More About Seed Potato Day

potsmallWe 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…]

SEEOG Allotment Survey using BirdTrack, 2016

BirdTrackIconMasterExportDuring 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…]

Allotments in Hockley, at last?

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…]

SEEOG’s talk on Monday 18 January 2016

This is the narrative of Steve Oakley and Faye Owen`s involvement with this derelict church site, starting with a reformulated world adventure, becoming a mobile home venture to Jenny Murrell’s campsite next to this site. Their involvement went from distant interest from their Canvey home to their moving to a cottage opposite to make their tending easier.

The church is in Shopland Hall Lane, previously The Chase. It is /was the oldest Norman church in the Rochford Hundred, sister to Sutton Church. They have investigated graves from records of births, deaths and baptisms. [Read more…]

Traditional Wassailing at St Laurence Orchard: Sunday 7 February, 1.30pm – 3pm

Free Event

St Laurence Orchard, Eastwoodbury Lane, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 6RH

Trust Links, the Southend-based mental health and wellbeing charity, is holding a free wassailing event at St Laurence Orchard in Eastwoodbury Lane on Sunday 7 February from 1.30pm-3.00pm.

Trust Links looks after the historic St Laurence Orchard on behalf of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council. In 2015, the charity revived the ancient custom of wassailing at the orchard and the event proved very popular so will be repeated again this year. Everyone is invited to come along and join in the free celebration of this lovely community orchard and an old tradition. [Read more…]

Gozo Growing #1 (January 2016)

Just over three months ago we moved 1300 miles from Westcliff-on-Sea to start a new life on the island of Gozo. This smaller, greener sister island to neighbouring Malta measures roughly 14 km long by 7.25km (67 square km or about the same size as Manhattan). The island has a sub-tropical Mediterranean climate and is located just south of Sicily enjoying very mild winters and warm/hot summers with long hours of daylight, even during the winter (10.3 hours in January). [Read more…]