We now have details of the stock ordered for SEEOG’s Seed Potato Day (Saturday 27 February)
First Early seed potatoes ordered for February 2016 – harvest around July:
First Early varieties are quick-growing, cropping in around ten weeks. Not recommended for storage. A good choice to avoid potato late blight.
Accent, Colleen (organic), Epicure, Foremost, Home Guard, Lady Cristl, Orla (organic), Red Duke of York, Rocket, Ulster Prince (also good drought resistance), Ulster Sceptre, Winston [Read more…]
During 2016, South East Essex Organic Gardeners – SEEOG – are promoting a pilot survey to observe and record the bird presence on and around their local allotments.
This year is just a “pilot” and we have just “kicked-off”, so now it is up to anyone who wants to play to work out what best suits their allotment site. If some allotment sites are unsure, we suggest they try out the casual observation approach to get a feel for it.
The aim is to use the results to help measure the contribution that allotment sites make in supporting wildlife in the urban environment.
We knew wildlife observation and recording was already done on some allotments, and that many had programs in place to encourage wildlife, so in September 2015 we made preliminary contact with some allotment sites around South Essex to see if there was sufficient interest in formally recording the bird life on and around their sites. [Read more…]
At Rochford District Council’s Development Committee (21 January) – where one of the agenda items was Pond Chase Nursery (Hockley) – the development will go ahead. However, one of the conditions was for a plot of land 2,520m to set aside for allotments. Hockley Parish Council will be contacted with a view to running them. [Read more…]