Covid-19

National Allotment Society

The Prudhoe Gardeners’ Society is following the advice issued by the National Allotment Society with regards to access to our allotments within the town as well as committee meetings, AGMs, trading Hut facilities and all the other management tasks where groups are involved in managing our sites for the good of all our plot holders during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The ongoing advice is to be found on this link

The National Allotment Society has cancelled all its regional and area meetings and most of the staff will be working from home as of the end of this week for the foreseeable future. This does not mean that we, the member associations, do not have access to help and advice as always – just that it may take may take a little longer to happen if it is not Covid-19 related.

Many of the national shows where we expect to meet the National Allotment Society face to face have also been cancelled.

If you wish to contact the Prudhoe Gardeners’ Society you can do so by emailing us at allotmentassociation@hotmail.com of following us on Facebook. We will open the Hut again as soon as it is safe to do so in order to let us meet you face to face.

Seed Saving and Swapping Website

Mixed VegetablesInto the inbox of the Prudhoe Gardeners’ Association email has just come an interesting notice of a seed swapping website which may be of interest to our allotment holders.

For anyone who regularly saves seeds from crops that he/she has grown this is the place to trade them for other items that are out of the ordinary run of shop/garden centre/run of the mill online website supplies.

Some gardeners really enjoy saving seeds from home grown crops which become heirloom or heritage and which are suited to the local climate/soil of the area. All is explained on the site.

It’s worth a read just to learn something out of the ordinary and to consider if seed saving is for you.

Support the Hut

Our trading HutWe have a full range of seeds, fertilisers, Humax compost, canes … For a membership fee of £3 a year you can buy what you want in quantities you want and ask questions – we can try to answer and mostly do. If we don’t stock something we can investigate whether we can buy in and whether it would be good to stock.

Support a local community orchard

Ovingham Community Orchard

We do ask our allotment holders to talk to the committee before they plant fruit trees on their plots. It may suit you but it can be troublesome when we come to let the allotment to someone else in the future. You could support one of the local community orchards in the area instead.

The new orchard on the block is down at Ovingham which is an easy journey from Prudhoe and not hard to find.

See their website at Ovingham Community Orchard

Water saving on the allotment

Water buttsTo save us paying out more on the water supply on our allotment sites we would like to encourage all of our allotment holders to use water butts to make use of rainfall (it’s free and then we can spend the money saved on more important things than water bills).

Fitted to guttering on your shed or greenhouse you can keep more than one water butt storing water.

Good offers on water butts can be found here from Northumbrian Water and lots of advice on using water outside the home can also be found on the Northumbrian Water site. It’s also worth looking at Freecycle, gumtree and Facebook Marketplace to see if there are even cheaper offers.