The next volunteer day is coming up on SATURDAY THE 4TH OF JULY.
This time, we will clean up the boundary hedge all around the allotment site. This will include the privet hedge that is growing through and out of out fence as well as the stinging nettles that are falling into the path in the Radbourne walk. The overhanging branches that are at head height on Northfield avenue will also be cut back.

There will be a skip on Saturday 27th June. Plot holders can use this skip to remove rubbish from their plots but DO NOT bring rubbish from your home to put in the skip.
This is an additional skip and there will be another skip in late July.
Do not put wood, soil, plants, and asbestos in the skip. Other items not allowed in skips are listed below:

The next volunteer day is coming up soon on Saturday the 6th June. We will be continuing the clearance of the Hedgerow along Northfield Avenue and Mattock Lane. We cleared a skip full of rubbish and two tonnes of scrap metal from the last two Hedge clearance days. We hope you will join us for our June volunteer session - to help out and feel part of our gardening community. If you haven't been to a volunteer session - you’ll find it is a great way to meet and share ideas with other plotholders.Our start time is 10.00 - Saturday 6th June. Please come to the main double gate on Northfield Avenue - close to the two bus stops (map below).

This is the third pump to be installed as a part of the allotment pump project. On plot 213 we chose a village style pump installed as a part of the project. The pump is now working and can be used by any plot holder as a water source. All water pumps need a brisk pumping action, a weak pushing of the handle will not be enough to maintain a good water flow.

Well, i can't always write about wells and pumps . . . so today i will write about a book i bought from 1937. I have a few old books on gardening/allotments which i bought because i was interested to see what was grown in years gone bye. The Gardener's Assistant by William Watson is a six volume set of books on Gardening which includes a section on allotments. There seems to be several editions of this set from 1900's onwards, i guess they are updated versions, they changed the cover etc. The book was edited not written by William Watson and the allotment section was written by G. T. Tinley.

1937 onions

This plot 164 has had a K3 semi rotary pump installed as a part of the Allotment pump project. The pump is now working and can be used by any plot holder as a water source. All water pumps need a brisk pumping action, a weak pushing of the handle will not be enough to maintain a good water flow.
You need to prime this pump with water to get it to work. To do this unscrew the metal cap on the top of the pipe work. Then use the glass bottle with water in it and pour the water into the top of the pump until it reaches the top, about half the bottle. Then re screw the metal cap and then move the handle back and forth NOT in a circular motion about five times. You will feel the pressure change and water will pour out.

Time flies so quickly... It seems like only last week that we had the April volunteer workday working on the Long Walk, the main path through the allotment.  
With over 15 people we made good progress with most of the path in the southern half of the site.  But that was April and its now virtually the start of May...

Our May volunteer day will be on Saturday 2nd May and this time we'll be working on patches of the Long Walk on the northern half of the site.  Some sections got attention last year, but still there are many areas with bumps and undulation that make it unpleasant in wet weather (and downright difficult with a loaded wheelbarrow!).

When: From 10 AM, Saturday 2nd May
Where: Meet at the double gate in the centre of the site (and right by the bus stops) - map below
Until: We usually go on till around 1PM when we'll stop for a barbeque lunch.

Installation work on this pump started in April 2105.The first thing i did was remove the very heavy concrete slab on top of the plot. It was then that i discovered that the well was half full of rubbish. The image right show the top of the well with the metal barrel construction damaged or bend over on purpose. Once i looked down into the well i could see a roll of carpet, soil and plastic flower pots.

Mr R. W. Weal was the tenant of plot 229 from 1946 until 1993 when his son Dennis Weal took over the plot. In the decades after WW2 a number of plot holders built their own wells as there was no mains water on the allotment until around 1995. Mr R Weal dug his well which is constructed of metal water tanks placed on top of each other with the bottom cut out. He also installed a K4 Semi-Rotary pump to extract the water.

Just as the EDAS committee is tackling management and maintenance problems on the allotments today, the committee set up in 1833 had to grapple with the issues of its day, gradually finding its way as it learned from experience. Fortunately, our committee does not have to deal with rent collection, the most pressing concern for our predecessors. But there is a clear parallel in getting to grip with letting the vacant plots. And do you have one of the "gravelly pieces"?

Ealing Dean Allotments Committee minutes 9 July 1835

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