Gardening Tips

The Plot 32 Project

Plot 32 has been restored from a pathway into a flourishing growing space in a link up between Highcliffe Community Allotments Association (HCAA), the City Council allotments service and social firm ‘Oasis Gardening’.
  
The ‘Plot 32’ project seeks to offer people on the waiting list the opportunity to experience gardening before they are offered a tenancy. Allotments Officer Michael Peacock told an HCAA committee meeting that around 50% of new tenants city wide give up their plot in the first year. Whilst some people come to a new plot with skills and knowledge others may benefit from gardening on a small scale at Highcliffe before taking on a full plot.

The site has been cleared and raised beds have been built for up to nine people to take on a starter plot. Volunteers from HCAA, Allotment Ranger Bob Chowdrey and Oasis Gardening began work on clearing the plot during the summer and the beds are now in place, manured and with pathways laid.

Oasis Gardening services draws its staff and volunteers from a wide variety of backgrounds offering people opportunities for employment and volunteering through gardening services and growing vegetables at their project HQ in Fulwood.

Thanks go out from HCAA to all those who have helped to turn this piece of unpromising scrub into a great new growing opportunity.


Metal Theft

Recently, there has been a theft of some items of metal from a plot near the road on the upper part of the site. Please be on the look out - it's the usual open back truck but it appears these people had a gate key. Despite this could everyone make an effort to lock gates when they enter and leave the site - and do call the Police with the registration number of any vehicle you suspect is intruding on our site.


Vandalism

In the past there have been several incidents of vandalism on the Highcliffe plots. If you witness or are victim of any vandalism, please report the incident to the police by phoning 101. They will take it seriously, however small the incident. 


Use of conifer chippings as mulch

We looked this up on the RHS website, which advises 'Fresh conifer clippings can contain plants toxins and must be composted first for at least 6 weeks to avoid leaching of chemicals such as tannins out of the woody material which can harm plants'.


Gardening tips: Plant spacings 

Get the best out of your plot by getting your spacings right - this encourages the growth of healthy, productive plants. Download the guide (pdf file).  


Nutrition: Grow your way to 5 a day

Find out about the contribution to your diet of various fruits and vegetables. Grow your way to 5 a day (pdf file).