We’re going fruit mad down at the allotment

Sal, Nuthurst Community Allotment, July 2021 Well, the Exotic Fruiterie was just a germ of an idea only a couple of months ago. Now it’s a veritable jungle and harvesting basket-fulls of edible exotic-fruiterie-type-things is just around the corner (well, more accurately, it’s probably a couple of years away but it’ll be worth the wait!). Continue reading “We’re going fruit mad down at the allotment”

A list of the fruit trees we plan on planting in the east glasshouse.

Jonathan, Nuthurst Community Allotment, April 2021 Actinidia chinensis ‘Hayward’ (Kiwi Fruit) Citrus x paradisi (Grapefruit) Citrus sinensis (Orange) Citrus limon ‘Delle Quattro Stagione’ (Lemon) Coryrlus avellana ’Nottingham’ (Hazel Nut) Diospyrus kaki ‘Vaniglia’ (Persimmon) Diospyrus kaki ‘Royo Brillante’ (Persimmon) Eriobotyra japonica (Loquat) Ficus carica ‘Dottato’ (Fig) Juglans regia ‘Franquette’ (Walnut) Malus domestica ‘Cox’s Orange’ (Apple) MorusContinue reading “A list of the fruit trees we plan on planting in the east glasshouse.”

St Andrew’s Primary School’s Inaugural Visit

Sal, Nuthurst Community Allotment, April 2021 At least thirty six-year-olds…..two hours…..one baking hot greenhouse….ummm doesn’t sound like a recipe for success; but it absolutely was! This week we had the first visit from the local primary school children who made the short walk across the road from St Andrew’s to spend the best part ofContinue reading “St Andrew’s Primary School’s Inaugural Visit”

Notes on Pollinator Plants

Jonathan, Nuthurst Community Allotment, April 2021 This is a list of Dave Goulson’s sixteen favourite garden plants for pollinators…if you happen to have any in your garden, we would love it if you would bring one with you when you visit the allotment! Bush vetch, Vicia sepium Catmint, Nepeta racemose Plume thistle, Cirsium rivulare ‘Atropurpureum’ Comfrey, Symphyticum officinale, ‘Bocking 14’ Dahlia, ‘Bishop of Llandaff’Continue reading “Notes on Pollinator Plants”

Notes on Crop Rotation

Jonathan, Nuthurst Community Allotment, April 2021 The whole point of crop rotation is to avoid a build-up of pests and diseases and to keep the soil as healthy as possible. Rotation means moving vegetables around the allotment in succession, and not growing the same ones in the same place every year. Most pundits advise aContinue reading “Notes on Crop Rotation”

Small-time Ploughing and Worms

Sal, Nuthurst Community Allotment, Feb 2021 So, we got our hands on a single furrow plough this week and we have (well, the tractor has) been enjoying dragging it up and down the land outside the glasshouse. We aren’t fans of regular ploughing but this particular bit of ground was in need of some attention;Continue reading “Small-time Ploughing and Worms”

Slugs and Snails

Jonathan, Bulls Farm, January 2021 Slugs and Snails can cause problems in the allotment. If they get the chance they’ll eat all the best bits of our produce: lettuce hearts, ripe tomatoes, juicy cabbage leaves, even beetroots aren’t safe. So, what’s to do? Well you absolutely mustn’t use ordinary slug pellets. The Metaldehyde chemical is completely toxic toContinue reading “Slugs and Snails”