We understand that the cup judges have made their decisions and will be reporting to the committee at its August meeting. A full announcement of the results will be made once the committee has ratified this adjudication.
One of our members discovered a well on her plot. This was unexpected and could have been a serious hazard. Quite rightly, she consulted the committee who are working with her to take steps to make it safe.
Please let us know if you find any unexpected hazards on your plot.
Stay safe on allotments
Stay safe, and risk assess. Being safe is no accident. Remember that “common sense” is not very common at all. Perhaps it should be called extremely rare sense? The committee is committed to keeping our allotments as safe as possible. That is why we have a safety policy and recommend all members read and follow its guidelines. See the policy on our website
Or maybe study the hazards checklist and suggest any improvements…..
Contact us if you have any comments on safety or our other policies.
Field Tour by the committee
The committee were able to tour Margaret Road and Windmill Avenue fields on 20 July. They were very pleased with the progress being made and recent improvements at Margaret Road. Windmill Avenue continues to be a successful and beautiful part of the landscape. Well done to all the members and stewards of these two fields who have been working hard on their plots.
Margaret Road teamwork to clear verges and weeds
On Saturday 10th July a team of stewards and helpers used strimmer and scythe to clear some of the overgrown verges and weeds. Many thanks to all who helped and to Peter for organising. Peter is considering whether to do more sessions soon, so if you are interested in helping please email him on email@example.com
Facebook goes from strength to strength. – new members are joining, competitions, advice and ideas. Find us on Facebook as Kettering Allotment Society. We are trying to keep things positive, so if you have something negative to report, please contact your steward privately. Stewards will deal with these things discretely rather than putting news of them on Facebook.
Gosha has joined the stewards team at Margaret Road. She is now the steward for the second riding. To contact Gosha, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
More members are using mulch to suppress weeds and conserve water. One source of bulk straw is Lisa Middleton. She supplies large and small bales of straw and hay, delivered to your plot. There is a minimum delivery order of £55, so it is probably best if a few members organise a delivery between them. To contact Lisa Middleton, text her on 07923 471 513 If you know of any other suppliers of straw, please let us know.
Please avoid smoky fires
We have had a few instances of smoky bonfires recently. Allotment members have had their precious gardening time spoiled by breathing smoke and the air has been polluted. Please don’t burn green waste and try to avoid smoky fires. The question many members ask is “What shall I do with these weeds?”
What can I do with these pulled-out weeds?
Turn the weeds into compost, either in a compost bin or covering them with cardboard, see photos below
Use the pulled-out weeds as mulch on top of cardboard. They will soon shrivel up at this time of year and rot. See photos below…
Give the weeds to some chickens, they will love scratching around looking for worms and insects and turn them into eggs and manure
Put “difficult” weeds in your green waste bin at home. Some weeds may grow back, so best to remove and the green waste bin at home is ideal.
Take the weeds to the recycling depot (council “tip”)
Woody waste, eg blackberry branches may be burned when dry, but is quite useful if put into any gaps in the boundary hedges. Their thorns will help improve our security.
Cardboard is the cheapest weedkiller
Some members have been using cardboard to kill the weeds on their plots
Turning food waste into compost – amazing device (but a bit pricey…)
IBC water tanks (1000 litres) available for £45 delivered to your plot
Contact Roy Edmunds, phone Roy on 07515 915 197
The cost is great value for money – only £45
IBCs – for £45 including delivery phone Roy on 07515 915 197
or email Roy at email@example.com