Hello everyone, and Welcome to new plot holders, Aidan and Sabah.
The first Committee meeting of 2015 was on 1st March. Minutes from meetings will be uploaded to the blog soon.
Help needed: We really need a techie volunteer to help to update our website and show us how to upload documents (e.g. Committee Meeting Minutes), and put in security settings, so that we can choose what we share with the general public. Please could anyone with knowledge and experience of building and running a website or blog, get in touch with Brigid on info@whetstoneallotments Your help and advice would be greatly appreciated.
Bonfires: A local resident attended the Committee Meeting to complain about the impact of large, allotment bonfires blowing smoke into the local area and causing inconvenience. Please consider our residential neighbours when lighting fires. On sunny days, many people will have windows and doors open, and laundry drying. It is inconsiderate to them if you have fires which are excessively smokey.
In some areas of London bonfires are banned due to residential lobbies. To reduce the risk of further complaints, please keep your fires small and controlled, never use petrol or any other flammable liquid, and never burn plastics. Avoid using very green or wet material, it will smoulder and smoke. If it doesn't burn easily, your material is not ready to burn, let it dry out or perhaps it's better to make compost with it.
Bonfires are allowed at any time, until the end of April. Animals, including hedgehogs, hibernate in piles of old wood etc, so make sure no one is inside before you light.
Volunteer Work Party News
Apologies to those who have been in touch to say that they thought the Volunteer Work Party on Saturday 28th February was cancelled. We had a very low turn out of 5 people: Jean; Marie; Marco; Brigid and Les. None the less, we filled four large builders bags with vegetation from the road through the site (Field 2 area), and had a good lunch.
There will be another Work Party on Saturday March 21st hopefully we will complete preparation of the path for Spring - if enough people turn out this will be quick and easy work, with a satisfying result that we all benefit from, wherever our plots are on the site. Some of you have complained about your cars getting scratched, and everyone is responsible for keeping our paths and boundaries in good order, as a condition of Self Management.
We will meet at 10am, on March 21st Refreshments will be provided to all who take part, at 12 noon
If you have any questions, please contact : Les Moore : 07957 388033 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please find attached a revised price list for the Shop - this replaces the one recently sent.
All of the new stock is in apart from the seeds from Thomas Etty, which should be available from Sunday. Please note that supplies of these specialist seeds are limited … so if you are keen to try them, you should call into the shop soon.
Some plot holders have been getting deliveries of manure from a local farmer, P, who charges £30.00 per tractor. It appears to be quite fresh, so you will probably need to let it stand for a year or so. Further information about using manure will be added to our website soon. You can contact P on: . If you get a delivery, it is your responsibility to ensure that you sweep and rake the area after the delivery.
Alternatively, there are proprietary bags of manure for sale in the Shop. There is also organic and non-organic compost, top soil, and bark chip (see attached list for details).
A well kept plot on Field 3 will become available later this year, and will be offered to existing plot holders who want to move, before it is shown to people on the waiting list. If you are interested to see the plot, please contact Les: 07957 388033
Jacquie's TIPS for March
ONIONS and SHALLOTS
Sets may be planted now. Plant each set allowing the noses to be exposed. To avoid birds pulling them out, it may be wise to protect them with fleece or netting until they have shoots when they will have rooted and birds will not dislodge them.
Can be sown direct now.
Sow indoors now.