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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that this group has limited membership. If you are interested in adding your name to a waiting list, click here
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.
We are continuing to enjoy the fine weather and good growing conditions for the crops. The red and green gooseberries have been much appreciated, along with blackcurrants and raspberries. The flowers on the tomato and bean plants promise well for future harvests and the courgettes are doing well, too. The whole plot is benefitting from the extra time we have spent on it this year.
We have been able to make good progress with our preparation of the ground and planting in the last few weeks once the rain softened the soil. The closure of garden centres has caused certain problems, but we have managed to obtain seeds and plants from a variety of sources that responded to our requests for help. Alex
Alex, the Convenor, is taking the view that members can continue to meet safely at the Allotment to tend their plots – while ‘social distancing’. Days and times will continue for the time being.
We are allowed to go to the allotment to pick the last of the winter crops of leeks and cabbages, and we can also harvest the new rhubarb and herbs. We had prepared the ground for the new season, but the dry weather has made fresh digging extremely hard work. However, the onion sets have been planted. The plot is spacious so we can comply with physical distancing rules and yet have social contact as only two of us have been there at any time. We have signs of spring with the fruit bushes coming into leaf.
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.
This 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. The convenor is Alex Slater.
Older allotment news
In addition to a successful harvest of our traditional crops, this year some members have experimented with squash, sweet corn, various herbs and edible flowers. The crops of onions, courgettes and tomatoes are ideal for a healthy Mediterranean diet!
We have had a successful summer with good crops maturing after the rain and sunshine. The harvesting is going well, although the courgettes excelled themselves and turned into marrows almost overnight!
The growing season is going well with our usual rhubarb, gooseberries and blackcurrants plus onions, beetroots, garlic, courgettes and tomatoes. On our individual plots we are also tending asparagus, sweet peas, sweet corn, edible flowers and herbs.
We have been enjoying some of the fruits of our labours – picking gooseberries, courgettes and sweet peas. This month we hope to harvest onions, beetroots, blackcurrants, carrots and leeks. The fresh air, exercise and fresh food should help us to be healthier!
We are pleased to have new members join us!
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