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Summer at the Allotment
by Ellis Hayward on October 1st, 2015

​Well summer is over and autumn is strengthening its grip. The leaves on the trees are beginning to turn fiery colours of red, orange and yellow up on the allotment. It’s been a mixed year for growing with very strange weather, sometimes dry, then very wet, then very hot then terribly cold: this pattern is not good for plant growth. Also like other growers on the allotment we have suffered a rabbit problem; but these things are sent to try us and we have had some successes: broad beans, spinach beet, onions, turnips, rocket and potatoes have all done quite well and hard working volunteers have had some fresh vegetables to take home.
 
The poly tunnel is a great addition to the plot but needs some changes, such as ventilation, which we hope will improve things. Some plans for winter are the construction of a small herb garden and a dew pond. We have forged good relations with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and had a visit from one of the Fairfield schools out for a nature walk with the Trust. The school and the Trust were both impressed by the garden and hope to possibly take an active part in the future. Alderbrook Connect are also a frequent visitor. The wildlife spotted in the garden such as butterflies, dragonflies, voles in the meadow and a variety of birds have been an added bonus and we hope to keep creating a sustainable wildlife friendly environment at the garden.


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Ellis Hayward - October 2nd, 2015 at 5:03 AM
Thanks Pete for all your efforts
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