Newsletter December 2020

Water now switched off

You will have noticed that the water has been switched off for the winter. This is done to protect the pipes from being damaged if the temperature drops to freezing. As soon as possible in the early spring, the water will be switched on again.

In the meantime, a water barrel that collects rainwater from a roof is of great benefit to those growing anything in a greenhouse.

There are, after all, a number of useful winter salads that you can grow and harvest throughout these empty months. Corn salad, land cress and oriental salad leaves such as komatsuna, mibuna, mizuna, mustard and rocket will provide cut-and-come-again leaves through the winter if grown in a greenhouse, or indeed, if covered with fleece.

Green waste skip near trading shed

A fresh green waste skip has arrived. It is located near the Nursery Gate entrance because the location in the centre of the site is too soft for a skip during the winter.

Tell me what languages you speak

On our site, we believe we have plotholders from more than 20 different countries. I would love to find out just how many different languages are spoken by our gardeners. I reckon we could start a global translation service. Let me make a start: I am Austrian and I speak German.

Why don’t you drop me a line to and tell me which country you are from and which languages you speak. I would like to report back in a future newsletter on just how diverse the Pointalls community is. After all, this diversity in ethnic origin and languages also leads to a multitude of gardening methods and huge variety of produce grown. The wider the better, the Londoner in me says.

Greenhouse safety

With bad weather in the winter, we would urge all owners of greenhouses to be aware of safety on site and make sure that their greenhouses are safe in high winds. A greenhouse with panes missing could be damaged severely in high winds.

Merry Christmas

Wishing you all a quiet and safe festive season and a happy and healthy 2021!

The hellebore is also called Christmas rose and today I noticed this year’s flower buds are peaking out of the ground. Not long until Christmas now.

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