Congratulations to all of our award winning plotholders. Awards are very important because they recognise the hard work that goes into keeping a plot looking good. But it also gives the rest of us a standard to aspire to.
The EDAS Fruit Garden occupies a small corner of the allotment on the intersection of Mattock Lane and Northfields Avenue. This part of the allotment site was neglected for a couple of years after it's previous plot holder moved out of London. It couldn’t be let for a while because it fell inside the proposed development site so although it was once part of a beautiful flower garden it was not looking it's best. Thankfully Pathways have decided not to proceed with their plans.
One very blustery Saturday in late October we opened the gates at Northfields Allotments for our fourth Halloween Pumpkin Trail. The site was decorated with spiders, bats, cobwebs, ghosts and lots of fairy lights. There were skeletons everywhere; having a bath in a water tank, drunkenly propped up in a wheelbarrow, riding a tricycle, & chained to a rack. We even had a skeleton doctor giving a mummy a blood transfusion.
If you have a glut of courgettes, tomatoes or fruit try one of these seasonal recipes to preserve your precious produce so you can enjoy it all year round. No home grown produce of your own? No problem you can buy home grown, homemade preserves on the produce stall at the Halloween Pumpkin Trail. This year I haven't had to buy a single new jar -help me keep this going by bringing your clean empty jars to the event.
On Sunday 7th July we opened our gates for our annual summer open day welcoming over a thousand visitors to share our beautiful site with us. We were delighted to have artists from Ealing Art Beat and singers from Capital Chorus to add an extra special bit of creativity to the atmosphere. We even spotted our local MP, Rupa Huq, joining in for a song or two. Visitors were able to treat themselves to some home grown plants, fresh produce and preserves. Children had fun decorating log discs, planting their own tomato plants and hunting for our most eccletic sheds.