Newsletter March 2022 (2)

Workshops are returning

We are offering workshops in composting and pruning for anyone who wants to improve their gardening practice.

Paul Castignetti, our site manager, is inviting all to the first session next Sunday 27 March at 10am outside the trading shed. He will explain how to compost your weeds and grass cuttings, and end up with beautiful, nourishing organic matter that will feed your vegetables .

The second session will be on Sunday 10 April at 4pm on pruning of trees and shrubs and will offer advice on pruning techniques and timing.

And a third session, again on composting, is scheduled for Sunday 24 April at 10am.

All sessions are outside the trading shed. Just come along on the day with your questions.

If you have ideas what future topics should be covered, be they in the form of workshops or of talks, just drop me a line and we can see what we can organise. We have some extremely experienced gardeners on site who may well be open to sharing some of their knowledge with beginners and improvers.

Thank you to our volunteers

We want to send a warm thank you to our volunteers who have been helping with important general maintenance around the site. This contribution is worth a very great deal to all of the plotholders at Pointalls.

Plot competition to be run as real event

Barnet Allotment Federation (BAF) will hold its competition for best plots in Barnet as a real event this year. Following two years when Covid forced BAF to run a virtual competition based on photos, in 2022 the judges will return in person.

You may remember it is only two years ago that Anca Covaci and Lina Hellgren of plot 116 came third in the whole of Barnet. In May 2021, the two prize winners were presented with their trophy by Kirstie Burgin, vice chair of BAF.

This is to alert everyone who is thinking of entering this year to start planning their growing so as to have the best chance. Timing is all important in this, so it is just as well to be aware that initial and final judging is planned for the weekends of 16 July and 23 July.

Plot inspections will start in May

Walkarounds by the gardening working group will start in May. This group is responsible for making sure that we fulfill the requirements of our lease with Barnet and achieve a suitable level of cultivation, as well as keeping pathways mowed and clear, and plots reasonably tidy.

Open garden in Deansway N2

On 8 May, two of our plotholders are opening their garden for charity. Located at 7 Deansway N2 it is our chance to view a beautiful garden for a small admission fee of £5 that all goes to charity.

Joan Arnold and Tom Heinersdorff, the owners of this garden, will also sell tea and coffee, homemade cakes and jam, as well as homegrown plants on the day between noon and 6pm.

All proceeds will go to the National Garden Scheme. Every year, the National Garden Scheme raises millions for nursing and health charities thanks to the generosity of garden owners and visitors.

open gardens

Water back on

You may have noticed that the water has been switched on. As usual, John Waterhouse has done a brilliant job, finding and fixing a problem with one of the water tanks before ensuring the water was back across the whole site.


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