Our community allotment project is about reducing our carbon footprint by growing our own food and sharing knowledge of how to do so.
We are a committed group of local growers working together on our community allotment, on land made available to us by Hadlow College, the outstanding land based college on our doorstep.
We meet on Saturday mornings, 9:30 onwards, come rain or shine. Visits other times by arrangement.
For more info contact Alison on 07850 809615.
We currently have a very active Growers group, which is working hard cultivating a piece of land made available to us by Hadlow Agricultural College.
We are always looking for new members to join our growers group, so do come along and see what we’re up to.
Here’s a copy of a typical worksheet, with tasks for the coming weeks
We are just emerging from the snow and frost to get ready for another growing season. More news and pictures to follow.
Bake your Lawn
We also did join the ‘Bake you Lawn’ initiative organised by sustain, and grew, harvested and threshed some wheat, to then have it milled at Penshurst Farners Market at a special milling event organised by Claire from Pure Kent, a local arable farm in West Kent.
Another harvest barbeque to celebrate our successful growing season.
Last Friday (25 March) we hired the rotavator and Nicola and Steve took it in turns to rotavate as much of the plot as possible. This was all down the left hand side. It was more difficult than you would imagine, but they did a great job, so a big thank you to Nicola and Steve. The rest of us didn’t just stand around and watch, we were busy preparing the ground ahead of them trying to get rid of any perennial weeds so that these were not spread.
Last Saturday (26 March) planting started in earnest. Judith planted almost 50 gem lettuces that we got from David Carey. Siobhan and Steve sowed parsnip and carrots and Tom and I planted the first early (red Duke of York), second early (Wilja), and all the salad potatoes, (Charlotte and Julliette).
This coming Saturday (2 April) the main crop potatoes need planting, onion sets and peas.
And then there was the edible hedge planting that took place earlier on 12 March.
Another working day at the allotment 25 Sept 2010
The weather held and we got a lot done today. Most impressive was the progress on the shed extension (!), but we also worked hard clearing weeds ready for the grass to go down soon. Also managed to get some broad beans planted.
View from the top of the shed extension
Potato harvesting day 18 Sept
We had perfect weather for a whole day of hard work on the allotment. It was hard work to dig up the last patch of potatoes from the clay soil, and quite heartbreaking to discover the extend of slug damage.
Our Harvest Barbeque on Saturday 4th of September:
We were very lucky with the weather and had a very enjoyable afternoon with all sorts of yummy food mostly prepared from our own produce grown on the allotment. Top of the list of ingredients were courgettes, but we also had potatoes, tomatoes, sweetcorn, beetroot, salad, herbs, raspberries as well as fruit from people’s gardens to make up a great feast.
Here are some images of our allotment in it’s first year in 2009: