Community Spruce – achievements

Thank you to all members who have contributed to our Community Spruce initiative over the past year. Here’s what we’ve achieved together:

  • Tidied the site, removing two skip loads of rubbish.
  • Refurbished the toilets,  including replacing the broken toilet seat in the ladies loo, painting the walls and doors and putting new lino down.
  • Clive’s kitchen has been cleaned and a new fridge, kettle and microwave installed for members’ use.
  • The communal polytunnel has been cleared and cleaned ready for growing plants for open day.
  • The bonfire area has been cleared and new compost bins made.
  • The grass has been cut throughout the year.
  • The hedging has been pruned and overgrown areas cut back.
  • The office has been cleared.
  • We’ve planted new wildflower verges and hedging around our perimeter and planted wildflower seeds in the wildlife garden. This work is part of our re-wilding initiative, which will increase the biodiversity on our site and help support our fellow plant and animal communities which are now seriously threatened by climate change and loss of habitat.

We have been helped by teams of corporate volunteers, a great new initiative  set up by Linda, which brings donations to the site and gets work done quickly.  The 19th Bromley Scout Group also helped plant new hedging and seed bombed the wildlife garden.

There will be more opportunities to join in Community Spruce activities in 2020 as we continue to work to make our allotment site a peaceful, wildlife haven and an important community asset.

The new season is almost here!

At long last we are forecast to have a dry few days – a perfect opportunity to play catch-up with general maintenance before the weeds start growing! Some of the jobs to be getting on with (whilst avoiding walking on wet soggy beds):

– mulch beds

– remove grass/weeds

– repair any wind-damaged structures

– clear up rubbish and take to the Churchfields Road recycling centre (we can recycle scrap metal on site)

With the increasing light levels and mild temperatures over wintering veg will start to grow – they’d really benefit from a feed.

Covering beds now with black polythene will help warm the ground up and suppress weed growth.

You can also sow broccoli, Brussels sprouts, broad beans, onion and beetroot in modules in a cold frame or unheated greenhouse ready to plant out in spring, chit first early potatoes and plant jerusalem artichokes.

If you have a heated greenhouse or sunny window sill you can plant tomato, chilli and aubergine seeds.

And if you have rhubarb plants they have probably started to send up buds – now is the perfect time to cover a plant up with a forcing pot or large pot. Excluding all light will produce longer sweeter stems that need less sugar when cooked. Find out more here: http://www.growveg.com/growblogpost.aspx?id=284