Do local allotment holders in the Prudhoe area weigh up the produce from your allotment regularly? If so, this site may be of interest to you. MyHarvest – the idea is as follows and the site comes with help and instructions as to how to weigh:
MYHarvest (Measure Your Harvest) is your opportunity to participate in an exciting research project that will estimate the contribution people who grow their own fruit and vegetable crops are making to UK national food production.
At present, there is a recognition that own-growing in the UK makes a really important contribution to food security, healthy diets and general well-being, but we currently have a poor understanding of how much own-grown food people are able to produce.
This will be key to providing the vital evidence base to support the use of land for growing spaces within our cities and towns, at a time when people are becoming increasingly interested in growing their own fruit and vegetables.
If nothing else you will know if you plot is worth the money you spend on it.
The website http://www.hosepipeban.org.uk/ is a useful source of information on the use of hosepipes and whether there is a ban in your area.
There is also plenty of back history over recent years about hosepipe bans and a number of articles which make interesting reading.
It’s certainly a resource to keep available.
Meanwhile the Royal Horticultural Society has a lot of useful information on water saving in the garden.
Transition Tynedale’s annual plant swap stall will be held at the Hexham Farmers’ market will this year be on May 13th 2017.
You can take any spare vegetables, or fruit seedlings or seeds to the stall to swap with something you don’t have. This is a good chance to try something knew or replace failed crops, you never know what you might find !
This year Transition Tynedale is also asking for pollination plants for bees and other insects. If you have nothing to swap don’t worry – just give a donation !
This is an interesting event for gardeners of all sorts and the panel are local gardeners and growers so have answers that are relevant to the area.
Tuesday 23rd May, 7 – 9.30 pm, Ovington Social Club
Have you got a question about your garden, allotment, greenhouse, poly tunnel, plants, veg, flowers… ?
Challenge our panel of expert growers: Ian Todd, GO Local Food, Tom Martin, Wylam Nurseries, Kate Norris, Battlesteads Hotel, and chaired by Mark Lamb, Environmental Services, Newcastle City Council
Tickets £5 incl supper (soup & pud), with drinks from the bar
email questions in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets from the field if you are collecting produce, or from the website via Paypal www.golocalfood.org.uk
You can find us: Go Local Food, Halls of Heddon Nursery, Ovington, NE42 6EE
Our Prudhoe Allotment Association Annual General Meeting is to be held on Wednesday 5th April 2017.
It’s in the back room of the Prudhoe United Services Club otherwise known as the Legion and starts at 7 pm. All allotment holders are welcome to come along. We would like to see some volunteers willing to help on the committee this year please.