Seed sowing – Time for a swap?

Although it might still only be the third week in January, it’s time to start thinking about what seed you might what to be sowing the in the coming months.

If your interested in swapping seeds then the Reading Food Growing Network maybe a place for you to visit. It runs seed swaps at community events throughout the year.

Check out their Seed Swap page for an event that Covid allowing my take place near you. You can also swap seed via email, check their list of available seeds for swapping for more details.

Another Lockdown for England

As we are all now aware, we entered our third Covid-19 lockdown yesterday. Needless to say this will be very frustrating for many people; thankfully though, we are still able to visit our Allotment Plots as part of the daily exercise ‘allowance’ under the latest measures.

We published the (then) latest measures as links in the January Newsletter and as they are active links, they will now point to the very latest versions of the measures on the both the UK Government Covid-19 webpage and the updated National Allotments Societies webpage.

Just in case there are any issues with those links we have published them again below.

GOV.UK – Coronavirus (COVID‑19) – Latest Lockdown Measures – 05jan2021

National Allotments Society (COVID-19) – Latest Lockdown Measures – 05jan2021

Stay Safe out there.

Planning for the year ahead

What’s in store for 2021 on the allotment?

With the current cold weather holding us back from many tasks on the allotment, now is the time to start planning for this years activities.

Have you bought your seed yet? How are you planning your allotment layout? Well, here’s a few links that we think will help you on your way.

  • From 2020 to Preparing for 2021 – An interest site full of ideas and suggestions which we have linked to before in our monthly newsletters.
  • Allotment Year Planner from Gardeners World – Site that is brimming with information.
  • If this is to be your first year on an allotment, then maybe this ‘Getting Started’ guide from the RHS will be of help in your 2021 planning.
  • Lastly a great page from Pinterest about Allotments, full of images with links to related allotment information

If you have any suggestions, why not comment on this post to share it with all of our fellow plot holders.

Finally, the committee would like to wish all plot holders both a Happy New Year and great success with your plots in 2021.