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Community Allotment Group: working sessions 2018
Reports and photos: Jenn Baker

21st June
We had a good session today despite the very hot sun; mustn't complain, though we could do with some rain! A lot of watering was done but we really need a sustained rain shower (preferably overnight) to get everything properly soaked. The bed that held this year's broad beans was cleared and planted up with brassica seedlings. These were then well mulched with plenty of ripe compost from the bays in the orchard and hopefully this will help them get a good start without drying out. They were then covered with veggie mesh to keep the beasties away. Blackcurrants are coming along fine and the redcurrants and gooseberries are almost ready for picking.
Community Allotment 17th May: We had a good crowd of 13 today to do some gentle work in the sunshine. The potatoes were earthed up, squash & courgettes planted out, polytunnel tidied and, of course, lots of watering and weeding.
Community Allotment 3rd May 2018
A sunny day brought our lovely volunteers out - we had 17! And welcome to our latest member Alistair. Jobs tackled this week included planting out some more strawberries, putting up the enviromesh tunnel ready for the brassicas, weeding the paths and continuing with work on the herb bed.
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22nd March 2018: First weekly session for the Community Allotment this year. Despite the chilly afternoon, we were well attended and did some warming jobs like digging in the green manure to enrich the soil. We also harvested some lovely leeks and the last of the winter kale. We were joined today by Pam from START, an NHS initiative which aims to help people through support, transition and recovery. We hope they will send some volunteers to come and enjoy gardening with our friendly group!
Allotment session 8th March: A lovely sunny afternoon after last week's snow. Eight allotmenteers came out for a breath of fresh air. We sieved compost to top the beds, added odd bits of wood to the bonfire pile and did general tidying up.
Thursday 1st February. The community allotment meeting was well attended this month and we enjoyed a lovely sunny afternoon. Tasks included tidying the pollinator bed, relocating a large sedum plant, cutting back in the herb garden, installing new posts and wires for the grape vine and sorting out the shelves in the shed - probably the tidiest they'll be this season!