Growing through COVID-19!
Even though the country was in lockdown. Government guidelines allowed Volunteers to tend to the allotment. Throughout our allotment activities, social distancing was practiced and was classed as part of daily exercise allowance.
We planted seeds in our poly tunnel, fruit trees in our mini orchard and prepared the ground for planting. Our daffodils and tulips which we planted in autumn last year looked fab. Many people passing commented through the gate how nice they looked.
Hours of standing in the polytunnel preparing seedlings brought rewards in April as our plants flourished and brought new life to the allotment.
We nurtured two sets, one was for the allotment and pure enjoyment for visitors, the second set was for selling (by donation) to raise much needed funds to carry our project on.
The weather really was on our side this year and we worked alongside blackbirds singing, toads and tadpoles in our pond and numerous cats that seem to have adopted the allotment as part of their home.
May has seen the lifting of some restrictions and the opening of garden centres. This gave us the go ahead to start our plant sales. As people were out walking a lot more and the weather was so good we attracted a lot of attention. People were genuinely impressed with what we were doing and said they “didn’t realise we were here”.
In many ways lockdown has done us some good because more people are aware of what we are doing and have said they will come back later on in the year for vegetables.
Everyone has said how impressed they were with our efforts and loved the fact that it was for the community. People have enjoyed being able to get plants by way of donations not mattering how little it is and many have been very generous. So far we have raised £250.
June has seen our crops coming on great guns. We have a sea of onions and potatoes. Lots of garlic, carrots, runner beans, leeks, red cabbage, spouts, tomatoes, sweet corn, celery to name but a few.
These have all been grown from seed in our poly tunnel. The fruit is coming on really well. Some of this produce will be made into homemade jams and chutneys which alongside the produce will all be available for sale.
Some will be donated to local charities. Our flower beds are looking good. We plan to eventually have a seating area here where people will be able to purchase produce and have a cup of tea and even maybe a slice of cake!
A summer update will follow.