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Community allotment working sessions 2019
Reports: Jenn Baker
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Community Allotment 18th April
It was a lovely sunny afternoon but I think the troops must have been off doing other things being Easter week.  Only five attended but we got some seeds sown and harvested a row of shallots left over from last year!  Don't know what they'll be like but may be OK for soup making.  Colin mowed the paths so it all looks tidy.
11th April
After last week's cancellation because of all the rain, it was lovely to
do a bit of gardening under blue skies.  Eight volunteers sowed seeds,
cleared a rather untidy corner of the polytunnel and got stuck in to
weeding the herb garden.  A very pleasant refreshment break in the warm
sun was much appreciated.
28th March
It has been a lovely sunny and warm afternoon and ten allotmenteers  turned up, including one new volunteer. We planted the onion sets and the seed potatoes, cleared one bed of  brassicas from last year and made a start on tidying the herb bed and  the strawberry patch. A good amount of rhubarb and purple sprouting broccoli was harvested for people to take home.
21st March
Today was the first of this year's weekly sessions and we had a good turnout of 9 volunteers despite the chilly, grey afternoon. We cleared several beds of weeds and loads of poppy plants that had self seeded and also had a good go at preparing the polytunnel beds ready for the tomatoes etc later in the season. The new planting plan was put up in the shed and the raised beds had new name labels attached. Next week will see the planting of the potatoes and onion sets - weather permitting!
7th March
Today was the last of the monthly winter sessions before we start the 2019 season weekly.  9 people came, including 3 new volunteers, who did some sterling work which included sowing broad beans and leeks, washing down the polytunnel, pruning back the buddleia and feeding the fruit bushes with compost. Colin also put up some hooks in the shed to hold the new tools. We managed to keep dry during the frequent showers by nipping into the polytunnel but at least it was fairly warm!
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7th February
I think the chilly weather must have put people off today as only 2 turned up! The two of us managed to dig a trench fill it with compost from one of the bins and cover it back over ready for later in the year, when it will be the climbing bean bed. Next month we shall sort out the polytunnel beds and give it a good wash down inside and out.
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