Monday Plotlines

Thinking it was going to be the better day of the weekend weather wise, we headed off to the plot yesterday morning, I’d like to tell you that we had a wonderful morning but truth to tell it was cold and squally.  Even the greenhouse, normally cosy if there’s a bit of sun, was chilly.  But of course this is the gardener’s lot in February.

Seed Potatoes

I ran into the trading hut on route to drop off some carrier bags, which along with screw top wine bottles, they’d put a call out for.  Trading secretary Alan was there dealing with the horticultural society membership renewals and site warden Bob was manning the scales, weighing out onions, shallots and seed potatoes.  There was also a new batch of homemade marmalade and some local honey for sale.

The Trading Hut


On to the plot and Angela and Nigel from the community centre had just arrived with coffee and biscuits for everyone, they do this most Sunday mornings and we’re always pleased to see them.  A welcome opportunity to catch up with all the news.

Seed Potatoes


An hour or so of Derek working on the new cold frame whilst I washed plant pots, pulled up a few weeds and refilled the bird feeder, then time for lunch.  That was our Sunday morning.

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11 Responses to “Monday Plotlines”

  1. annjenny February 10, 2014 @ 1:47 pm (#)

    Sounds like a good morning and coffee and biscuits too!

  2. Sue@GLAllotments February 10, 2014 @ 4:35 pm (#)

    Sounds like a real community site.

    • Southbourne Gardens replied: — February 11th, 2014 @ 8:36 am

      We really fell on our feet Sue. We chose this site because of it’s location, security, parking etc. the community centre and trading hut came as a bonus. Do you have a trading hut?

      • Sue@GLAllotments replied: — February 11th, 2014 @ 12:51 pm

        No we don’t have any sort of trading hut or organisation. We did have an association of which I was the chair but there was too much upset caused by a handful of plot holders who didn’t want the same as the majority and carried out a misinformation campaign. We tried to run things democratically but the bully boys ended up getting their way. When it came to it the majority who were very vocal in private support just kept their heads down when the committee were receiving abuse etc. The council wound things up even more and refused to help so the committee resigned and no-one else wanted the hassle.

        Basically we were working really hard to improve the site but ended up being abused for it.

        • Southbourne Gardens replied: — February 11th, 2014 @ 12:58 pm

          You had mentioned something about this before but I know this was what it was about. The EHS is run as a completely separate entity to the allotments and this probably helps. Also I think we much be a much smaller site with just 50 plots than yours?

          • Sue@GLAllotments replied: — February 11th, 2014 @ 1:18 pm

            Ours only has 60 but now some are being let as halves. Most people are friendly – it only takes one or two to stir things up and spoil a community atmosphere especially if they use intimidation tactics!

  3. lottielandgirl February 10, 2014 @ 8:55 pm (#)

    Well that sounds lovely, I love the community feel about it. I help out at our shed with Mr.B on a rota, the shed is conveniently placed right next to our plot so we work on it and serve who ever comes. I wish we could do our potatoes and onions the way you do it. How great to have honey and marmalade for sale too 🙂

    • Southbourne Gardens replied: — February 11th, 2014 @ 8:40 am

      I think you can if there’s enough demand for it. Do you sell them pre-packed?

  4. Anna February 16, 2014 @ 5:23 pm (#)

    Now that shed looks so cosy that I would be happy to stay there all day! What’s going on with the screw cap wine bottles?

    • Southbourne Gardens replied: — February 17th, 2014 @ 3:25 pm

      There for the Jeye’s fluid Anna.

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