Transition Horsham Community Allotment 2021

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The Allotment Barbecue, Thursday, July 31st 2014.

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Working Parties March to October 2021

Working parties take place on every other Saturday afternoon from 2 - 4pm. With coordinating work groups on the second Saturday of each month as shown below.

  • March 27th: Allotment working parties recommence.

If you are interested in joining the Allotment group, or for more information email us at: allotment@transitionhorsham.org.uk

January to March

January was cold and wet so digging was kept to a minimal as the soil wasn’t very workable. February saw a long cold snap with snow (by Horsham standards - Ed) so despite being ‘open’ it was difficult to achieve anything major. Adam did however do a great job of reconnecting and adding taps to all the water butts so we are well set for water for the summer droughts. In February Adam and Jayne pruned the apple and pear trees. We have also been quite restricted by the pandemic rules and only 2-3 people are allowed on the plot at any one time.

From 29th March groups of up to 6 people will be allowed to meet outside which will help our work party numbers this spring.

Jenny made us some lovely number labels for the different plots. Now we have grown so much (pardon the pun) it will be very useful to identify what is where. The labels even have beautifully painted illustrations of vegetables and fruit.

The pond is generally thriving and the old frog inhabitants have rediscovered it and laid frog spawn. Over winter Chris and Matthew lined the pond with chestnut, elm and oak to help it blend in. They also added some wire mesh at one end to protect the newly laid frog spawn from birds. Along with Alison they have also been cleaning and checking our tools, a great off season job!

Several people have started growing seeds for the plot and planting of potatoes and carrots has started in the ground along with spreading of compost which we can now easily access.

Leeks have been harvested and we are now cropping the purple sprouting broccoli. The overwintered broad beans have come through very well and we look forward to eating them soon.

In the ground we have: garlic, broad beans, purple sprouting broccoli, leeks, rhubarb, potatoes, carrots. As the soil warms and risk of frosts disappears, we will be able to plant out more. We also look forward to building the fruit cage and growing more fruit.