The people of Ealing are a curious bunch. At our first ever open day so many people said to me that they had often walked past the allotments and wondered what they were like inside. The assumption was that there would be row upon row of vegetables tended by a wizened old retired guy drinking tea from his flask. Of course, we do have a few of those, but we also have lots of young families and people who grow flowers.
Saturday the 7th of November is the next Volunteer Day. We will be continuing the improvement of the grass along the ‘Long Walk’, the path that runs the length of the allotment. We will also be removing rubbish from a bank of soil from the main path. Food, hot drinks and water will all be provided.
Saturday the 3rd of October will be the next Volunteer Day. This time we will be aerating the soil along the ‘Long Walk’, our main grass path, to help the grass grow and keep our bugs and worms happy! We will also be removing consolidated rubbish that forms a bank in the main path.
Food, hot drinks and water will all be provided. You are welcome to bring an alcoholic beverage or cake along.
The next volunteer day is coming up on SATURDAY THE 1ST OF AUGUST.
This time, we will clean up the allotment ready for the open day on the 15th Aug . This will include the tidying up the communal area, cutting back plants and overhanging branches in the main path, cutting the grass path and reconstructing the WW2 Anderson air raid shelter.
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.
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.