Thursday, 12 December 2013

End of the Year

 The Potting Shed

We were the only meshuganahs at the allotments today, but just wanted to check on any storm damage (none luckily) and water the cabbages and broccoli in the greenhouse.

This time of year offers a good opportunity to take stock and plan for next season.

Also, we hope to be involved in the food festival on 23 February, so watch this space.   This is the first north of England Jewish Nosh Fest which will be held in Leeds.  The two-day event, organised by Makor, will feature food stalls, cookery demonstrations, samplings, family activities, talks and community schemes. Check for details.


Saturday, 30 November 2013

End of November

Thomas Hood’s poem comes to mind; here is the last verse ....

No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member--
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds,

We can’t really complain about November this year; the weather hasn’t kept us away.

The broad beans Aquadulce Claudia are doing well.  We have planted the garlic Germidour, staked and netted the peas and watered the broccoli and cabbage in the greenhouse.

We will be visiting the allotment less frequently over the winter, but there is plenty of planning to be done, as we are entering Yorkshire in Bloom for the It’s Your Neighbourhood category in 2014.


Thursday, 21 November 2013

Winter and Wildlife

Rainbow Allotment is looking quite presentable.  We can’t claim all the nachas; mother nature is causing the growth of weeds to slow down as Winter approaches.  We had our first taste of snow last night.

The broad beans are growing well and a few of the onions are showing through.  We have taken the dahlias in until the Spring frosts are over.

Planting tulips at the entrance to the allotment, daffodil bulbs planted last year were showing shoots.  Don’t you just love continuity?

The wildlife was out in full force this week; squirrels, magpies and a handsome fox, which came too close for my liking.

If anyone wishes to help out, there are always tasks to do.  You could even take photos of the wildlife or the amazing view, read a book, write or read. 

Sunday, 3 November 2013

November news

Good to see the recently sown peas and broad beans beginning to grow.  It’s amazing what weeding and watering for an hour or so a week can do.  It gives a real feeling of achievement.  If anyone wishes to join us, drop us a comment or contact Adrienne at the MAZCC; great views, no heavy digging involved and the sun always shines on our plot!



Sunday, 27 October 2013

Autumn Planting

We’ve been really busy at Rainbow Allotment lately with some welcome help from the Mitzvah and Marrow team.

After harvesting the rest of the bumper crop of runner beans, we have planted out cabbage and purple sprouting broccoli.

Ros planted up a couple of containers with polyanthus and winter pansies.

Rainbow Allotment

Okies, so I have been asked to start up a blog for the Rainbow Allotment Project which is part of the LJWB. Last year we were given a large allotment plot and planted with help from Neshama, some tomatoes, broccoli, cucumbers and other various vegetables and fruit. We have amazing residents, staff and volunteers who enjoy visiting the allotment and enjoy planting, sowing and not forgetting WEEDING !!!!!
I will be uploading some pictures very soon so you will be able to see how we are getting on and planting the winter vegetables.