providing us with a Centurion’s Wife and her Saxon Friend as well as Seeds of Italy selling seeds and a Medicinal Stall demonstrating the health benefits of plants and herbs.
We also had a wool demonstration as well as lots of generously donated cakes by Plot Holders. And the shop had brisk trade with lots of plants leaving our site and heading out into wider London.
So London Open Squares Garden was a great success, and after the last visitors had been in, we had to get ready for our Centenary Party. Over 200 Plot Holders and their guests were entertained for just £10. This included a free bar, BBQ with salads (with herbs grown on the Allotments), a beautiful Celebratory Cake, entertainment by The Mary Belson Jazz Band, Fireworks and dancing into the small hours.
The cake was made by one of our Plot Holders and decorated with flowers grown down our Allotments.
A great evening was had by all. And back to my plot:
So my disaster with Cucumbers has been addressed again by purchasing new plants from our Trading Hut. These were only 85p each so I picked up two Lunch box and two Burpless Tasty plants and they are currently on a shelf in my Greenhouse. I pop down every two days to water them, whilst I decide whether they go into the ground (in the Greenhouse or outside): as I am thinking one could be grown inside and one outside to test which works better.
So back to the weeding…