It is that time of year again – with a number of weather systems moving in from the Atlantic, both allotment sites have begun to flood and
We found this document from Cornell University which offers some guidance on dealing with flooded vegetable fields.
Please do take care when moving around the sites as it can be difficult to know where the edges of paths are and there are of course the usual trip hazards and upward facing pointy objects (canes etc.) that need to be avoided.
We would like to order from BHGS as we did last year, by mid November. We will expect delivery early in the new year. We need your contact details, both to let you know when they have arrived, and in case there is any query about your order. You will pay for them when you collect from us, but if you fail to collect and pay for them within a reasonable time, we reserve the right to sell them in the shop.
Please use the order form here:
Ally’s October blog begins: “The autumn equinox, the second harvest on the Celtic wheel of the year which powered through our lives recently along with a full moon, is a time for gathering, preparing for winter, celebrating our harvest and knowing what needs pruning back. We can follow these actions on our allotments, and if we are wise we will also follow this thread and ask these questions of our lives; what is the harvest in my life at this time? How am I preparing for winter? What and how I am celebrating and appreciating, and what in my life needs pruning back, has become overwhelming?” Read more here.
An update from the allotment shop. Check out the new arrangements for ordering seed as well as a number of varieties of bulbs available from the shop from September 2019.
Ally’s monthly blog for August starts, “As July rolls into lazy August and the Celtic festival of the first harvest of ‘Lammas’ shines upon us, I delight in both the sight and taste of the blue of borage flowers. Borage is beloved of bees and wild food explorers alike.” Read more here.
Position Paper from the Committee: Glyphosate and Our Allotments:
The presentation on the use of glyphosate on our allotments at the pre-AGM session in April asked two main questions:
- Do we continue to sell it in the shop or stop selling it?
- Do we do nothing about its use? Ban its use? Or make rules about its use?
The Committee were tasked with considering options and coming up with a position paper on the subject. You can read it here.
We would like members’ feedback on the suggested guidelines for use in the paper, with a view to providing a final set to members for use over the next few years (before the 5 year EU renewal expires in 2022). Please send your comments to the Association Secretary to collate.
The Committee believes that as an Association we should all be aiming to limit or eliminate the use of chemicals on plots.
We are having our second (‘late’ summer) Botley Meadow BBQ on Saturday September 7th from 1pm onwards.
As usual it is a ‘bring and share’ event (we don’t use any of the association funds to cover this) – so please bring what food and drink you can!
It will be held on the grassy area outside Glenn’s shed (plots 58 & 59) in the north-west corner of the site – or follow the noise … We will be using the two big event shelters as before – so don’t give up on us even if there are a few spots of rain!
We look forward to seeing you there.
Gardeners World (BBC2 on Friday 21st June) – Frances Tophill visited an allotment in Oxfordshire to meet a gardener (Nadine Mitschunas) who is growing her crops alongside plants attractive to pollinating insects and other wildlife.
Nadine works at the same organisation as your Association Secretary – the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, in the Biodiversity Population Ecology Group.
The programme is available on iPlayer here, and the segment starts about 7mins 42secs in.
This month’s article from Ally gives us plenty of ideas of what to do with foraged leaves and flowers. See the full article with composting tips and recipes here.
Feedback from the 2019 AGM
A pre-AGM session had posters on the following:
- Twenty Pound Meadow Water Harvesting Project
- Suggestions for Association Website improvements
- Suggestions for Association Shop improvements
- Gardening Sensibly, Sensitively and Sustainably
Members were asked for their views and the comments have been collated here. The Committee is currently considering feedback on the use of chemicals on allotments and hopes to agree a position paper at the next committee meeting in July – which will go out to members for consultation.