November’s Musings

Why winter is a winning time on the allotment!

However, subject to the weather, there are many good reasons to keep up with the visits to your allotment garden during the winter months. 

On cold, crisp winter days it’s a beautiful place. The hazy sunshine softens the bleakness of the winter and it can be calm and tranquil. I often stand in silence on the plot and just take it all in.

So, winter is coming. however, this is a great time to prepare. Press on with winter digging; lift parsnips; keep harvesting Brussell spouts; net remaining brassicas; protect cauliflowers; plant fruit trees and bushes; start pruning apple and pear trees; mulch pruned fruit; protect plants from frost; clear leaves from plants; cut down old-growth; cut down grasses and bamboo.  As you can see an endless list of tasks to try and complete.

The committee met for the first time since the AGM.  I would like to share with you some of the work they do for you all.  They plan and organise the site maintenance projects, only after a detailed cost and benefit analyse.  They arrange the social evenings, the next one is at the end of the month on the 27th. They discuss funding opportunities to support the projects.  They complete the regulatory admin. They perform inspections and reviews. They manage the security of the site. They manage the membership comings and goings. 

We need your help. To distribute the water around the site we need more IBC’s.  If you know of a source who is willing to supply us with some, for free if possible, then contact the committee and we will follow up with them.

Remember the grass on your plot is just a vegetable or fruit bed in waiting.

Until next time, remember to enjoy it and have some fun as well.

Ken Mulley-Smith
Chair of Alwoodley Allotment Society

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