Allotment Road Repairs

Yes it’s that time again!! Allotment road repairs are upon us and are scheduled for Saturday 11th September. There will be some disruption for traffic on site as we prepare before hand and during the work on the day.

We are looking for quite a few volunteers to help with this vital task, plus there is a FREE BBQ on offer after we have finished this important work. If you can help please contact us via readingroadplots@woodley-allotments.org.uk

You can also down load more detailed information by clicking on the Image below.

Here’s some pictures from work we carried out in 2019 & 2020. What a happy band of workers we are!

Draft AGM Agenda & Proposed Constitution Changes

The Committee are please to announce the Draft Agenda for the upcoming Woodley Allotments Association at Reading Annual General Meeting (AGM) on the 21st September 2021 at The Oakwood Centre, Woodley at 7:30pm.

If you would like Items for discussion to be added to the Agenda or if you would like to stand for election to the Committee, then you need to send that information to the email address mentioned at the bottom of the AGM Draft Agenda.

You can download a copy of the AGM and the Proposed Constitution Changes by clicking on the relevant image below.

We look forward to seeing you all at the AGM on the 21st September.

AGM – Draft Agenda
Constitution – Proposed Changes

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New ‘Welcome Pack’ launch

Although intended for all new tenants who take up an Allotment on out site, we think all existing tenants will be interested in this joint Woodley Town Council / Committee new ‘Welcome Pack’.

Full of information, tips and a section on Plot Inspections, we are sure you will find something of interest for you. Click on the Image below to down your own copy if you have not already received one via email.

New to the Allotment? – What next?

This post is a helpful repeat of the Newsletter Articles from the October 2020 and February 2021 editions in full. Let us know if you have any comments or feedback. We will be adding further similar articles as the 2021 growing season gets going.

A number of new tenants have taken up plots on the site over the last few months & perhaps are wondering what to do next. So here’s a sample list of resources that may be helpful for first time ‘allotmenteer’.

What to grow? – See the chart on this page to give you a good idea of what you can grow and when it requires sowing/harvesting. Of course, some of this depends on what the soil is like on your plot, making a soil test will help you understand that. You can also ask other tenants what grows best.

Crop Rotation – The RHS defines this as ‘The principle of crop rotation is to grow specific groups of vegetables on a different part of the vegetable plot each year. This helps to reduce a build-up of crop-specific pest and disease problems and it organises groups of crops according to their cultivation needs.’

There is an amazing amount of online information about this subject – the author works in a four year rotation – but you can also have a three plan. Here’s some more information about the subject.

You may have taken over a plot that has not been used for quite a while and needs some work done on it to get it back in shape and one of those things that will help is adding organic matter back in.

It will take a bit of time to build up your own compost heap, so what to use?

Again a wide variety of information is online, here’s a few (in no particular order) that may help…

There may seem to be a lot to do on your new allotment; don’t try to do everything in the first year, sow some easy to raise produce to have a small but productive harvest.

It will take time to really get your plot into full production and at the end of the day; you want to be able to enjoy your newly found hobby.

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.