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Community allotment working sessions, July 2019 onwards
Reports: Jenn Baker
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29th August
About 10 of us enjoyed an afternoon in the sunshine today. We cleared up the bed where the onions were grown and sowed some green manure for overwintering.
Produce harvested included tomatoes, cucumbers and the last of the potatoes ably dug by our two guests for the day James and Frances (having a little holiday with Gran).
The strange weather has kept us on our toes this summer with one session being cancelled because it was too hot!  There's been lots of watering done during the last part of July when the heat was the most intense and most things seem to have survived well.  The climbing beans took a while to get going but are doing OK now. After a very good crop of broad beans, we cleared the bed and sowed green manure to feed it during the winter.   At the beginning of August we harvested a reasonable crop of new  potatoes, pruned the spent raspberry canes and took the netting off the  blackcurrants now they have all been picked (and some made into jam for the Apple Day stall).  The netting will now be put over the grapevine as they are colouring nicely and I'm sure the birds will notice.  Last week  we started digging the main crop potatoes which also look promising. The tomatoes and cucumbers in the polytunnel are really starting to ripen up now and, as the temperatures have been higher than usual, one of our  favourite tomato varieties, Andine Cornue, is doing very well.  This is  a South American variety which is large, shaped like a cornet and is  excellent for roasting (with lashings of olive oil and garlic!) or  making tomato sauce.  Yum!
4th July
A select few turned up today to brave the heat and get stuck into the watering - and more watering! We welcomed 2 new members and they set to work picking the first of this year's blackcurrants. We also gathered gooseberries and raspberries which everyone shared.
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