We are almost ready to put our allotment to bed, with the work sessions taking place this weekend Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th November, and the proceeding week to Friday 11th November. We hope you will all do your best to come to any of the convenient times we have suggested., and do your bit to see our site is left in good order for the winter months ahead. I will have Work Sheets laid out on the table with a list of what needs to be done if there are no committee members around to guide you, but if you see a job not listed that needs doing please go ahead with it also. There will be separate information sheets for specific jobs, but it is all very straighforward.
Our most important task is the compost bays, which need to be turned and dug out, so if we can have volunteers to do that we will all be eternally grateful. Our new raised beds are having their top soil delivered to them on Monday, but if we can move some of the completed compost in to them, it will work out much cheaper for us as we will need much less. Looking forward to seeing some of you around at the weekend.
The polytunnel is always cleared out at the end of our gardening year. If you have any plants still in there that are alive and viable please make sure you label them and put them away from those that have now come to an obvious end, and they will be left tidily in the tunnel. Everything else will be disposed of. You are still welcome to grow suitable stuff in the polytunnel during the winter months which you will have to tend to.
I will be turning the water off on Sunday for the winter break but we hope to have water in the rain barrel in the polytunnel left, and we have a water barrel in between the community shed and tool shed that should be viable. The likelyhood is that we will have plenty of rain over the winter months ahead for any plant that needs it. Just because we have officially put the allotment site to bed for the winter doesn’t mean that you can’t still be active on the site if you want to be, but usually Christmas preparations and winter has taken over for the time being.