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The Plot

Allison Wragg
Allison Wragg from The Seeds Trust

Allison's sixth blog

By Allison Wragg
September was a busy time down at The Plot - Allison Wragg, community food gardens worker for the SEEDS Trust, talks us through all the developments!

What a busy time down at The Plot.

Tomatoes are ripening and the sweet scent of the basil drifts down the plot with such intensity I can smell it at the other end. 

We have Brussels sprouts forming, sweet peppers and chillis, and at last the Runner beans are starting to set! Hopefully we should get a later bumper crop to make up for the late start.

Carrier bags are stuffed full for the journey home with main-crop potatoes, carrots, French beans, spinach, lettuce, radish, onions, and the courgettes that are still swelling to become marrows!

We have sown some crops for autumn and winter; the mizuna, radish, over-wintering spring onions, giant red mustard, hardy spinach and rocket. These will all be welcome additions to the table. 

The plotters have also been busy preparing the ground for other crops of garlic, broad beans and red and white onion sets to over-winter and provide earlier crops next year.

Some seedlings have already emerged from last week's sowings, so now it is important to keep those seedlings weed free to give them a good head start. 

More people have arrived strolling down the plot with big smiles, admiring the beds heaving with produce, and hoping to catch a piece of the horticultural action. 

I don't blame them, it was a lovely atmosphere down there on Thursday. We had people there from 18 months to 80 all chatting away and getting their plots sorted.

Next time I'll be showing the Plotters how to take a few root cuttings from Janat's mint plants. I know that Ashuk and Baqr are both keen to have a fresh supply in their own plots.

I'll be strongly advising that they plant the mint into a sunken plant pot to prevent the mint from taking over the whole allotments though. I hope they take my advice!

Allison is the Community Food Gardens Worker for The SEEDS Trust supported through SHAPE (funded by The Big Lottery Fund). 

last updated: 02/10/06
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