Newsletter January 2021


New lockdown in force

As coronavirus cases have increased dramatically in Barnet and other parts of the UK, the government has announced a full lockdown. Allotments remain open as part of the daily exercise that is allowed.

We urge all plotholders to adhere to the law and guidelines. There are simple actions we must all take to keep protecting each other

  • Wash hands, keep washing your hands regularly
  • Cover face, wear a face covering in enclosed spaces
  • Make space, stay at least two metres apart
  • Wear gloves when touching any gate locks or other communal items
  • Do not share tools
  • Do not wash your hands in the water tanks
  • If you display any symptoms of coronavirus, you must stay at home and self-isolate for at least 14 days or until symptoms have passed and follow general NHS and government advice.

Outdoors, we are allowed to meet one person who is not in our household or bubble, as long as we observe social distancing.

And for the protection of us all let’s wish for a JABby New Year!

Green waste skip

We can report a fantastic recycling achievement.  In 2020, we filled our green waste skips with 20 tonnes of green waste according to the annual weighbridge data. That is 56 cubic metres or 20,000 kilograms.  This is the equivalent of the capacity of a large HGV truck.

What we collect in the green waste skips is composted and turned into a dark compost material for use in a variety of commercial horticultural settings. It is a way of contributing positively to the environment.

Of course, of even greater environmental benefit would be if we were all to compost on our own plots. That way zero transport miles would be clocked up.

Here is a reminder which materials are permitted for the green waste skip:

  • Dry vegetation
  • Green vegetation
  • Grasses/grass cuttings
  • Flowers
  • Leaves
  • Weeds
  • Plants
  • Fruit
  • Shrubs/bushes
  • Hedge trimmings
  • Tree prunings

PS: This Pointalls green waste initiative is now being taken up by more Barnet Allotment Federation sites.

Annual invoices

Last month, we sent our 2021 plot rental invoices which we hope were safely received.

Should you not have received your invoice please contact membership@pointalls.org and a copy will be emailed by return.

Invoices should be paid no later than 31 January 2021.

Veg planner

We are pleased to make available a free copy of the RHS Grow Your Own annual vegetable planner.

This helpful chart lists 36 of the most popular vegetables and shows when to sow, plant and harvest, month by month.

To download a copy just follow this link or go to our website, find the page called Growing Advice, scroll down to Useful Articles and click on Vegplanner.

January jobs on the plot

  • Chit seed potatoes
  • Sow broad beans in pots and under cover
  • Harvest winter varieties of cabbages, cauliflowers, leeks, celeriac, parsnips and swedes
  • Spread well rotted manure or compost over empty vegetable beds
  • Draw up a sowing and planting plan for the year ahead (see RHS veg planner)
  • Apply grease bands to fruit trees (available from the trading shed once it re-opens in February)
  • Spread potash around the base of fruit trees/bushes (also available from the trading shed)
  • The winter months are an important time to prepare allotments for the growing season. This includes weeding and general tidying up.

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