On Wednesday 28th January, plotholders were invited to learn the ancient art of hedge laying at the allotments.
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On 15th January Jam Yesterday, Jam Tomorrow ran a workshop on fruit tree planting and pruning at their market garden in Marble Hill Park. Head gardener, Kate Robinson led the workshop, attended by a good crowd, including ten RPA plotholders! Kate provided a brief background history, how fruit trees had originally been planted as orchards in Twickenham and Hampton where market gardens had abounded – originally the ‘Garden of England’.
Kate then gave us a practical demonstration in preparing the ground, planting and staking and tying in bare root cordons, espaliers and fans, using heritage varieties of apples and pears.
You can download Kate’s full set of notes as a PDF by clicking here.
Click here for a PDF of the fruit varieties used in the Model Market Garden.
Sunday 8th February, 11am - 12.30pm
Don’t you always find that there are far too many seeds in a packet?
Don’t waste them! Bring your spare seeds along to Seedy Sunday and browse through those that have been brought by other plotholders. In return for a small suggested donation, take away seeds of new varieties or try crops you’ve never thought of before.
When you bring your seeds, please make sure that the type and variety are clearly marked on the packet or envelope.
Register for the pumpkin and sunflower competitions that will be judged at this year’s Autumn Social (adults 50p, under-15s – 30p).
Plus enjoy delicious home-made cakes, tea and coffee at the Café.
Seedy Sunday will take place outside the Seed Store (or inside if it’s wet).
What should you be sowing and planting now?
What crops should be ready for harvesting?
What jobs need doing on your plot?
Find out in our month-by-month calendar of what to do and when.
Portraits of fellow plotholders proudly displaying their horticultural successes. Inspirational images of nature’s bounty. Or candid shots of the less savoury aspects of allotment life.
Our photo galleries feature all these – and more.