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Moor Green Allotments

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Moor Green Matters,

April 2015

Dear Plot holder

Welcome to Moor Green Matters

This edition:


 How will your plot measure up?

 AGM fast approaching

 Constitution review

 Gearing up for a new Committee

 Site matters - Skips, tyres, carpets and brook contamination

 Spring is here - support your Seed Store

 Welcome to new plot holders

 ONLY one winner for March

 TIME for April’s competition

 Oz goes viral with winter pruning

 Lottie’s Bean Feast

 Pavilion hire

 Dates for your diary

Coming next month:

Inspection outcome

Your new Association Committee


What are you up to down on the plot now that Spring seems to have finally arrived? The inspection team will be around this month, so we hope everyone has been really busy. Those little Tiger worms in my wormery have been very industrious mulching up a handful of kitchen waste everyday, but no sign of any liquid compost yet! Green manures have been dug in, potatoes are chitting vigorously and onions are growing well in modules, ready for planting now. Broad beans are hardening off, cabbages and leeks are showing in their seeds trays in the poly tunnel and roots are about to be sown - it’s all go from now on and twice weekly visits to the plot are a must if you want to keep on top of everything.

Volunteers have also been busy around the site…Mick Docker and Mark Wright have fitted more speed bumps along the main road though (see the hazard warning in Site Matters)…Peter Jupe and Mick Docker have ensured the Seed Store is open every weekend thanks to a team of volunteers…Steve Gwynne has filled four skips with site rubbish….Robert Osborne aka ‘Oz’ has hazard taped off the contaminated brook course…Andy Turrell and Oonah King have helped sort out the lockers in zones G and H…Jenny Jupe has let more plots and continues to deal with plot holder queries… Malcolm Caston reported the stand pipe damage in Zone B before we had a disaster on our hands…and, of course, Mark Wright, Boswell Douglas aka ‘Dougie’ and Oonah King ensured the Pavilion was opened and kept clean. Are you doing your bit to ensure the site is a great place to be - we do need everyone’s help…so read on….

How will your plot measure up?…

…when Carol Moore and his inspection team of Mick Docker and Peter Jupe make their Spring tour on Saturday 11 April? The number of plots not showing at least 75% cultivation, including poly tunnels and green houses, has reduced year on year, which is great news for everyone. But do ensure you are harvesting water, structures are looking well maintained, your plot is clean and free from unnecessary rubbish, alongside being well cultivated …and remember no tyres or carpet on your plot.

The AGM is fast approaching….

Is the date in your diary? Saturday 25 April 2015, starting at 11.00am…see the attached pdf for the agenda, Birmingham University speaker and sale of reconditioned tools. Free rolls available at the end for those who want to stay on and chat over a drink from the bar or kitchen. One of our tasks as a Management Group is to ensure we operate within a code, not only the Councils’ Management agreement, but our own membership constitution. The current constitution is appended as a pdf and a revised copy, which needs to be approved by the membership, will be with your shortly courtesy of our chair, James Brown.

and, of course, we’re gearing up for a new Committee…your Association needs you!…

Nominations for membership of the Committee remain open until 11 April 2015 so search your conscience to see if you can donate your time during 2015-2016 to help run and maintain the site.

Of skips, tyres, carpets, brook contamination and other safety matters on site….

A firm reminder about some City Council rules that, regrettably, we see being ignored around the site. We have a commitment to keeping Moor Green a pleasant and safe environment. Please adhere to the rules

A reminder about Parking on site….

The brook course at the back of plot 62, crossing the road by plots 6 and 7 and running down behind plot 31 and over to plot 99 has become contaminated with sewage. Oz has taped off the area but do please keep away until Severn Trent has given the brook the all clear.

Meanwhile the water is turned back on to the top half of the site, but will go off again when the clocks change.

Spring is here so support your Seed Store…

Products include:

Potatoes/Onions/Shallots and Broad beans

13 varieties of seed potatoes, three of which we’ve not previously carried. Price £1.25 per kilo/£19.00 per bag

2 varieties of onions - Stuttgarter and Turbo @ £2.40 per kilo

2 varieties of shallots - Centurion and Red Sun @ £2.50 per kilo

Kings Seeds

A fantastic selection of Kings seeds, all with 40p of RRP per packet

Water harvesting

Industrial Bulk Containers (IBCs) to order  £50.00

Blue Water Barrels   each  £7.50

Compost, manure, fertiliser and pest control

Erin Friable compost 75L bag £4.50, 3 bag deal £4.00 p bag, 15 bag deal £3.50 p bag

Well rotted horse manure  £4.25 p bag, 3 bag deal £4.00 p bag, 15 bag deal £3.50 p bag

Chicken manure   Large tub  £6.50

Growmore    per kilo  £1.20

Lime     per kilo  £1.00

Slug pellets    per kilo  £2.60

Ground cover, netting and canes:

Ground cover  Standard 2m wide @ £1.00 per m, Durable 2.5m wide @ £1.00 per m,

   Durable 4.5m @ £2.00 per m

Fleece   1.5m wide 40p per m

Blue piping for hoops per m  £1.50

Netting (for birds)  Black, 10m wide £2.20 per m

Netting (for butterflies) Blue fine 3m wide £2.50 per m

Bean canes  8ft   30 p each

Can’t see what you want? Drop into the Seed Store and ask if we can supply it at competitive prices! Look out for adverts around the site or for any ‘specials’

Seed Store Opening times:

Saturday and Sunday  12.00 - 2.00 pm, Cheques (payable to MaDAHAL) or cash ONLY

Can you give a couple of hours to serve in the store? Contact Peter Jupe on

M| 07971 250 903 or E| peter.jupe@btinternet.com


Newcomers and transfers……..

Tony Collier has transferred from Fox Hollies to plot 238N - a large plot in Zone K

Michelle Qi and Lu Li have taken on a 35B, a half plot in Zone C

Glyn and Fabe Lydiate are are considering 103A in Zone D and Cayla McDougall is considering 75A in Zone B.

Following the excellent master class on winter pruning Oz has gone viral thanks to Jonathan Birkett aka Dadcam. Follow his video instruction on Youtube https://youtu.be/x8sQfgw41cI. Don’t forget there is a wealth of gardening information in the Pavilion, as well as the internet and our website - to be launched at the AGM.

Congratulations to our March competition winner, now it’s your turn to enter….

Charlotte Birkett, plot 112, correctly named three designer beers sold in the Pavilion - “Bhacka Rackhams’, ‘Sweet FA’ and ‘Baskerville Bitter’ and wins four free packets of Kings Seeds.

This month it’s a little more cryptic - we’re asking you to tell us which plot has ‘big TIME’. If you have a chat with Mark or Oonah they might even tell you which zone it is in. BTW, the plot owner and partner can’t enter! Three lucky winners can select up to £7.50 worth of products from the Seed Store.

Text your answers to me, Jenny Jupe, on 07971153938, by Friday 24 April  and all correct entries will go into a draw to be picked at the AGM on Saturday 28 March. Cheers.

Competition closing date:           Friday 24 April 2015

Lottie’s plot

At the start of the year we featured a link to Lottie’s plot or her Charlottment. Enjoy watching Charlotte and Toby at work during Programme three and find out why she’s called it Bean Feast! and see the progress they are making. https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=PiK7jVcuXos

Pavilion hire

Along with devolved management the Council have tightened up on the procedures for Pavilion hire. Event booking forms, together with Risk Assessments, have to be with allotment officers at least four weeks in advance for permission to hold events and check insurance details. This means we need them well before the event, especially if you are requesting a bar licence extension. Contact Mark Wright, Pavilion Manager, for details and availability on 07542923424.

We have re-stocked the magazine carousel with spring copies of horticultural magazines, including 'Grow your own', Gardener’s World’, ‘RHS Garden’ and 'Kitchen Garden', and for bird-lovers, back issues of Birding’, ‘RSPB’ and other wildlife magazine, so do call in and look at some of the copies over a glass of something good.

Pavilion opening hours have changed and are as follows:

Friday  6.00 pm until midnight

Saturday midday until midnight

Sunday summer opening midday until 8.30 pm or earlier if quiet

Dates for your diary

Saturday 11 April  Spring plot inspection

Monday 11 May  Re-inspection of plots causing concern

Saturday 25 April  Last meeting of the current Association Committee

Saturday 25 April  MaDAHAL AGM

Saturday 30 May  First meeting of the new Association Committee

Saturday 29 August  Annual Produce Show to be confirmed

the last word....

There are three pdf attachments:

Plot inspection details

AGM agenda

2011 Constitution

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