Week 43 (Year 3): Popping down the Plot or January Blues…

Brrrrrrrrrr it’s rather cold in the UK. After the threat of snow, even in London, had been forecast, we did have some flurries and some slushy showers but nothing stuck. Of course, being January and in the heart of Winter, it is too cold and bitter to spend too long down on the allotment.

Looking up the Plot

Looking up the Plot

The coldness is a challenge so there is little activity required down my plot. Indeed, even the weeds are not growing and spreading but there are some crops which are flourishing…

Rhubarb has popped up through the soil.

Rhubarb has popped up through the soil.

This is one of three roots I transferred to the very front of the Plot in the Autunn. It is good that it has established and should produce some good leaves with plenty of sunshine.

Lettuce is getting established

Lettuce is getting established

Hardly the weather for salad but already we are reading that there will be a shortage of salad crops in the UK this year. maybe I should invest in producing more.

My Brassicas continue to do well.

My Brassicas continue to do well.

I probably need to extend the sides to the Brassica Raised Bed as they are now hitting the soft roof and I could do with supporting some of the plants of Broccoli (Red, White and Purple sprouting) as well as a handful of Cauliflower plants (which may produce good heads we hope).

And whilst there isn’t much to be done down the plot, it doesn’t mean that you can not plan and prepare. Already ordered some Asparagus plants for this year and purchased some in  the sales. (Partly as this is one of those more expensive crops that you’re meant to grow on your allotment and take pleasure from, as well as being a long-term plant: which will reduce the crop rotations and planting as I will need to allocate it a permanent raised bed!). In addition, I have started to prepare my seeds and review what packets I have, so I can get started with some sowing soon.

And excited that pulling back the netting to find the Garlic has appeared through the ground and still (largely) in neat rows in one of my Raised Beds. I recognise that i will need to thin these out but given the number I have growing, I should be able to select the strongest ones and remove weaker ones.

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And part of my work as Secretary was volunteering on the first two Sundays of the year to meet and greet members in order for them to renew their Association membership and pay their annual rent. We have a good team of volunteers who support this activity so my specific role was to hand our AGM Minutes from 2016 (April), the AGM notice for March 2017 as well as letter from our Chairman which summarised 2016 to our Plot Holders. It was also an opportunity to collect donations towards three members of our community whom had had their sheds burnt down through arson. After members had donated, we as an Association, donated a celebratory canvas tote bag to individuals, which we had produced for our 100 years last year.

Volunteers reviewing details, issuing membership cards and collecting the rent.

Volunteers reviewing details, issuing membership cards and collecting the rent.

It was a busy time as well as great to meet with many of our Plot Holders.

 

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