Allotment

The important bit!  

The Allotment Group meets fortnightly on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 10 30 am.  We normally meet at Allotment 28, Marshfield Road, Minehead.  Please remember to check the Calendar in case of any late changes to schedule.

Our group is led by Alexandra Slater, and she may be contacted at 01643 709320, or by email at allotment@minehead-district-u3a.org.ukThis is very much a shared practical activity with hard work and numerous surprises on the way to harvest.  However, membership is limited to about five because of the size of the plot.

About the Allotment Group

The Allotment Group has been going for more than twelve years and rents one of the Town Council’s allotments at Marshfield Road in Minehead. We meet there at 10.30 for about two hours on the second and fourth Thursday each month.  The group possesses various implements kept on site in a locked shed.  Part of the plot is communally cared for and we all share the produce, but each member also has their own patch to follow their own enthusiasms.

Allotment gallery

This gallery shows the allotment and its produce through the seasons – most recent photos first.  You can open the gallery by clicking on (or tapping) an image, and that will expand the image on your screen.  You can then go back < and forward > using the chevrons at each side of the image.  Exit using the big X at the top right above the image.

Recent activity 

May. We are making good progress with our planting and the recent showers have encouraged the growth of our seedlings, and the weeds of course. We have room for another new member to join us and help with the harvesting of the soft fruit.

March 2022. The warm spell in March encouraged us to get back to working on the allotment.  Some seeds and onion sets have been planted and the new raspberry shoots are looking encouraging. We are looking forward to a productive season with our new members.

The storms have left a scattering of twigs but no damage. Spring must be coming as the rhubarb is emerging and we are thinking about future plantings. We have a vacancy for a new member and welcome enquiries from anyone keen to grow their own vegetables and share the planting and harvesting of the communal plot.

December.  We had  a small indoor gathering in December as the winter tasks can be carried over.  The New Year resolutions will include cleaning and tidying equipment and also composting, probably with seaweed.  The physalis ripened in the mild weather and our Chinese lanterns gave us delicious fruit, as shown left.

 

 

November.  We are delighted to have been able to welcome two new members this month and have allocated their patches so that they can start to prepare and plan for their future planting.  The Autumn tasks of pruning and tidying are going well and we still have leeks and cabbages to harvest.  We were pleased to find that the physalis, which did so well last year, has reseeded itself.

October:  We are still looking to find new members and on some occasions we have not been able to successfully harvest all our crops.  The raspberries have been small but prolific and some varieties of tomatoes have done very well.  As usual the courgettes, rhubarb, beans and beetroot have proved reliably tasty. 

Previously… We have had successful harvests of blackcurrants and beetroot and are now enjoying raspberries, French beans, courgettes and tomatoes. We share the communal area and individually tend a small patch to grow our own special choices, which this year have included asparagus, onions, sweet peas, squash and herbs. We have a sheltered bench, and even the nasturtium flowers are edible.

We received kind donations of more tomato plants which are growing well.  This is my favourite part of the year on the allotment with harvesting of strawberries, rhubarb and gooseberries, which have all done well.

 This year we have seen the benefits of spending additional time working on the plot and we look forward to the  blackcurrants, beetroot, onions and cabbages which are all looking good.

Spring 2021. The first sign of Spring has been the leaves of the rhubarb plants.

The soil is getting warmer and the allotment is sheltered from the winds, so there is every reason to enjoy the opportunity to get outdoors. We have started planting onion sets, peas, beetroot and cabbages and are deciding which seeds to trial.  We may extend our flower options after the success with the sweet peas last year. We would welcome enquiries from anyone wishing to join us and will now be able to have more than two people working together. The rhubarb is as prolific as ever so we have plenty to share..

 We have not met as a group during the winter but have each had a chance to harvest our carrots, parsnips, sprouts, celeriac, red cabbage and greens plus the delight of the new Chinese gooseberries.   

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