Girl power comes to the allotments

muwagaAs recently as 20 years ago allotments were very much a male preserve. This has been changing for years but recently I was struck by the increasing numbers of women taking on allotments in Milton. It is having a positive influence in the appearance of the allotments, the range of flowers and produce being grown and provides far more interesting conversations – long may it continue. Come and have a look – the allotments have the most glorious outlook.

Summertime and the living is easy
You know, those words deserve to have a song written about them! I love the summer as it brings welcome warmth, replaces my winter frown with a smile and brings the bonus that we can all enjoy those lovely fresh spring and summer vegetables in-season when I think they are at their best. Summer also gives us the chance to take time to enjoy our gardens and the lovely countryside we live in. In years past, the late spring period was referred to as ‘the hungry gap’ as winter crops ran out and spring crops were still not ready. Of course, today this is readily solved by the use of a freezer and a visit to the supermarket but we can still try to produce crops on the allotment to bridge the gap. Mind you, I am glad to be living now; had we been left to rely on our allotments this spring the Lewis family would have gone hungry!

The show must go on
Our Annual Produce Show will be held on 25th August, in the Beaconsfield Hall this year as the Milton Hall will be closed for the planned kitchen refurbishment. The show schedules will be out in July and the latest Milton Gardener outlines the changes to the classes. I always encourage anyone to have a go; you do not need to be a member of MUWAGA to enter and the classes cover vegetables, flowers, baking, preserves, drinks and more. You don’t garden? – no problem, there is flower arranging, photography and this year a class for scarecrows so, hopefully, there is a class to suit most people. This is a local, friendly event and if you think the standard will be too high, just come and see my entries! I hope to see you there. Even if you do not enter, come and have a look, you may be inspired and there is always the tea and cakes.

And finally…
Our first evening talk for the 2018/19 season is on Composting and No Dig Techniques by Robert Longstaff. It will be in Milton Village Hall (refurbished kitchen up and running) on 26th September at 19:30. Robert is a truly inspiring speaker and I hope to see you there.

Happy gardening

Tony Lewis

August – September 2018