Date for your Calendar – Friday 15th April 2022 – Read on!

Our Allotments Association have had a long lasting relationship with the Huntley & Palmers Allotments Association based at the Culver Lane Allotments site and tenants have been able to purchase many of their on-site shop products using their ‘Trading Shed’ low-cost membership together with the annual H & P Price Lists, published for your convenience in our Special Bulletins.

The Trading Shed

Now, in a first for our Association and in a joint venture, we are going to stage a Pop-Up shop on the Reading Road site. Huntley & Palmers ‘Trading Shed’ has offered to bring many of their shop products to our site for you to purchase and they will also be able to take orders for anything that they don’t have with them on the day.

The date for your calendar is Friday 15th April 2022 from 10am till 12.30pm. The Pop-Up shop will be located outside the Launchpad poly-tunnel at the bottom of Jersey Knoll (Rows J-K).

We expect this to be the first of a number of events we are looking to stage this year so please come along and support this innovative event.

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.

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.